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November 2, 2022
Feast of All Souls
Dear Friends of Catholic Tradition,
November is the month of the Holy Souls. It is a wonderful month to practice the virtue of charity towards our neighbor. The charity that we show for the Holy Souls is unique in that they are completely unable to help themselves. Our forefathers in the Faith who are being purged of their faults in Purgatory can no longer help themselves. They are completely reliant upon our prayers, Mass stipends, and sacrifices to shorten their time. Because they are so helpless, our charity to help them can be very powerful.
When composing this message, I was reminded of a practice I learned from one of the more traditional Immaculate Heart sisters who still taught in my parochial grade school in the 1970s. She had a practice of always praying or offering an indulgence for “the most abandoned soul in Purgatory.” She told us children that it was always easier to pray for a family member or friend who had died. It was easy to remember our grandmother. It was more difficult to pray for an anonymous soul, one we will not know we helped until the end of time. Yet, this is an extraordinary act of charity to pray for a soul who would languish in Purgatory unremembered. It is a thought and a custom that has stayed with me since grammar school.
In addition to practicing the virtue of charity, we can also practice the virtue of gratitude. The Holy Souls have preceded us in the Faith. They have handed on to us that which we have received. We may not have received the Faith directly from the soul for whom we pray, but we received it from someone. Even if someone who did hand on the Faith to us directly is in Heaven, we can always add to our sacrifices that if they are unneeded for this soul because they are in Heaven may God redirect the merits to a soul in need. We can honor and express gratitude for someone who handed on the Faith for us by helping another Christian soul to Heaven.
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All of us at Catholic Family News, like you, are so grateful for the grace God has given us to see the crisis in the Church and the Tradition to which we must adhere to navigate it. Looking around at so many souls who are lost in the confusion, our only thought is, “But for the grace of God, there go I.” From this sentiment comes the desire to share what we have received. The insight to recognize the infiltration of the human element of the Church and the grace to see the beauty of her divine side, sadly obscured by scandal, are gifts of God which we are obligated to share. Your support of our work helps us share those gifts with all who come across our little work (click HERE to subscribe or renew your subscription).
One final personal request: Please commit to praying at least one Hail Mary for the most abandoned soul in Purgatory (and one for my grammar school teacher, Sister Cephas, who, given her age when I was in school, has likely gone to her judgement).
In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Brian M. McCall