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Originally posted by lightseeker
How can something like this happen? How could anyone be so cruel and heartless as to shoot an unarmed, defenseless woman and her 8 month old child?
Outside source///Ancient Christianity!
Since prayer possesses the power of grace,
it knows no boundaries and does not grow weaker with distance.
It is the result of love, and, like a ray of light, it penetrates men's souls, uniting those who pray with God and with one another.
An ancient story teaches a good lesson.
Once St. Macarius of Egypt(St. Macarius was born in 301 AD in Egypt) found a human skull while walking in the desert.
When Abba Macarius touched the skull with a palm branch, a voice came from the skull.
When the elder asked, "Who are you?,"
the skull answered, "I was a pagan priest and lived in this place.
Abba Macarius, have pity on us who are in eternal torment, and pray for us, for your prayer brings us comfort."
The elder asked, "What comfort comes to you from my prayers?"
The skull answered, "When you pray for us, light appears, and we begin to see one another."
Thus, prayer joins our world with another world,
where the angels, the saints and our departed relatives and friends dwell. Since the moment of the resurrection of Christ death has lost its former fatality; instead, it has become the beginning of a new life.
Now, as St. Paul teaches: "Neither death, nor life...nor height, nor depth...shall be able to separate us from the love of God...
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord; whether we live, therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living" (Rom. 8:38-39; Rom. 14:8-9).
For this reason it is not only possible, but even necessary, to pray for the dead as well as for the living; for, according to the words of the Saviour, to God all are alive (cf. Lk. 20:38).