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Quote/s of the Day – 9 February – The Memorial of Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)

Quote/s of the Day – 9 February – The Memorial of Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)

“The prayer most pleasing to God is that
made for others and particularly for the poor souls.
Pray for them, if you want your prayers to bring high interest.”

Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)the prayer most pleasing - bl anne c emmerich - 9 feb 2018

“As much as by her patience to endure her physical weaknesses, we are impressed by the strength of character of the new blessed and her firmness in the faith.   She received this strength from the Holy Eucharist.   In this way, her example opened the hearts of poor and rich men, educated and humble people, to complete loving passion toward Jesus Christ.   Still today she communicates to all the salvific message: ‘By his wounds you have been healed’ (see 1 Peter 2:24).”

St Pope John Paul II, homily at the beatification of Blessed Anne, 3 October 2004as much as by her - st john paul - 9 feb 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 5 November

One Minute Reflection – 5 November

With so many witnesses in a great cloud on every side of us, we too, then, should throw off everything that hinders us, especially the sin that clings so easily, and keep running steadily in the race we have started….Hebrews 12:1

REFLECTION – “In Catholic tradition, devotion to the saints is not merely a mark of respect or a brief prayer on certain occasions….but a deeply felt spiritual communion, an attentive study of the precious examples and lessons, which the saints give us to cheer and encourage us.”…St Pope John XXIIIin catholic tradition - st pope john 23 - 6 nov 2017

PRAYER – Oh bless us O Holy Father, in Your saints, in the suffering army in Purgatory and in Your angels!   May those who stand in adoration with You in Heaven and those who cry out for mercy, be our intercessors as we struggle to throw off everything that hinders us on our way to You and them!   Eternal Father, may we reach our heavenly goal by their constant prayer.   As we pray for the Holy Souls and they for us, may the Saints and angels be our champions, amen.

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Thought for the Day – 2 November – The Solemnity of All Souls On Purgatory, by Saint John Vianney

Thought for the Day – 2 November – The Solemnity of All Souls
On Purgatory, by Saint John Vianney

“I come on behalf of God.   Why am I up in the pulpit today, my dear brethren?   What am I going to say to you?   Ah! I come on behalf of God Himself.   I come on behalf of your poor parents, to awaken in you that love and gratitude which you owe them.   I come to bring before your minds again all those kindnesses and all the love which they gave you while they were on earth.   I come to tell you that they suffer in Purgatory, that they weep and that they demand with urgent cries the help of your prayers and your good works.  I seem to hear them crying from the depths of those fires which devour them:   “Tell our loved ones, tell our children, tell all our relatives how great the evils are which they are making us suffer. We throw ourselves at their feet to implore the help of their prayers. Ah!   Tell them that since we have been separated from them, we have been here burning in the flames!”

Oh! Who would be so indifferent to such sufferings as we are enduring?   Do you see, my dear brethren, do you hear that tender mother, that devoted father and all those relatives who helped and tended you?  “My friends,” they cry, “free us from these pains; you can do it.”   Consider then, my dear brethren:

(a) the magnitude of these sufferings which the souls in Purgatory endure; and

(b) the means which we have of mitigating them:   our prayers, our good works, and, above all, the holy sacrifice of the Mass.

I do not wish to stop at this stage to prove to you the existence of Purgatory.   That would be a waste of time.   No one among you has the slightest doubt on that score.   The Church, to which Jesus Christ promised the guidance of the Holy Ghost and which, consequently, can neither be mistaken herself nor mislead us, teaches us about Purgatory in a very clear and positive manner.   It is certain, very certain, that there is a place where the souls of the just complete the expiation of their sins before being admitted to the glory of Paradise, which is assured them.   Yes, my dear brethren and it is an article of faith: if we have not done penance proportionate to the greatness and enormity of our sins, even though forgiven in the holy tribunal of Penance, we shall be compelled to expiate them…. In Holy Scripture there are many texts which show clearly that although our sins may be forgiven, God still imposes on us the obligation to suffer in this world by temporal hardships or in the next by the flames of Purgatory.

Look at what happened to Adam. Because he was repentant after committing his sin, God assured him that He had pardoned him and yet He condemned him to do penance for nine hundred years, penance which surpasses anything that we can imagine.

See again:   David ordered, contrary to the wish of God, the census of his subjects but, stricken with remorse of conscience, he saw his sin and, throwing himself upon the ground, begged the Lord to pardon him.   God, touched by his repentance, forgave him indeed.   But despite that, He sent Gad to tell David that he would have to choose between three scourges which He had prepared for him as punishment for his iniquity:  the plague, war or famine.   David said: “It is better that I should fall into the hands of the Lord (for his mercies are many) than into the hands of men.”   He chose the pestilence, which lasted three days and killed seventy thousand of his subjects.   If the Lord had not stayed the hand of the Angel, which was stretched out over the city, all Jerusalem would have been depopulated!   David, seeing so many evils caused by his sin, begged the grace of God to punish him alone and to spare his people, who were innocent.   See, too, the penance of Saint Mary Magdalen; perhaps that will soften your hearts a little.   Alas, my dear brethren, what, then, will be the number of years which we shall have to suffer in Purgatory, we who have so many sins, we who, under the pretext that we have confessed them, do no penance and shed no tears?

You, our brethren, deliver us from these torments!   You can do it!   Ah, if you only experienced the sorrow of being separated from God! … Cruel separation!   To burn in the fire kindled by the justice of God! …  To suffer sorrows incomprehensible to mortal man! . . .  To be devoured by regret, knowing that we could so easily have avoided such sorrows! …   Oh! My children, cry the fathers and the mothers, can you thus so readily abandon us, we who loved you so much?  Can you then sleep in comfort and leave us stretched upon a bed of fire.   Will you have the courage to give yourselves up to pleasure and joy while we are here suffering and weeping night and day?   You have our wealth, our homes, you are enjoying the fruit of our labours and you abandon us here in this place of torments, where we are suffering such frightful evils for so many years! … And not a single almsgiving, not a single Mass which would help to deliver us! …   You can relieve our sufferings, you can open our prison, and you abandon us.   Oh! How cruel these sufferings are! … Yes, my dear brethren, people judge very differently, when in the flames of Purgatory, of all those light faults, if indeed it is possible to call anything light which makes us endure such rigorous sorrows.   What woe would there be to man, the Royal Prophet cries, even the most just of men, if God were to judge him without mercy. If God has found spots in the sun and malice in the angels, what, then, is this sinful man? And for us, who have committed so many mortal sins and who have done practically nothing to satisfy the justice of God, how many years of Purgatory! “…St John Vianney

The Holy Souls cannot help themselves.   For them, the night has come when no one can work (John 9:4).   It is our great privilege, as brothers and sisters in Christ, to be able to shorten their time of separation from God by our prayers, good works and especially, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.   Therefore, the Church has always taught us to pray for the Holy Souls in purgatory.   Souls in Purgatory cannot offer physical sufferings in expiation for sin as we do and rely on us to aid them in their purification by our prayers. This is why we celebrate Mass for the holy souls today. They need our prayers for their purification. When our loved ones die let us not abandon them but help them by our prayers and sacrifices.   A mystical source has said that when we pray for our loved ones by name they can see us on earth.  Below are a few prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory to be prayed especially during the month of November, but always:

PRAY FOR THE HOLY SOULS, OFFER MASS, GOOD WORKS AND ALMSGIVING, NEVER FORGET THEM as we ourselves will be those souls one day!

A PRAYER FOR A DECEASED MOTHER
O God, who has commanded us to honour our father and our mother;
in Your mercy have pity on the soul of my mother
and forgive her her trespasses.
Grant me to see her again in the joy of everlasting brightness.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen

A PRAYER FOR A DECEASED FATHER
O God, who has commanded us to honour our father and our mother;
in Your mercy have pity on the soul of my father
and forgive him his trespasses.
Grant me to see him again in the joy of everlasting brightness.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen

FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY
O Lord, who are ever merciful and bounteous with Your gifts,
look down upon the suffering souls in purgatory.
Remember not their offenses and negligences
but be mindful of Your loving mercy,
which is from all eternity.
Cleanse them of their sins and fulfill their ardent desires
that they may be made worthy to behold You face to face in Your glory.
May they soon be united with You and hear those blessed words
which will call them to their heavenly home:
“Come, blessed of My Father,
take possession of the kingdom prepared for you ]
from the foundation of the world.”
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be and Eternal rest.pray for the holy soulsprayer for the souls in purgatory

 

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Quote/s of the Day 2 November – The Solemnity of All Souls

Quote/s of the Day 2 November – The Solemnity of All Souls

St James the Apostle gives a method of avoiding or lessening our stay in Purgatory.
He says:  “He who saves a soul saves his own and satisfies for a multitude of sins.”  (James 1:20)james 1 20 - he who saves a soul saves his own - 2 nov 2017 

“Let us help and commemorate them.   If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice (Job 1:5), why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation?   Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them”.

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Doctor of the Church – (Homilies on 1 Corinthians 41:5 [A.D. 392]let us help and commemorate them - st john chrysostum - 2 nov 2017

“But by the prayers of the Holy Church and by the salvific sacrifice and by the alms which are given for their spirits, there is no doubt that the dead are aided, that the Lord might deal more mercifully with them than their sins would deserve.            The whole Church observes this practice which was handed down by the Fathers: that it prays for those who have died in the communion of the Body and Blood of Christ, when they are commemorated in their own place in the sacrifice itself;   and the sacrifice is offered also in memory of them, on their behalf.    If, then, works of mercy are celebrated for the sake of those who are being remembered, who would hesitate to recommend them, on whose behalf prayers to God are not offered in vain?   It is not at all to be doubted that such prayers are of profit to the dead;   but for such of them as lived before their death in a way that makes it possible for these things to be useful to them after death”.

St Augustine (354-430) Doctor of the Church (The City of God 21:13 [A.D. 419]the whole church - st augustine - 2 nov 2017

“I would go so far as to say that if there was not purgatory, then we would have to invent it, for who would dare say of himself that he was able to stand directly before God.    And yet we don’t want to be, to use an image from scripture, ‘a pot that turned out wrong’, that has to be thrown away;   we want to be able to be put right.   Purgatory basically means that God can put the pieces back together again. That He can cleanse us in such a way that we are able to be with Him and can stand there in the fullness of life.   Purgatory strips off from one person what is unbearable and from another the inability to bear certain things, so that in each of them a pure heart is revealed and we can see that we all belong together in one enormous symphony of being.”

Pope Benedict XVIi would go so far as to say - pope benedict XVI - 2 nov 2017

“If today we are remembering
these brothers and sisters of
ours who lived before us and are
now in heaven, they are there
because they were washed in the
Blood of Christ, that is our hope
and this hope does not disappoint.
If we live our lives with the Lord,
he will never disappoint us.”

Pope Francisif today we are remembering - pope francis

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One Minute Reflection – 2 November – The Commemoration of All Souls Day

One Minute Reflection – 2 November – The Commemoration of All Souls Day

We believe that Jesus died and rose again; so we believe that God will bring with Jesus, those who have died believing in him.…1 Thessalonians 4:14thess 4 14

REFLECTION – “What great power the holy souls in purgatory have over the heart of God!
If we realised this fact and averted to all the graces that we can gain through their
intercession, these souls would not be so forgotten.”….St John Vianney (1786-1859)what great power - st john vianney - 2 nov 2017.2

PRAYER – O God our Creator and Redeemer, grant to the souls in purgatory the remission of their sins.
And may their prayers also be of benefit to me and all your faithful here on earth. Holy Souls we pray for you please pray for us too! Amenholy souls pray for us - 2 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 2 November – The Commemoration of All Souls Day

Our Morning Offering – 2 November – The Commemoration of All Souls Day

Psalm 130 (129) The De Profundis

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication.
If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?
But with You is forgiveness, that You may be revered.
I trust in the Lord;
my soul trusts in His word.
My soul waits for the Lord,
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the Lord,
For with the Lord is kindness
and with Him is plenteous redemption;
And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.de profundis - 2 nov 2017

The De Profundis is the common name for the 130th Psalm (in the modern numbering system; in the traditional numbering system, it is the 129th Psalm).   The Psalm takes its name from the first two words of the psalm in its Latin phrasing (see below).   This Psalm has a varied history of usage in many traditions.

In Catholicism, the rule of St. Benedict, established around 530 CE, assigned the De Profundis to be recited at the beginning of the vespers service on Tuesday, followed by Psalm 131.

It is a penitential psalm that is also sung in commemoration of the dead and it is also a good psalm to express our sorrow as we prepare for the Sacrament of Confession.

For Catholics, every time a believer recites the De Profundis, they are said to receive a partial indulgence (the remission of a portion of punishment for sin).

The De Profundis also has a variety of uses in Judaism. It is recited as part of the liturgy for the high holidays, for example and is traditionally recited as a prayer for the sick.

The De Profundis has also appeared in world literature, in the works of the Spanish author Federico García Lorca and in a long letter by Oscar Wilde to his lover.

The Psalm has frequently been set to music, with many of the melodies written by some the world’s most renowned composers, including Bach, Handel, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, as well as modern composers such as Vangelis and Leonard Bernstein.

THE 130TH PSALM IN LATIN
De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine;
Domine, exaudi vocem meam. Fiant aures tuæ intendentes
in vocem deprecationis meæ.
Si iniquitates observaveris, Domine, Domine, quis sustinebit?
Quia apud te propitiatio est; et propter legem tuam sustinui te, Domine.
Sustinuit anima mea in verbo ejus:
Speravit anima mea in Domino.
A custodia matutina usque ad noctem, speret Israël in Domino.
Quia apud Dominum misericordia, et copiosa apud eum redemptio.
Et ipse redimet Israël ex omnibus iniquitatibus ejus.

 

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The Commemoration of All the Holy Souls in Purgatory – 2 November

The Commemoration of All the Holy Souls in Purgatory – 2 NovemberPurgatoryweb

All Souls Day is a solemn celebration in the Roman Catholic Church commemorating all of those who have died and are now in Purgatory, being cleansed of their venial sins and the temporal punishments for the mortal sins that they had confessed and being made pure before entering into the presence of God in Heaven.1074-Souls-in-PurgatoryOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

THE HISTORY OF ALL SOULS DAY
The importance of All Souls Day was made clear by Pope Benedict XV (1914-1922), when he granted all priests the privilege of celebrating three Masses on All Souls Day:  one for the faithful departed;  one for the priest’s intentions; and one for the intentions of the Holy Father.   On only a handful of other very important feast days are priests allowed to celebrate more than two Masses.

While All Souls Day is now paired with All Saints Day (1 November), which celebrates all of the faithful who are in Heaven, it originally was celebrated in the Easter season, around Pentecost Sunday (and still is in the Eastern Catholic Churches).

By the tenth century, the celebration had been moved to October;  and sometime between 998 and 1030, St Odilo of Cluny decreed that it should be celebrated on 2 November in all of the monasteries of his Benedictine congregation.   Over the next two centuries, other Benedictines and the Carthusians began to celebrate it in their monasteries as well and soon the commemoration of all the Holy Souls in Purgatory spread to the entire Church.

OFFERING OUR EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF THE HOLY SOULS
On All Souls Day, we not only remember the dead but we apply our efforts, through prayer, almsgiving and the Mass, to their release from Purgatory.   There are two plenary indulgences attached to All Souls Day, one for visiting a church and another for visiting a cemetery. (The plenary indulgence for visiting a cemetery can also be obtained every day from November 1-8, and, as a partial indulgence, on any day of the year.)   While the actions are performed by the living, the merits of the indulgences are applicable only to the souls in Purgatory.   Since a plenary indulgence removes all of the temporal punishment for sin, which is the reason why souls are in Purgatory in the first place, applying a plenary indulgence to one of the Holy Souls in Purgatory means that the Holy Soul is released from Purgatory and enters Heaven.

Praying for the dead is a Christian obligation.   In the modern world, when many have come to doubt the Church’s teaching on Purgatory, the need for such prayers has only increased.   The Church devotes the month of November to prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and participation in the Mass of All Souls Day is a good way to begin the month.

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Devotion for the Month of November – The Holy Souls/The Faithful Departed

Devotion for the Month of November – The Holy Souls/The Faithful Departednovember - the month of the holy souls

As Christmas approaches, it is natural that our thoughts turn to those whom we have loved who are no longer with us.

How appropriate, then, that the Catholic Church offers us November, which begins with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, as the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory—those who have died in grace, yet who failed in this life to make satisfaction for all of their sins.

In recent years, perhaps no Catholic doctrine has been more misunderstood by Catholics themselves than the doctrine of Purgatory.   Consequently, we tend to downplay it, even seem a little embarrassed by it and it is the Holy Souls who suffer because of our discomfort with the doctrine.

Purgatory is not, as many people think, one last trial.   All of those who make it to Purgatory will one day be in Heaven.   Purgatory is where those who have died in grace but who have not fully atoned for the temporal punishments resulting from their sins, go to finish their atonement before entering Heaven.   A soul in Purgatory may suffer but he has the assurance that he will ultimately enter Heaven when his punishment is complete.   Catholics believe Purgatory is an expression of God’s love, His desire to cleanse our souls of all that might keep us from experiencing the fullness of joy in Heaven.

As Christians, we don’t travel through this world alone.   Our salvation is wrapped up with the salvation of others and charity requires us to come to their aid.   The same is true of the Holy Souls.   In their time in Purgatory, they can pray for usand we should pray for the faithful departed that they may be freed from the punishment for their sins and enter into Heaven.

We should pray for the dead throughout the year, especially on the anniversary of their death but in this Month of the Holy Souls, we should devote some time every day to prayer for the dead.   We should start with those closest to us—our mother and father, for instance—but we should also offer prayers for all the souls,and especially for those most forsaken.

We believe that those Holy Souls for whom we pray will continue to pray for us after they have been released from Purgatory.   If we live Christian lives, we too will likely find ourselves in Purgatory someday and our acts of charity toward the Holy Souls there now will ensure that they remember us before the throne of God when we are most in need of prayers.   It’s a comforting thought and one that should encourage us, especially in this month of November, to offer our prayers for the Holy Souls.

Let us Pray:

Incline Your ear, O Lord, unto our prayers,
wherein we humbly pray to You.
to show Your mercy upon the souls of Your servants,
whom You have commanded to pass out of this world,
that You would place them in the region of peace and light
and bid them be partakers with Your Saints.
Through Christ our Lord.   Amen incline your ear o lord - nov month of the holy souls