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Friday, November 12, 2010

Nov.12 Grand Display is of no Value to the Holy Souls

I dedicate this post to my mother, who passed on to eternal life on this day one year ago.

In regard to pompous displays for the departed, St. Augustine says: "Costly funerals and expensive displays may afford the living some consolation, but are of no benefit to the departed." He adds, however, "Let care be bestowed upon funerals and the erection of monuments; for Holy Writ reckons these among good works. Let all perform these last services for their departed, and thereby relieve their own sorrow, but let them show greater zeal, care, and generosity in succoring the souls of the departed by Masses, prayers, and alms, and thus give evidence of not only a temporal, but also a spiritual love for those who are departed in body only, but not in spirit. According to a rule of the Church, flowers should be used at funerals of children only; circumstances may at times justify a deviation from this rule, but, at all events, it is unpardonable if the expense connected with this display deprives the soul departed of any spiritual assistance.
Prayer:We beseech Thee, O Lord, by Thy infinite mercy, do not despise our prayers in behalf of the souls in Purgatory, but grant them the peace and consolation we desire for them. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Special Intercession: Pray for the souls of those who were remembered by a pompous funeral only, and have no relief in their pain.
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them; may they rest in peace. Amen. (Three times)
Practice: Accompany the funeral of a poor person, at the first opportunity.
Invocation: My Jesus, mercy!


Michele said...

iam only to glad to pray for mom, and for the holy souls in purgatory. regarding funerals, mom and joe's funeral was very humble indeed. i know both of them wanted that. mom never wanted anything spectacular, and neither did joe. i think humble funerals make us appreciate God even more.

Michele said...

another thing too, i think there are too many catholics that don't pray for the holy souls in purgatory! i do! if those who do not pray for the holy souls yet are good and Jesus sends them to purgatory, i think they would sincenrely like it someone took the time to pray for them. any fellow catholics reading this post, if you don't pray for the holy souls consider doing so. sooner or later they will get to heaven. ask them to pray for you. you who are alive on earth need many prayers. and the prayers of the souls in purgatory can help you. please pray for them, and ask them to intercede on your behalf to God the Father.

Shirley said...

Spreading the devotion to the holy souls, and explaining the reasons for this devotion, is the purpose of this series of posts.