Prayers for the faithful departed pleases God, who makes use of our prayers to help purify these souls that He loves. It is an act of charity that we can give for those we have known and loved, for our ancestors who gave us life, for those souls whose memory is lost, and for those who have no one else to pray for them. Here are some ideas for praying for these suffering (and often neglected) souls, especially during the month of November dedicated to their memory.
Prayer & Inspiration
The Three Hail Mary novena is a very beautiful prayer recited in honor of three of Mary’s special gifts given to her by God: her power, wisdom, and mercy. In this novena we ask her to use these gifts on our behalf to obtain our petitions from God, and most importantly, to help us lead a holier life.
The Holy Rosary is an enormous source of grace and protection, one of the most powerful sacramentals of the Catholic Church. Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the children to whom Our Lady appeared at Fatima, once said, “There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families . . . that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
There is no sacramental or devotion in the Catholic Church that is more widely praised, preached, and practiced than the Holy Rosary. And for good reason . . . it works! Outside of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the most powerful prayer is Our Lady’s Holy Rosary. After all, it was given to the faithful as a spiritual weapon by the Blessed Virgin herself!
Below is a tender and powerful litany that St. Faustina wrote to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, her support through the bitter suffering she experienced in her soul, trials allowed by Jesus himself. But first, the strength and beauty of her litany is better appreciated by better understanding the deep interior darkness that her soul was plunged into which produced such a heart-rending prayer.
We probably all know at least one person who has fallen away from the Catholic faith, whether it be after a tragic event, a pulling away from family and tradition, or after having doubts about the Faith that have grown over many years. Our hearts ache to see this, because the very strength these people […]
St. Francis of Assisi was one of the greatest saints in Church history. He the first-known saint to receive the stigmata, the very wounds of Christ. This means that he was so unified with the sufferings of Jesus that his body bore physical witness to the fact. Needless to say, he was an excessively intense saint who lived the Gospel to a radical degree. The real St. Francis is much different from the soft, mellow, forest-dwelling friar that he is often portrayed as today.
St. Therese of Lisieux, the ever-popular and loved patron saint, affectionately known as “The Little Flower”, has her feast day on October 1st. Catholics the world over devoted to this great saint of The Little Way begin a novena asking for her intercession for their special intention on September 22nd (to end on the eve of her feast).
Most of us know what it’s like to lose energy when we own too many things. Whether we realize it or not, it leaves us feeling less generous, less sure of ourselves, less clear about our purpose, and less capable to step out of ourselves to be Christ to someone else. Whatever choice we face in the moment, extra weight from stuff we carry makes it difficult for us to react in alignment with our best self.
The best thing you can do to start off your day is to offer it up in prayer to the Blessed Mother, traditionally called a “Morning Offering.” Below is a classic Morning Offering prayer to give all the trials and joys that may come to your day to the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that she may take them and purify them as a worthy offering, and present it to the Sacred Heart of her Son.