My first blessings of Advent! (Day 15 novena for the Holy Souls follows)



Approximately two hours ago I received a phone call from my oldest stating her and her boyfriend were in a three car chain reaction accident. Her car was the first car, the two kids were jolted in their seats, but state they are physically OK!  Praise God! (First Blessing).

My side of the family has a sense of humor, on the dry side, and we don’t take ourselves seriously. When we are all together, all we do is laugh. It’s a great family to be around. If you started out sad when arriving, by the time you leave you’re in smiles. We even laugh at funerals. We try to do it discreetly, however, sometimes it’s really hard especially if the deceased is the one who gave us the great memories (a blessing my entire life!).

This is information that is needed for the story, lol!

As I’m speaking to my daughter, first I make sure she is physically and emotionally OK, along with her boyfriend. Both of them are, once again, praise God! Then I proceed to explain to my daughter she may be in a bit of a bind………..why you ask?

First – I haven’t made it to the inspection station yet for this year. Though I did make it early last year, only to discover I was a year early.  To make up for being early last year, this year I’m late! (not purposely, just those life things, and the visitors the dogs invited into our home!)

Second – As I’m speaking on the phone with my daughter I ask her to look for the vehicle registration. It’s there, the one from 2006……the one for 2011 is in my wallet (I wanted to keep it safe).

Third – Then I ask them to check for the new insurance card. They found the one from 2010, that expired Nov 24, 2010. Why isn’t the new one in the car you ask?   Well, probably because it is sitting on the front room table…….

Thank goodness, she has her father’s PBA card, until I can contact her father!

Ooops, he’s not answering the phone……not good! I decide to call my mother-in-law because he’ll answer his mom’s call! Nope he doesn’t.

Since I lost my old phone, I am missing a lot of cell phone numbers. I ask my mother-in-law to start calling her other sons. Well, she does get in touch with one….except he’s home sick with a cold. Nonetheless, he tells her he will attempt to contact whoever my husband is with………..apparently, my brother-in-law was able to contact the oldest brother………..who answers his phone. He was able to tell his younger brother, who is the father of the child in the car accident, HIS DAUGHTER, my husband!

I call my daughter and explain the whole situation. She decides to text her father (as did I, besides calling), and evidently she used CAPS to explain her “dire” situation. She states “dad called and spoke with the police officer. Everything is taken care of….”

I think to myself……….”well for now, lol!”

In the meantime, I call my mother to call her cousin (my second cousin), who is also our insurance person to find out a few things. My cousin calls me, made me feel fantastic, I was in stitches the entire time we were on the phone. By God’s blessing he was able to put me in a place of peace and happiness, because even though my husband may be angry with me……….I still have the blessing of the wonderful sense of humor from my side of the family that will keep me chuckling throughout the day. Because in the whole scheme of things……………..all these things are “small potatoes”……..my daughter is healthy and alive, along with her boyfriend, these are the “big potatoes of life” and the important thing!

The end result………..all is well! I received my first Advent blessing, and all the glory goes to God! I am very thankful! God is great, and shows his sense of humor even during the darkest hours. Thank you, Lord!  Thank you for giving me the humor gene on the DNA conveyor belt of life, it is truly a precious gift to have received! Praise God!

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State of Grace – (pg. 86 – 89) – using Susan Tassone’s Book

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.

“Offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” — 1 Peter 2:5

Any good work for the holy souls must be carried out in a state of grace in order for the holy souls to benefit from it. When the soul is in a state of mortal sin, it cannot make satisfaction either for itself or for others. Prayer from a soul in grace moves God and is, as St. Augustine says, “a key to heaven”.

When there is an indulgence, it is good to have the intention of applying it to the holy souls in general, or to a particular soul, or to a category of souls—-for example, the most abandoned souls, souls closest to heaven, deceased consecrated to God (clergy and Religious).

The souls in purgatory are unspeakably holy. They died in the state of grace. They can no longer sin. They are free from sin and temptation. However, they are called “poor” because their poverty is the loss of the sight of God. They are poor because they cannot help themselves. Their time of merit is over. They are poor because their voices are silent and are unable to speak to us. The plead for our Masses, Rosaries and Stations of the Cross.

St. Pompilius Pirrotti had a great devotion to the poor souls. When he prayed the Rosary, the holy souls prayed along with him, shouting in response to each Hail Mary recited. The souls in purgatory were tranquil and full of joy while the Rosary was prayed.

St. Joseph Cafasso was called a “glutton” for indulgences, as a means for both avoiding purgatory himself and for helping the souls in purgatory speedily attain heaven. We, too, must be greedy for grace for the holy souls. Let us pray that we will live and die in the state of grace.

Have you become a “glutton” for spiritual sacrifices?

Graciously hear, O God, the fervent prayers we offer Thee for the suffering souls in purgatory, who, not having satisfied They 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.

“The heart of a helper, so close to purgatory, must always be on fire.” — Blessed Mary of Providence,  Foundress of the Holy Souls Helpers

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My extra:  I’m not sure that I can call myself a “glutton” for indulgences, because it is extremely easy for me to mess up my prayer time…………..as you can easily see!

Nonetheless, my heart is on fire for the Holy Souls in purgatory!

I offer as much as I can for the Holy Souls, my pain, my disappointment, my happiness, my thanksgiving for the little miracles in my life and the big miracles in my life!

I do my best to attend weekly confession. We have a great church in my area, St. Gregory the Great, that has confession prior to every mass!  What awesome priests this parish has been blessed with, and the majority of the parishioners are very aware of this blessing.  So are the non-parishioners!  It is a true blessing for our community, and I take full advantage of it!

We also have another church in our community, St. Raphael’s that has daily 7 p.m. mass, followed by confession Monday through Friday. Again, how blessed our community has been blessed with these fantastic God led priests.

Then we have St. Vincent DePaul’s Church the epitome of Jesus Christ himself. Fr. Stan is an absolute beautiful soul. He lives and breathes Jesus Christ and his teachings. He is loved by many, more then he probably realizes. He is as wonderful to non-parishioners as well as parishioners. Recently, there was a family emergency, and my child specifically requested to speak with Fr. Stan.  I called the church, immediately the secretary put me through to Fr. Stan. I explained the situation, and Fr. Stan had my child come to the rectory immediately……..immediately!  I explained my child was just getting out of bed, and he stated, “fine, get dressed, and come here as soon as possible”. My child was out the door at 9:30 and did not return until 12:30/1 p.m.         Fr. Stan spent 3 – 3 1/2 hrs with my child! I am positive he had other commitments that morning, however, he cleared his schedule for my child! That was Christ who spent those 3 – 3 1/2 hrs with my child that day, the Christ I so deeply desire to be with at death. If Jesus was able to spend 3 – 3 1/2 hrs with my child, I most certainly can spend my time and the rest of my life doing my best to be Christ to others, and working hard to stay in a state of grace for my prayers to be able to help the Holy Souls and to help others!