Making Friends for Eternal Life

When you pray for other persons, by name or more generally by their particular need, you are making friends for eternal life in Heaven. For when you and they all eventually go to Heaven, they will know that you prayed for them, and they will be your friends forever.

So when you pray, choose particular persons to pray for by name. Speak to God on their behalf, about their sufferings and spiritual needs. Pray especially for those who are suffering the most and those who are spiritually lost. Pray for the people you know, that God will have mercy on them in soul, spirit, and body, and that God will secure their path of salvation.

Then, too, pray for groups of persons, whom you do not know by name: the hungry, the sick, the injured, victims of crimes and of wars. Pray for persons who are enslaved by sin and by the false teachings of this sinful world. Pray for people who are suffering, just as you also are suffering in your life, temporally or spiritually. And pray for the Pope, the Bishops, and the whole Church.

In this way, when you arrive in Heaven, you will have many friends who will have benefited from your prayers. You will even have some friends who would not have made it to Heaven, if not for your prayers, acts of self-denial, and works of mercy.

[Luke 16]
{16:1} And he also said to his disciples: “A certain man was wealthy, and he had a steward of his estate. And this man was accused to him of having dissipated his goods.
{16:2} And he called him and said to him: ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship. For you can no longer be my steward.’
{16:3} And the steward said within himself: ‘What shall I do? For my lord is taking the stewardship away from me. I am not strong enough to dig. I am too ashamed to beg.
{16:4} I know what I will do so that, when I have been removed from the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’
{16:5} And so, calling together each one of his lord’s debtors, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my lord?’
{16:6} So he said, ‘One hundred jars of oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your invoice, and quickly, sit down and write fifty.’
{16:7} Next, he said to another, ‘In truth, how much do you owe?’ And he said, ‘One hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your record books, and write eighty.’
{16:8} And the lord praised the iniquitous steward, in that he had acted prudently. For the sons of this age are more prudent with their generation than are the sons of light.
{16:9} And so I say to you, make friends for yourself using iniquitous mammon, so that, when you will have passed away, they may receive you into the eternal tabernacles.
{16:10} Whoever is faithful in what is least, is also faithful in what is greater. And whoever is unjust in what is small, is also unjust in what is greater.
{16:11} So then, if you have not been faithful with iniquitous mammon, who will trust you with what is true?
{16:12} And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours?
{16:13} No servant is able to serve two lords. For either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will cling to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
{16:14} But the Pharisees, who were greedy, were listening to all these things. And they ridiculed him.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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4 Responses to Making Friends for Eternal Life

  1. Matt says:

    Also “Sufferings gladly borne for others convert more people than sermons.”
    Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

  2. Mark P. says:

    Ron, how can we achieve indulgences for souls in purgatory? I know that we can do so, but since we do not know the ultimate fate of those who pass on, I am not sure that I can ask for indulgences on behalf of another person by name. So if John Doe dies and goes directly to heaven, but I am requesting indulgences for him because I think he may be in purgatory, it would seem that those requests would not be necessary . So are we just working on indulgences for anybody who may need them?

    • Ron Conte says:

      Most people go to Heaven through Purgatory. But if an indulgence is not needed for someone, God will apply it to someone else.

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