From: Mary Zimmerman
I started this article November 2, which is referred to as “All Souls Day.” Actually the whole month of November is dedicated to remembering more earnestly the souls in purgatory with prayers and Masses. I continue to have Masses said for my departed loved ones, especially Duane.
Bible - 2 Maccabees, chapter 12, verse 46: “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” Words from the Pieta prayer book - “There are more souls released from purgatory during the Consecration of the Mass than at any time. Christmas is the day of the year most souls are delivered and receive much grace from prayers offered for them on their birthdays, day of baptism, anniversary of death.”
We believe our souls must be very pure and clean and don’t usually jump right into heaven when we die, since the human race has a fallen nature and we are very prone to sin. So I thank God for His mercy of providing a place (purgatory) where our lesser sins can be made clean. The big ones should be dealt with in this life in the world, apologizing to God and receiving His forgiveness and the grace to overcome our faults and sins. The better we get ourselves washed clean in the Blood of the Lamb the less time we’ll need to spend in the laundry room, purgatory.
The world is surrounded by a cloud of darkness. God wants me to remind you that He wants to show us the way, light up our path, reaching out His hand to lead us to the promised land - heaven - with God’s help we can do all things. Even St. Peter fell. He promised to stick by Jesus but when the going got rough he denied Him three times. Then realizing what he had done, he wept bitterly. We too must repent. Sometimes I think I’d like to go back and start my life over. But wait a minute, each new day gives us an opportunity to do better.
Jesus’ words to an alleged visionary, “Yes, each time a soul on earth steps out for God in any way, the kingdom grows. Do not put a limit on the importance of each little act and prayer. If you try to please me in even the smallest way, you will change the world. Each prayer, however small and imperfect, fuels this renewal. Will you answer my call? I am relying on my apostles on earth to spread my words and to allow my light and love to flow back into this world. If you see souls through my eyes, you will love them. Let love direct your actions and you will be part of my team.”
Won’t you answer that call to be an ambassador for Christ? He is asking each one of us to spread the gospel and the good news of salvation. Peace and joy be with you as we approach the holy season of Advent. Come Lord Jesus Come.