“Now what will God say to those who are not good enough to enter heaven at once nor bad enough to go to Hell?” After a pause, a little girl put up her hand and said, “God will say, ‘I will be seeing you soon!’” (Fr. Elias Dias, SDB, Divine Stories for Families)
The bonds of life and death do not separate us from the family, the great communion of grace. On this All Souls Day, let us pray for all of those who have gone before us:
“God of infinite mercy,
we entrust to Your immense goodness all those who have left this world for eternity,
where You wait for all humanity, redeemed by the precious blood of Christ Your Son,
who died as a ransom for our sins.
Look not, O Lord, on our poverty, our suffering, our human weakness,
when we appear before You to be judged for joy or for condemnation.
Look upon us with mercy, born of the tenderness of Your heart,
and help us to walk in the ways of complete purification.
Let none of Your children be lost in the eternal fire,
where there can be no repentance.
We entrust to You, O Lord, the souls of our beloved dead,
of those who have died without the comfort of the sacraments,
or who have not had an opportunity to repent, even at the end of their lives.
May none of them be afraid to meet You, after their earthly pilgrimage,
but may they always hope to be welcomed in the embrace of Your infinite mercy.
May our Sister, bodily death, find us always vigilant in prayer
and filled with the goodness done in the course of our short or long lives.
Lord, may no earthly thing ever separate us from You,
but may everyone and everything support us with a burning desire
to rest peacefully and eternally in You.
“Prayer for the Dead,” by Father Antonio Rungi
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