Ghosts and Spirits

There is no official Church teaching about the existence of ghosts but belief in them is consistent with what the Catholic Church teaches about the immortality...

The Order of Catholic Funerals

The Catholic Church has a ritual for when someone dies called the Order of Christian Funerals. The focus of these funeral rites is on...

All Souls Day

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, also known as All Souls Day, is a holy day devoted to remembering deceased loved ones and...

Cremation

Althought the Catholic Church has strict laws about laying a body to rest and prefers the traditional practice of burying the body, cremation is...

Memento Mori

Spiritual reflection on mortality is a long-standing Catholic tradition. Memento mori is a Latin phrase that means “remember that you will die.” Catholics know...
Suicide

Suicide

The loss of any innocent life is a tragedy and the act of suicide is always objectively wrong. Every person is made by God...
Cemetery

Prayer for the Forgotten Dead

O merciful God, take pity on those souls who have no particular friends and intercessors to recommend them to You, who either through the...
Good Enough for Heaven

Good Enough for Heaven?

Every person has the desire to be with God who created us. People who go to Heaven will experience this fullness of God as...
Pray for the Dead

Pray for the Dead

Praying for the dead is an important part of the Catholic faith. We should never presume that our loved ones are already in Heaven...