I will include the following in my latest weekly column in The Wanderer (to which you can subscribe also in electronic format):
Every Mass can be offered for the living and the dead.
When a priest receives Mass intentions from the faithful for their loved one’s intention, he is reminded that what he does really has an effect in this world and beyond. Consecrating the Eucharist and completing the Sacrifice accomplishes something far beyond this place and this moment.
There has been over the last decades a corrosive deemphasis of how the effects of Holy Mass transcend distances and even the threshold of death, in favor of a horizontal focus on the assembly gathered in that moment.
I frequently meet people who long to have Masses said for their loved ones, living and dead. People today can have a hard time finding priests who can accept Mass intentions. Often parishes have only one priest and one daily Mass. They cannot find priests willing or available to do so.
Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood.