Try not to indulge in too much candy like me.
Tomorrow’s November 1st aka All Saints Day when we honor the saints in heaven–including those who we don’t know about– followed on Friday by All Soul’s Day, when we pray for the holy souls in Purgatory.
The whole month of November is dedicated to the holy souls in purgatory, especially our family and friends.
17 years ago next month, my mother died suddenly. My husband immediately added the Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory after our blessing at our meals.
May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
I found great comfort praying this as a family with our daily meals. It became part of our standard pre-meal ritual.
I discovered at last year’s Thanksgiving family celebration that our niece’s fiance’s family also says this prayer before meals. I think he was just as surpised to hear that we include the prayer as well.
In our home, we are still saying the prayer before our meals … 17 years later and counting. Unfortunately we have more family and friends whose souls we pray for now.
This week’s Genuflect focuses on the holy souls in purgatory. How All Soul’s Day differs from Halloween and All Saints Day. Understanding what purgatory is and how it originated. Why it’s important to pray for the souls in purgatory … and ways to pray for them. So we can do our part to help all the holy souls in purgatory enter heaven.
Everyone knows how to celebrate Halloween -with costumes, candy and horror movies, right? Well, that isn’t wrong but it isn’t the entire story either. What about All Saints’ Day or All Souls’ Day? Here’s the difference.
When it comes to Catholic beliefs about the afterlife, the Church’s teachings on purgatory have long been among its most contested and misunderstood. Yet, despite all the confusion, the teachings themselves aren’t that complicated. At their most basic, they can be boiled down to nine essential truths — truths that not only illuminate the Church’s doctrine, but also reveal the eternal significance of those teachings for us and those we’ve lost.
We will soon be commemorating All Soul’s Day, the companion celebration to the upcoming Feast of All Saints. Celebrating the legacy of all saints, known and unknown, who have gone before us makes sense, but how did it come to be companioned with All Soul’s Day and how is All Soul’s different? Here’s a brief history.
During this entire month we pray for the souls of the faithful departed, especially those whom we have known and loved. Here are ten ways we can pray for our deceased friends and relatives, and for all our brothers and sisters who have died in Christ.
Our ancestors prayed to saints and for the holy souls in purgatory who then in gratitude returned prayers for them. So they never faced evil alone or prayed for anything or anybody alone — they had their comrades in the heavenly realm, their Holy Alliance of saints and holy souls, with them at all times. The devil never stood a chance against this united force! Here’s a great way to build our own enormous Holy Alliance to pray for the poor souls in purgatory as well as the needs of our living loved ones.
What about those souls we don’t think were in a state of grace when they died? Should we continue to pray for our loved ones who were fallen-away Catholics? Our atheist friends? Or what about those (uncanonized) people who lived such holy lives that we figure they must already be in heaven? Fr. Daniel Schuster answers these very questions.
According to tradition, many souls would fly to heaven when this prayer is prayed with heartfelt devotion.
Located on the bank of the River Tiber, not far from the Vatican, is a church that contains a tiny museum with a unique purpose: to convince people that Purgatory exists and that their departed loved ones need their prayers. Its collection is made up not of sacred art, but of actual physical evidence purporting to prove the existence of Purgatory. Read about the artifacts and view a slideshow.
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, has had an interesting Twitter project for the last year and a half: she has kept a small (ceramic) skull on her desk, and has been tweeting daily meditations on death with the hashtag #MementoMori. Since starting her tweets, Noble told CNA that “hundreds” of people have sent her pictures of their own memento mori skulls, and that many people have seen the spiritual fruits that come along with meditating on their own death.
What seems frightening has already been conquered. We should “fear” something else …
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