Daily Thoughts and Prayers for Our Beloved Dead for November -- Month of the Poor Souls


Fifteenth Day

They are not strangers who implore our help--they are our own; our parents, brothers, and friends. They are the devoted hearts who loved us so tenderly, and for us so earnestly toiled and suffered. Now that they are gone from our midst, does not our heart reproach us for not having sufficiently shown our affection in the past?

Yet, the Poor Souls in Purgatory are the friends of God. These are the souls who will be, in a short time, glorious and powerful Saints in Heaven. They have saved their immortal souls; their crowns await them. Their thrones are prepared, and their mansions are ready. The good God loves them tenderly, as He loves all those faithful sons and daughters who fought the good fight, who have finished the course, who have kept the Faith.

The prayers offered for others by these cherished souls go directly to His Eternal Throne. They can no longer pray for themselves; their time to merit is over. But they can and do pray for their friends and loved ones on earth.

There is a loving mother in Purgatory, who is interceding for her children, some of whom, perhaps, have forgotten her.... There is a devoted father who is now even more devoted to his family, and pleads for their spiritual and temporal welfare.… There are relatives in Purgatory, now bound to us with ties much closer than blood.... There are friends who have not forgotten the value of friendship, and seek to obtain the mercy of God for those they love. Death cannot destroy the affection our loved ones bore for us in life; that affection is now sweeter, purer, and more constant. United with God in Heaven, or offering atonement to Him in Purgatory, they love us with a deeper, everlasting love.

But most of all, the Poor Souls pray for their benefactors, those few who do not desert them in their exile. The slightest remembrance which we offer for them, wins for us a great measure of intercession from their ardent charity. Our prayers are perhaps thoughtlessly said, but our friends in Purgatory pray with the burning intensity of souls who are advancing ever closer to the possession of God. For every time we ask their deliverance and relief, they beseech God for a thousand blessings for us. In sheer spiritual wisdom, and to our own eternal advantage, let us humbly pray:

Our Father, Three Hail Marys, Gloria, De Profundis.

O Lord Jesus Christ, mercifully hearken to the voice of the Poor Souls in Purgatory. Vouchsafe in Thy goodness to grant unto them remission of their sins because of the burning love which they bear to Thee, and deign to bring them with Thee to Heaven, that they may praise Thee forever and ever. Amen.

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