This I think is very difficult to answer
but that should be answered
by the religious community or the church.
we heard and watched the news about a flashflood
ravaging an entire city
and the nearby towns,
killing hundreds or even thousand of residents.
A man who was not been seen or heard
by his family
lived in one of those places
and he was thought to be one of the fatalities.
Then somebody told the family
that the man drowned while trying to escape
the flash flood.
And he was buried along with the other victims
in a mass grave.
They were surprised by such news
and at the same time heartbroken
because although they never heard about him
for decades since he left,
he was still a part of the family.
So without hesitation,
his family and even his friends
prayed for his soul
and grieved for few weeks.
But years later,
they found out he was alive
and actually survived the catastrophe.
The question is:
Did those prayers by his family and friends
affect him in any way
knowing he was not really dead,
because what they offered
were not ordinary prayers
but prayers for the departed souls?
And some of those prayers
were offered by the priests during the Holy Mass.
And now that he's been dead for years,
will those prayers help his soul
to be at peace and rest in a better place?
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