Day 3 – The Mercy of God (pg. 38 – 41)
Prayer of Blessed James Alberione (to be said daily) – pg. 27
Blessed Souls, YOU are suffering and asking suffrage from me; I am in great danger and need, and I await aid and protection from you. So for this (month or year) I will offer all my prayers and especially all my good works for you. And you in turn remember my needs; deliver me from the dangers I face, and in particular, obtain for me this grace (mention petition). And let the first of you to enter heaven not cease to plead for me before the Divine Mercy until I, too, arrive there. May the Sacred Heart bless this agreement. Amen.
The Mercy of God
“Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his lovingkindness begins afresh each day. My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him, to those who seek him. It is good both to hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:21 – 26
Mother Mary of St. Austin writes in The Divine Crucible of Purgatory: Likened unto Christ, the Holy Souls’ suffering is not merely an expiation; it is also an adoration. They offer their weakness in homage to Omnipotence, there tears to Beatitude, their poverty to Divine Plentitude, their darkness to Light, their silence to the Word, and their loneliness to the ineffable happiness of the Trinity.” Theirs is a love that not only experiences God’s justice but also His “mercy.” Their love experiences Love that pardons, heals, cherishes, elevates, and promises union.
Cardinal Allen offers this prayer: “Let us bless God’s name forever, that He has taken His mercy from us, that He has not dealt with us according to our sins. Our priests have offended, our princes have offended, and our people have offended; yet for His own Name’s sake He has looked upon us, and has kept us within the household of salvation. Glory and honor be to His holy name forevermore. Amen.”
God’s mercy is described as inconceivable, inexhaustible, an ocean without limit, and an abyss that is tender, infinite, and compassionate. Purgatory is a masterpiece of God’s mercy.
How have you shown Christ’s mercy today?
Graciously hear, O God, the fervent prayers we offer Thee for the suffering souls in purgatory, who, not having satisfied Thy justice, confide in Thine infinite mercy band our intercessions. Extend unto them Thy consolations, and redeem them, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
“My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world…..I let my Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of Mercy for you. Come, then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart.” – WORDS OF OUR LORD TO ST. FAUSTINA
This is the end of Day Three Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
My extra: While praying for the Holy Souls today, please ask the Holy Souls who died from burns, and the families who suffered emotionally during their loved one’s or friend’s struggle to pray for all burn victims and their families. Strength, courage, perseverance for the victims who are struggling to survive (if it be God’s will), for the victims living with the pain, and the emotional unknown of what is to come during their treatment and recuperation time. For the families who are by their loved one’s or friend’s sides, for them to have the strength, courage, endurance to emotionally and physically deal with watching them suffer.
I am asking if you could keep in your prayers a young lady of 21 yrs old, named, Kelly. On October 30th, while cooking, her Halloween costume caught fire. She has 2nd degree burns over 50% of her body from her waist up. She is considered critical, not life threatening due to the body amount burned. The miracle is they are 2nd degree burns. It doesn’t mean that she is out of the woods, however, it could be the difference between life and death. Every miracle from God is always accepted and appreciated. Let us also praise and thank God for this incident. Though we do not understand it, God will bring all good from it.
Don’t forget you have till, and including, November 8th, to visit the grave-sites of your loved ones, and pray for them there which will GIVE THEM the plenary indulgence FOR THEIR SOUL. You can pray at more than one grave per day, so multiple souls can receive the plenary indulgence. The Holy Souls can only get one plenary indulgence a day. Potentially, your family member, friend or stranger can receive a plenary indulgence today the 7th and 8th. Also remember, if the first visit is the one that allows that soul into heaven. God WILL NOT WASTE THE OTHER TWO DAYS OF VISITS! You will be helping someone else, that you don’t even know! What a beautiful work of charity!
“Offer up” for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, happy and sad. Some Holy Souls only need ONE “offering up”, be it a happy offer, sad/painful offer, or even a prayer, to be released into heaven.
Do not forget to ask for the intercession of the Holy Souls for whatever you need, especially praying for the Holy Souls that have lived through what you are experiencing at this time. Remember to also thank the Holy Souls, most of all REMEMBER TO THANK, PRAISE and GLORIFY OUR LORD for His MERCY allowing this grace to be open to us, and to the Holy Souls.
Pray for the Holy Souls who have NO ONE to pray for them. Either because the family name has died out, or the family “assumed” their family member is not in need of prayers because “they went straight to heaven”. Or, due to their religious beliefs that there is no purgatory. Don’t forget to pray for ALL deceased priests, popes, brothers, nuns, deacons, ALL religious (including religious lay people) who have no one praying for them.
It is not up to us to judge who made it straight to heaven, who went to purgatory, and who went to hell. It is OUR JOB to pray and “offer up”. Only God knows our souls, our lives, and our intentions.
Pray, pray and pray…..”offer up”, “offer up”, and “offer up”……….we never know how the littlest thing we do will help another or make a difference in their life, or even change their life. God is good to us, merciful and loves us……so much………he keeps on knocking…….make this the time to answer that door!
All praise and glory to You, Our Lord Jesus Christ!