November – Month of the Holy Souls… 

This thread is launched to allow us to share our favourite prayers, novenas and hymns for the benefit of the Holy Souls, and to gain indulgences for our deceased family and friends who may be among the Church Suffering in Purgatory.  Click here for details about indulgences for the Holy Souls.  Praying for the dead is a tradition firmly rooted in Sacred Scripture:  “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” (2 Machabees 12:46)

The month of the Holy Souls is also a good time to reflect on our own death – it’s the one event in life of which we can be certain… 

November is an opportune time when we might reflect on the need to overcome our own temptations and sins, and/or help the young people in our care to be aware of the danger of falling into the habit of serious sin. 

In particular, we live in an age of sensuality, when we are encouraged to “live for the moment” and “do our own thing”, throwing off old prohibitions and inhibitions. Hence, we have become a highly sexualised society with even very young children being sexualised by misguided parents and/or an education system that has lost all sense of right and wrong. 

Even some clergy minimise the gravity of sexual sin, dismissing it as almost inevitable in weak, fallen human nature.  Yet, St Paul teaches the opposite: “Fly fornication” he insists: “every other sin is committed outside the body but those who commit fornication sin against their own body… and your body, remember, is the temple of the Holy  Ghost…” (1 Corinthians 6:18-19). 

It is worth, therefore, reflecting on the above reminder of St Teresa of Avila, great  saint and Doctor of the Church, that some day, perhaps soon, we will find ourselves at our moment of judgment.

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel… Anthony’s Operation Underway – Pray! 

Editor writes… 

Thank you to all who have been praying for my 14 year old Great-Nephew, Anthony, as he as been preparing to undergo a spinal operation.  He is now on the operating table (since just after 9.am) and the operation is scheduled to take five hours.  Please remember him in your prayers on this very special Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for Anthony!   

Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick, pray for him!  

Bishop Joseph Devine RIP… 

From Facebook page of the Diocese of Motherwell…

It is with great sadness that the Diocese of Motherwell announces the death of Bishop Joseph Devine today in Wishaw General Hospital.

Bishop Devine served as Bishop of Motherwell from 1981 until his retirement in 2013.

Please pray for the repose of his soul and for his family, friends and the clergy of the Diocese at this time.

May the Lord take the soul of his worthy servant to Himself. Requiescat in pace.  Ends.

Comment: 

Please feel free to offer your condolences and promise of prayers for the soul of Bishop Joseph Devine, RIP. 

Indeed, we urge all our readers and bloggers to pray earnestly for the spiritual safety of Bishop Devine.

Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace. Amen. 

November: Pray For The Holy Souls

November: Pray For The Holy Souls

Short stories of Purgatory -A remarkable collection of visits from the souls in Purgatory to various Saints and Mystics…

“I know when you pray for me, and it is the same with all of the other souls here in Purgatory. Very few of us here get any prayers; the majority of us are totally abandoned, with no thought or prayers offered for us from those on earth” (Message from a soul in Purgatory)

Click on the picture to read some amazing stories of apparitions to various saints from souls in Purgatory.

And if you have any stories to add, please do so. Or you may wish to post a novena or some favourite prayer or hymn of your own for the Holy Souls.  OR you may have a question to ask.  All contributions will be welcomed. Whatever, we’d like to think that this thread will encourage us all to pray especially for the Holy Souls today and throughout November, the month traditionally devoted to remembering to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace, amen.