May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

All Souls Day 1

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/110214.cfm

The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. For if before men, indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself. In the time of their visitation they shall shine, and shall dart about as sparks through stubble; they shall judge nations and rule over peoples, and the LORD shall be their King forever. Those who trust in him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with him in love: because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with his elect. 

We pray for all the holy souls who are being “chastised a little” before they ascend to heaven. Our prayers help them to be found worthy of God, as gold is fired to purify. Pray for those who have died, help them to be purified and ascend into heaven. 

Prayer: Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family, Amen. – Prayer of St. Gertrude 

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

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