Have you realized that once someone who have been in your life passed away, your mind will immediately flash back the memories you have with the person. If you knew that they will be called by God, would you spend more time with the person? Early this year, someone who has been in my childhood memory had passed away and when he was in the hospital he was already unconscious. I asked myself ‘where was I all this time?’ why i did not have a moment to talk or be with him, he was someone in my siblings and my memory childhood.
Recently another relative of ours called to the Lord, she was our grand aunt but we called her ‘mama’, loves by many. When she got sick i managed to visit her a few times and say a prayer for her, even though i just sit and being with her for less than an hour.. i am fully satisfied. I am sad but happy at the same time that she has no more suffering.
Its weird somehow that when somebody is gone.. your memory with the person will be bright in color, as if it was yesterday and if you did not spend enough time with the person, you feel regret and if you does.. you will feel something empty inside of you. The best thing to do to remember them and to fill in your emptiness is by saying this prayer.
Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
O Lord, who art ever merciful and bounteous with Thy gifts, look down upon the suffering souls in purgatory. Remember not their offenses and negligences, but be mindful of Thy loving mercy, which is from all eternity. Cleanse them of their sins and fulfill their ardent desires that they may be made worthy to behold Thee face to face in Thy glory. May they soon be united with Thee and hear those blessed words which will call them to their heavenly home: “Come, blessed of My Father, take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”