Do the deceased who don't have Masses said on their behalf miss out on graces?


Full Question

Is it really the teaching of the Church that Masses for the dead help the specific souls named by the priest in some way that others miss out on? That would be unfair to those, who through no fault of their own, don't have the intellect, money, or survivors to make such arrangements. Can you help me understand?

Answer

All the dead are prayed for at every Mass. For example, Eucharistic Prayer four reads: "Remember our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again. Bring them and all the departed in the light of your presence." God is just and merciful. No one goes wanting for his mercy!


Fr. Vincent Serpa O.P.