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


Twenty-sixth Day

It costs us very little to help the faithful departed. We are obliged to pray, to assist at Mass, to receive the Sacraments, to give alms, and to fast on the days appointed. If we are in the state of grace and offer these works for the Poor Souls, they are acceptable to God and will hasten the end of their painful exile.

Finally, the inexpressibly joyful day of their deliverance comes. Perhaps for souls whose friends on earth forgot about them, and for whom, because of valid reasons, God showed no special consideration, that release comes only at the end of long and bitter centuries. But perhaps it comes far sooner than they have dared to hope. Their friends have remembered them. Prayers have poured in upon them. God has accepted these in part--or in full--payment of their debt.

But sooner or later, their liberation is at hand, the sentence is finished, and the grim gates of Purgatory swing open. Ahead are the white and shining portals of the Eternal City.

More swiftly than a beam of light, the blessed soul sweeps upward toward God. No power on earth can equal the vehement intensity of this final flight of a soul from exile to the happiness for which God destined it from all eternity.

Then, in the awesome Presence of God, there is the moment of triumph, the embrace of the Eternal Father, the entrance into the heavenly mansion... the enthronement of another Saint. At that moment, there shall begin for that Holy Soul, an eternity of bliss and incomparable happiness that shall be without flaw, never to be marred by uncertainty or disillusionment. Then, the soul shall possess God for all eternity.

We can have a truly enviable part in that wonderful moment, if only we would more fervently pray:

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

Most merciful Jesus, deign to hasten the release of the Poor Souls in Purgatory from the punishments due to their sins, especially the soul suffering there through my bad example. If it is in accord with Thy holy Will, take him today to Thy Heavenly Throne, that he may join the Saints in praise of Thee, and to intercede for me in my hour of need. Amen.

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