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Father Angelus Shaughnessy,
O.F.M. Capuchin

   Poor Souls     

Prayer For the Poor Souls

God of Justice, God of Mercy,
You have no choice but to love us
because love is the only word in Your vocabulary.
Love is the only thing You think of or say or do,
even when we deserve punishment for our sins.

Give us the grace to bypass
the purifying flames of Your love in Purgatory
by living now lives of sincere prayer,
fervent self-denial, and unselfish love.

Help us to unite our labors of love
with those of Your Divine Son
to win the release of those suffering souls
who have been part of our lives,
especially our family members, relatives, friends, benefactors,
and those You want us to remember to pray for.

Keep us alert to the indulgences we may gain
to help our departed brothers and sisters,
by making the Stations of the Cross,
by reading Sacred Scripture in a prayerful way,
by spending time before the Blessed Sacrament,
and by reciting the Rosary with others
at home or at Church.

Lord, we know that where the poor souls are now
we may well be soon.
Their cries are pleading for our prayers at this very moment!

"Have mercy on me, have mercy on me,
at least you my friends
because the hand of the Lord has touched me."

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.


   Prayer written by Father Angelus Shaughnessy, Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.    Saint Conrad Friary, 9448 Babcock Boulevard, Allison Park, Pennsylvania 15101.

Visit his website: Father Angelus Shaughnessy, O.F.M. Capuchin

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