Basilica of Notre – Dame, Montligeon, France,
Shrine of Our Lady of Montligeon
Pope Benedict’s encyclical (Spe Salvi 44-48) complements the famous Treatise on Purgatory by St. Catherine of Genoa (1447 – 1510) in which our saint describes the peace and joy of the souls in purgatory and that the greatest pain suffered by the holy souls is not a physical pain but the pain of separation from God and that the loving flames are seen in the light of the divine fire of love remembering that God is all mercy with His arms always open and extended to receive us into His glory.
Jesus, in union with all the Masses said throughout the world today for
all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the
Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
You do not allow any shadow of darkness or evil in Your sight,
and so in Your mercy You grant to those who have left this world burdened with sin, a time of purification, applying to them the spiritual treasurers of Your Holy Church.
Hear my prayer
and through the merits of Christ,
the Blessed Virgin, the saints,
and all Your faithful people
bring to an end this time of waiting
for our beloved dead, especially (……)
In your providence
you have chosen Saint Nicholas
as a special intercessor
on behalf of the departed.
have mercy on all our deceased loved ones,
especially those who are most in need
of the Lord’s mercy.
that the purifying love of God may lead them to full deliverance.
May our prayer, united with the prayer of the whole Church,
obtain for them a joy beyond all their desires
and bring consolation and relief here on earth
to our loved ones, in their sorrow and distress.
to live better lives each day,
on our journey towards the Resurrection.
Help us become witnesses of the Unseen God,
seeking already the things that the eye cannot see.
Make us apostles of hope, like watchmen awaiting the dawn.
gather us all together, one day, in our Father’s House,
for the eternal Resurrection, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen
|St Gemma Galgani, Mystic, Stigmatic, Victim Soul (1878-1903)|