This is well written! Thank you for posting this! I am a labor doula and for some reason have had so many losses with many of my clients last year.
Why do Catholics pray to Saints? Aren't all Christians Saints?
Understanding we have a little saint praying for us helps. Thank you. I knew the facts but not the scope of them. The truth matters.
They were physically here. And now they are not. Their death may not make sense to us — but their LIFE does make sense. I struggle with this kind of dialogue daily. If I can acknowledge the truth through the pain of my own child loss, then I think we can all do better. Comfort can live in the truth. That is kind of a hard thing to believe. I have to believe that God would like nothing more than for my Son and I to share that joyful embrace in His presence.
Hi Jason, No, I think you misread the article. Because those in heaven ARE saints and NOT angels, we will be able to have that hug once the resurrection of the body takes place.
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Ryan and I lost our baby at 10 weeks and 6 days. It is am and I am hurting. I found your site. Thank you for doing all these posts. They are a blessing to my heart in this time of grief. May God bring you comfort and healing during this painful time. I feel like nobody knows what heaven is like or what exactly happens to us when we die. My daughter lived for 3 minutes. I sometimes call her both. Maybe she is not an actual angel but can you tell me for sure that she is not?
Have you been to Heaven and know. God does anything he he wants. So what does it actually matter? It bothers me when an adult passes and people automatically put them in heaven. We can pray for them and hope to see them again. We just truly do not know. I have heard plenty of people talk about their children being good and calling them an angel. Sometimes I like the thought of her having wings and an ethreal body. As her body was not perfect on earth. Is she a saint absolutely.
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Is she an angel. Hopefully one day I will find out, and then really will it have mattered what I called her?? This post was an attempt to explain why yes, it does matter.
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I hope you read it all. Angels and humans are two completely different creatures. Christians do believe that we can know that some people are in heaven and are saints. Have we SEEN it? But we do see the evidence and it requires an assent of faith that cannot be understood through our senses alone, just like any article of faith. Part of our task here on earth is to seek truth as best we can and this post was an attempt to do that.
I hope that clarifies it a little! Thank you again. And of course, if anyone tried to tell you that your loved one or my mom was not an angel in heaven I would have been hurt too but now that much time has passed and I have learned more about what we believe, it absolutely does matter that we understand that we are not spirits trapped in our bodies here on earth. And we believe in the Resurrection. We believe we will have physical bodies in heaven in order to hug and embrace our loved ones. What about the unbaptized babies that are lost through miscarriage or those babies born still?
I have been told by traditional priests that there actually is a Limbo for such souls where they can enjoy perfect happiness, but not the beatific vision. I know Limbo was never an official doctrine of the Church. I have also heard people try to say that there are baptisms of desire, baptisms of blood, etc. In this case can we really consider them saints? The conclusion of this study is that there are theological and liturgical reasons to hope that infants who die without baptism may be saved and brought into eternal happiness, even if there is not an explicit teaching on this question found in Revelation.
However, none of the considerations proposed in this text to motivate a new approach to the question may be used to negate the necessity of baptism, nor to delay the conferral of the sacrament. Rather, there are reasons to hope that God will save these infants precisely because it was not possible to do for them that what would have been most desirable— to baptize them in the faith of the Church and incorporate them visibly into the Body of Christ.
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Yes, it was very hard to hear this from people after my miscarriages, because I was too emotionally exhausted to correct them. People do not become angels. But at the same time, I had Catholics who wanted to assure me that my child was now a saint. I also lacked the strength to argue with them about this. Fortunately a rock-solid priest had given a homily a year before about how these children who are lost before they can be baptized do not behold the beatific vision, but God has provided for their care.
Even if I do not meet them again, they are not suffering. There are many people I love in this life that I will not meet in heaven, if I am fortunate enough to find myself there. All are not saved. That does not cheapen the reward. I just want to point out that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is very clear that we can hope for the salvation heaven of those infants who have not been Baptized.
It is very clear that limbo is NOT a teaching of the Church and that unbaptized children have the hope of heaven. Notice that it says there is a hope which in the Catholic meaning has a connotation of confidence but not a certainty. We emphasise that these are reasons for prayerful hope, rather than grounds for sure knowledge. God bless you. May your son now be praying for you and may God grant you comfort as you grieve his loss.
I had a miscarriage early in my pregnancy 18 years ago, and it still hurts. I have often wondered what form all these lost babies that were already loved will take. I hope that I am lucky enough to find out. All angels are good, and that is all they can do to us.
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However, good does not mean comfortable. Have you just been inspired to do something out of the ordinary, and it turned out to be extremely fruitful? Angels are always trying to inspire us with things that will lead us to heaven. Angels are real and there is one that is protecting, guarding, guiding, enlightening, and loving you at this very moment. Make it a habit to acknowledge and thank your guardian angel more.
It is very well thought-out and sound information despite that. Sacrament of Reconciliation Confessions heard 30 minutes before every weekday Mass and 45 minutes before Sunday Masses. Learn More. For the latest Mass schedule updates: Facebook. Confessions heard 30 minutes before every weekday Mass and 45 minutes before Sunday Masses.
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