Expiation of Sins (Day 4) – using Susan Tassone’s book

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Day 4 – Expiation of Sins – pg. 42 – 45

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.

“Blessed forever are all who are washing their robes, to have the right to enter in through the gates of the city, and to eat the fruit from the Tree of Life.” – Revelation 22:14

Catechism of the Catholic Church – pg. 268 – 269

III. The Final Purification, or Purgatory

1030   All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

1031  The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:

             As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.

1032  This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture:

2 Maccabees 12:41-46 ……(41) Then they all blessed the just judgment of the Lord, who reveals things that are hidden. (42) They began to pray asking the Lord that the sin which had been committed might be forgotten. But the heroic Judas Maccabeus exhorted the people to keep themselves free from sin, since they saw with their own eyes what had happened to those who died because of their sins. (43) Taking up a collection, he sent twelve thousand drachmas of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead. In so doing he acted well and honorably concerning the resurrection. (44) For if Judas Maccabeus had not expected that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been superfluous and vain to pray for the dead. (45) But Judas Maccabeus was considering that those who had died in holiness had great grace stored up for them. (46) It is therefore, a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.

From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead:

                Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.

The Right Rev. G.P. Dwyer says this about the Holy Souls:

                 They no  longer desire anything but God. Yet they cannot reach Him until their debt is paid. The sufferings of the Holy Souls spring from this double source–longing for God, the realization of sin.

                 On earth we can turn to a hundred things to distract the mind, to muffle the cry of the heart. These escapes are denied the Holy Souls. Their focus is set on God and God alone! They see themselves as they really are. They see how unfit they are to go to God. They see clearly their sins were an offense against God. They realize at the last malice of sin.

Redemptorists Maurice Becque and Louis Becque, in Life After Death, also write:

                   These souls are waiting for God. They see Him better than they did on earth  and are aspiring to contemplate Him in the full light of the beatific vision. They are happy at being saved, unhappy at being held back and having to delay. Freed from the burden of matter, they are……All to God, all in God, all for God.

When you have confessed your sins, the guilt is removed. To remove the “stain” what charitable work will you take 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 and 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.

“By devotion to the Holy Souls, our progress in virtue and perfections greatly hastened.” – VENERABLE FRANCES OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

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This is the end of Day Four Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

My extra:  As I write this evening, or I should say early morning. I am waiting to hear from my girlfriend, Marykate. The information I have at this time is, her mother, JoAnne is in critical condition. JoAnne has been sick since Oct 11, 2011 with pneumonia in all lobes of her lung, and that is on top of her lungs being scarred by a medical condition that has a poor prognosis.

Then the hospital she was in decided she improved enough to discharge her to a rehab with the pneumonia ONLY in her lower lungs.  However, the lung scarring is permanent. At the time I did not know the entire story. She is in a different county, 2 hours away. Her daughter and I do not talk often, due to life, kids, jobs, etc. I’ve been getting bits and pieces until 1:30 a.m. last night, and throughout today in bits and pieces. Until I was finally able to be in her house from 4ish till 6ish p.m.  Then I received a more complete picture of the situation, which is a call to all for prayers for JoAnne.

While in rehab, JoAnne was not physically improving as expected, instead deteriorating. Unfortunately, the rehab nurses did not pick up her condition until it was becoming critical AGAIN. {As a former Med/Surg & Certified Emergency Room Nurse, it is devastating for me to hear stories like this, that I am writing.} Last night, at 1:30 a.m., they had to transfer her back to the hospital, where she was intubated (put a tube down her throat into the lungs, and connect her to a respirator aka ventilator aka breathing machine). Her breathing rate increased to 44 breathes per minute, with decreased circulation to her fingers, toes, and feet. None of these are good signs for someone’s health.

JoAnne has many medical issues and she should not have been discharged with any remaining pneumonia unless they prepared the family for a possible hospice placement. Otherwise, the family is placed in this type of path. The path of the unknown, yet it still being the known, because as Jesus did, they know the end result. The death of their loved one, as Jesus willingly carried his cross to his end, and his death.

As Jesus carried his cross to the end, JoAnne is now carrying her cross to the end. However, for her, once this cross is laid down for the last time, she will be receiving her ultimate healing after death.

As I’ve started contact with Marykate, her mom is unable to verbally respond. Nonetheless, she is responding through changes in her vital signs. They have improved from earlier, but not enough, at this moment to say “she’s going to pull through”.

Marykate has already been asked if her mother were to “code” (die), how would she like them to handle it? That is the medical way of stating “your mother’s prognosis is extremely poor and please don’t make us torture her anymore then what she is dealing with at this moment.”

My girlfriend will be asking the priest to administer absolution, anointing of the sick, Viaticum and a  plenary indulgence. To allow all of her sins to be expiated, so when it is time to face Jesus, she will be able to face Him with a beautiful white robe, allowing her immediate access into Heaven to sit with God, intervene for her daughter, granddaughter, grandson, and for her friends.

Wouldn’t it be a beautiful, awesome, breathtaking miracle if the priest walked in at any moment, and gave JoAnne the beautiful plenary indulgence, and the significance would not be lost on me, that she received it on the last day of the Plenary Indulgence…Nov 8th! Breathtaking!

Please pray for Marykate as she sits at the bedside of her mother by herself, confused, frightened, and with the reality sinking in that her mother is most likely dying. Please pray for the Blessed Mother to wrap her in her mantle, hold her, love her and protect her, and for Our Lord to be carrying her during this very difficult time, and to feel his love, strength, and encouragement.

Please pray for JoAnn to hold on, if it be God’s will, for her to receive His plenary indulgence. Please pray for her to be aware of being able to “offer up” her suffering for her daughter, and grandchildren. Ask God to allow her to be resting comfortably, without pain, or despair. For her to feel the presence of all the angels and saints throughout her room to comfort and guide her to Jesus when it is time. For St. Michael, Raphael and Gabriel to prevent any evil from entering her hospital room, to remove any evil that may be in the room, and for these archangels to be by her side as she dies, along with the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and all the angels and saints.

Don’t forget today, November 8th, is your last day 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, so multiple souls can receive the plenary indulgence. The Holy Souls can only get one plenary indulgence a day.  Also remember, if the first visit is the one that allowed that soul into heaven. God WILL NOT WASTE ANY OTHER VISIT TODAY! 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!

I must sign off, I’m falling asleep at the lap top.

Thank you and God Bless!

Michele