Sunday, August 30, 2009

Robert Schindler, RIP

Wesley J. Smith tells us of Robert Schindler's death. This is the moment when one really wants to be able to pray something or other for the dead. I have a lot of affection for the way the Prayer Book does it:

And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to grant them continual growth in thy love and service, and to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

For Mr. Schindler, Bill Luse says it best: Now he can hold his daughter again. Amen.


AT said...

From my own blog, a conjecture why we should pray for the dead:

In De Veritate Aquinas mentions Trajan being saved from Hell by St. Gregory's prayers. He said it wasn't "absolute Hell", whatever that is. In S.T., Aquinas says Gregory's prayers brought Trajan back to life so he could repent.

But maybe it is the case of the effect being before the cause - namely, Trajan was pardoned at the moment of death because of the prayers for him which would come in the future after his death.

Whatever the case, it means we should never stop praying for the dead no matter what we may think the state of their souls at death.

Time is no obstacle to God's mercy.

Lydia McGrew said...

Fortunately, I don't think Mr. Schindler particularly _needs_ my prayers. But I can certainly thank God for his life. I hope that he now is at rest.