Life is a journey; the choices you make now will determine your eternal destination.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

For the Souls

It is a humbling thing to know that in the grand scheme of things, my physical life doesn't matter much. It is even more humbling to understand that there will be an eternity for me. As we approach All Saints Day and All Souls Day, I contemplate my deceased family and friends, knowing that someday I will be among them. Who will pray for my soul? The current popular culture believes that if you loved someone in life and thought they were a good person, they must be in heaven. How many souls languish in Purgatory because their friends don't offer prayers, alms, penances for their souls? How many souls are there that I should be praying for? The souls in Purgatory cannot help themselves but we can and are in duty bound to pray for them. I think of the missed opportunities I have of offering even a simple prayer for them: "My Jesus, mercy on the Holy Souls!"
 Today, I ask for the grace of keeping the souls of my loved ones ever present so that I can offer all that I do for them. I pray: Eternal Father, I offer Thee all my actions today, united with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the benefit of the suffering Souls in Purgatory, that they will more quickly be united with you in Heaven. Amen.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pray for souls

Some time ago, I got the message that I was to pray for souls. Very simple, just "You are to pray for souls." Ever since, my devotion to praying for the souls in Purgatory has increased, and I pray for the souls of my family and friends as well as praying for persecuted Christians.
I have a wonderful book which I recommend, it is a collection of 365 daily reflections, written by Susan Tassone, entitled Day By Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
I love the reflection for today, because it explains the simplicity of Purgatory so well:
The souls are in a fiery prison, and our good God, to open that prison, asks only a prayer from us. Can we refuse this prayer? (Blessed Mary of Providence). 
The prison of Purgatory is one of our own making. The fire is the longing to be in the presence of  the Lord. The key to release is prayer. Pray for those suffering souls whose own prayers can no longer help bring them to the Lord they so intensely love.