A reader asked in an email what I thought about Masses celebrated in honor of the late civil rights figure Martin Luther King, Jr.
I was not paying attention to this or acutely aware that this was being done.
I can’t see any problem with praying for the repose of the soul of a person who is dead, Catholic or non-Catholic. It is a work of mercy to pray for the dead.
I can’t see any problem with Masses for civil needs or concerns of society. We should always ask god to help us strive for a more just and charitable society.
But as far as I understanding things, I thought that Masses in honor of someone were to be in honor of saints or blesseds according to the Roman calendar or the particular local calendars of those of religious institutes.
Question for you:
Where you live, were there Masses celebrated in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr?