Monday, November 27, 2017

Helping the Holy Souls in Purgatory

This was a drawing done by one of my sons four years ago. Kostin was approximately 9 years old when he did the drawing... maybe younger. I have always liked it. In its simplicity one can see how our prayers can help our dear friends the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Catechism is clear that we should help them. "In full consciousness of this communion  of the whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the Church in its pilgrim members, from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, has honored with great respect the memory of the dead; and 'because it is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins' she offers her suffrages for them." Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective". (CCC958)

In November, in a special way we remember the Holy Souls. May I humbly share how over the past year I have come to a closer friendship with the Holy Souls. In the summer of 2016, a friend wrote to me from Europe. He had a sum of money he had kept for many many years with the hope to do something for God with it. He initially had a few ideas of how it might be used but somehow those did not come to fruition so the money lay there for the "right" moment. Well last summer, I received a note from this friend. He wanted to donate this money to the Children's Rosary for Masses to be said. Those who follow this blog may notice we have many Masses said for various intentions including for the members of the Children's Rosary. This friend who I will call "Generous" felt strongly the funds should go to the Children's Rosary for Masses but the exact intention was not given. Weeks went by with prayer and discernment as to what the intention would be. Then one day reading the life of St. John Vianney to my children there was a part about the Holy Souls. It was at that moment something took hold of my heart and I felt this was the intention for which the Masses should be said. Many little signal graces came (some may call these coincidences) that pointed to this intention in the time after this moment of clarify. I wrote to Generous explaining my hope to have the Masses said for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. He agreed and the funds were sent. There was delay in the wire coming but on the eve of the Feast of the Holy Rosary it arrived in time for the first Mass to be said on the Feast of the Holy Rosary. The funds allowed us to request 140 Masses to be said consecutively. That afternoon I happened to speak to a Children's Rosary group leader. In sharing the joy of the donation and our ability to give such a gift to the Holy Souls I shared with her my hope we might even do more for them. It would be so wonderful to have Masses said on each day for a whole year! She then asked if we had received her donation as this could help. Indeed as my daughter ran to the post office to check the box, there was the letter and donation also arriving on October 6th. Through the donations of several people we have been able to have 2 Masses said each day since October 7th 2016. These will continue until December 25th 2017. 

As our funds are tight at this time, we presently would not have funds to continue these Masses beyond those already requested through December 25th 2017. I share this with you as maybe there is someone reading this post who wants to help. Be sure that Our Lord is most generous to those who help these souls so dear to Him. If you would like to make a donation to the Children's Rosary for this effort of having Masses said for the Holy Souls, please let us know at the time of making the donation that this is what you would like to have the funds used for. 
Donations can be sent to: 

Children's Rosary 
PO Box 271743 
West Hartford, CT 06127 USA
or electronically HERE. There is a place to add a comment.
Checks can be made out to: Children's Rosary Inc.

Thank you in advance for your kindness and help.

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