Someone I know died today. She wasn’t a close friend, but she was a friend. The last time I saw her, she was the picture of health. That was in April. We attended the same retired teacher’s breakfast that is held monthly. She was happy and talking about traveling. She was scheduled to go to an event that focused on her specialty, English.
I don’t know what happened. In the month and a half since I had seen her last, she was diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer. She was not a smoker, nor had she been a smoker. She was a good woman and touched many lives.
We received the email about two weeks ago that she was very ill and in the hospital. Visits were not encouraged. Text messages and emails were not encouraged since she was too weak. However, we were asked, if we liked, to send cards. There were 50 cards sent in one week. She couldn’t talk, but she gave the thumbs up for each one that was read to her.
Her suffering seems to have been great but for a limited time. My hope is that, as she crossed the threshold of eternity, Jesus was there to welcome her home.
We don’t know. She might be in Purgatory now. This is why we need to pray daily for the Souls.
I’m at the age now where I read the obituaries, daily. There are people younger than I am who die daily. We need to pray for them. We need to pray for everyone, just in case. We might get up that morning, pray for the souls, and then we might die. We don’t know. Life is so short.
Pray for the souls daily.
St. Gertrude Prayer
Eternal Father, I offer you the most Precious Blood of Your divine Son, Jesus, in union with all Masses said daily, in reparation for sins, for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those within my own home, and within my family.
All Praise and Honor be to the Precious Blood of Jesus, for it wrought our salvation and redemption. Amen.
This prayer is said to release 1,000 souls from Purgatory everytime it is prayed.