I read last week that one of the Cardinals is asking the faithful to pray for the pope, because is frail and not long for this world. This might be kind of a rant and destined for the pit, but what the heck is going on here. The pope needs prayers? Isn’t he supposed to be the God’s main man here on earth? So what are you praying for? That God will let him in? That he doesn’t suffer too much? Does the Cardinal actually think that God hasn’t made up his mind about what to do with this guy? What if only a couple of people do the praying - God says “Sorry, you didn’t poll too good, I’m gonna burn you for a few centuries, then let you in”?
After my father died, one of his old running buddies told me that he prays for my dad every day. Of course I didn’t say what was on my mind, not wanting to freak the old guy out, but what the hell was he praying for? If dad made it to heaven, he shouldn’t need prayers, should he? And if there is a hell and he’s in it, what good would prayers do? God emails Satan, saying “Hey, turn down the temperature from 8 billion degrees, to about 7.9 billion” ?