It is common practice for Catholics to pray for the souls in Purgatory but what about if you’re not sure whether a particular soul made it there at all? We have no way of knowing for certain the destination of any soul but especially the souls of our non-Catholic friends and relatives. Once someone has passed on, maybe years or decades or centuries ago, isn’t it too late to help save them from the possibility of going to hell? Absolutely not: God exists outside time and so our prayers can transcend the barriers of time also. We can’t pray for the souls in hell but we can pray for last-minute conversions and for graces to be granted retrospectively before souls reach hell. And now I have realised, thanks to this article (thank you so much Melissa), that we can even pray for our own little suffering selves in the past to ease the current consequences of our childhood traumas.
I’m going to be taking a break from blogging for about three months. I hope this will allow me to put more time into my art and preparations for Easter. I hope you all have a wonderful spring, and I look forward to catching up with you all in the summer.
I leave you with a Latin prayer that might give a little insight into why the Church offers exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. I have copied a translation from Wikipedia below. If you have a more poetic leaning you might prefer the version by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
I devoutly adore you, O hidden Deity,
Truly hidden beneath these appearances.
My whole heart submits to you,
And in contemplating you, It surrenders itself completely.
Sight, touch, taste are all deceived in their judgement of you,
But hearing suffices firmly to believe.
I believe all that the Son of God has spoken;
There is nothing truer than this word of truth.
On the cross only the divinity was hidden,
But here the humanity is also hidden.
Yet believing and confessing both,
I ask for what the repentant thief asked.
I do not see the wounds as Thomas did,
But I confess that you are my God.
Make me believe more and more in you,
Hope in you, and love you.
O memorial of our Lord’s death!
Living bread that gives life to man,
Grant my soul to live on you,
And always to savour your sweetness.
Lord Jesus, Good Pelican,
wash my filthiness and clean me with your blood,
One drop of which can free
the entire world of all its sins.
Jesus, whom now I see hidden,
I ask you to fulfil what I so desire:
That the sight of your face being unveiled
I may have the happiness of seeing your glory. Amen.
[Translation via Wikipedia.]
In the spirit of faith and with filial and devout affection we raise our prayer for Pope Francis:
“Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco: Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram aedificabo Ecclesiam Meam, et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus eam.”
As a concrete means we recommend to recite every day this ancient prayer of the Church or a part of the holy rosary in the intention that Pope Francis may revoke in an unequivocal manner those pastoral guidelines, which permit the divorced and so-called “remarried” to receive the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist without asking them to fulfil the obligation of a life in continence.
18 January 2017, the ancient feast of the Chair of Saint Peter in Rome
+ Tomash Peta, Metropolitan Archbishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana
+ Jan Pawel Lenga, Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Karaganda
+ Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana
For the full article click here.
English translation of the prayer (produced with the help of Google Translate):
“Let us pray for our Pope Francis: May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and let him not surrender to the will of his enemies. Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.“
They arrived today. We don’t have post in Ireland at the weekend. Well, this rural part of Ireland anyway, I don’t know about the rest. Anyway, I digress. Look at these lovelies:
Thank you Jane. ❤ The parcel smelled fabulous, even though my candles are unscented. Your kitchen must be a delight to work in.