"He that abideth in Me," says Christ, "and I in him, the same beareth much fruit, for without Me, you can do nothing." (John xv 5) If, then, we are incapable of gaining merit for ourselves, how can we expect to benefit others? St. Francis Xavier says: "Before being intent on delivering souls from Purgatory, take heed to redeem your own souls from hell;" and here we may add the word of the Lord spoken by His prophet: " Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from my eyes: cease to do perversely." (Isaias i 16)
Prayer: Grant us the grace, O Lord! to avoid sin at all times, and confirm us in Thy charity, that, by Thy bounty, our supplications for the suffering souls may be acceptable to Thee, and beneficial to them. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Special Intercession: Pray for the souls of those who were careful never to lose the grace of God.
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them; may they rest in peace. Amen. (Three times)
Practice:Make an act of perfect contrition,
Invocation: My Jesus, mercy!