From a reader…
Both of my parents were fortunate to receive the last rites and the apostolic blessing. I was filled with peace at their deaths because I had hope they may have been saved. That peace has been challenged by dreams my sister and I had on the same night recently about our parents.
I have had evil dreams in the past filled with temptations and sinful situations.
In the second dream … […] I woke up at this point. The same night my sister dreamt about our parents. […]
Is the devil permitted to send us evil dreams so that we give up praying for our parents?
Do not stop praying for your parents. While it is good, nay rather, excellent that you arranged the Last Rites, whereby we have great confidence about those who go to God, nevertheless remember them in your prayers and have Masses said, as the increasing shortage of priests permits.
Demons can manipulate our dreams. Usually the demonically inspired ones are very graphic, disturbing, have a story arc and leave us unsettled. That’s the point of them. It’s part of the demonic bag of party tricks meant to distract and get us off track, lead us to fear or to temptation.
Often these irritations through dreams come in reprisal for the good we do – such as arranging parents’ last sacraments.
Since they can come from the Devil we ought not worry about them. They are empty. They are unpleasant, to be true, but really only like someone suddenly pointing and shouting, “LOOK! A SQUIRREL!” while she tries to pick your pocket. For example, one could have a dream that a Jesuit had been elected as the next Pope. Surely that’s not prompted by someone nice. It would be a bad distracting.
Also, the 1st Commandment prohibits us from interpreting dreams.