Phone: 203 742-1450
Fairfield County Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Bridgeport

April 18, 2024

“Pray hardest when it’s hardest to pray.”
— Anonymous

Your prayers will be answeredSo many times when we are grieving the loss of a loved one, a compassionate person will ask, “Is there anything I can do for you?” Most of us hesitate to say “yes” because we’re proud or self-reliant or we don’t want to put them out or we think the person is just asking to be polite.

However, consider the possibilities. Laundry, grocery shopping, preparing a meal or getting a gift certificate to DoorDash, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow on the sidewalk, picking up the kids from school, watching your cat or dog.

Here’s a suggestion. The next time you’re asked, “What can I do for you?” you should respond, “Can you say a prayer for me? I’m having a tough time these days.” Never hesitate to ask someone to pray for you for a simple reason. Prayer works.

And never hesitate to tell another person who is suffering a loss that you will pray for them.

Be assured that when you pray to God for someone else, your prayer is always answered. That soul receives special graces that will make it receptive to God’s healing love. There is hope. Ask God to send graces to souls in need, to souls who are far from him, to souls who are suffering. Every person wandering in darkness or pain can be relieved.

We will never understand the true effect of our prayers until we pass over to our next life. When you get to Heaven, you will see the results of your prayers for others and be astounded. And you will see all the people whose prayers benefited you at a time when you didn’t think you could go on anymore. By the way, don’t forget to ask them to pick up some milk or eggs because it always makes people feel good to help someone in need.

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