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Lamentations of a Soul in Purgatory
This brings us to the seventh day of the daily Pilgrimage to Purgatory.  It usually begins on Sunday, but it's not a fast rule.  There are preparatory prayers to be said for each day which are always the same.  (Go to the website http://www.alcazar.net/Purgatory.html)


THURSDAY

Holy Souls in Purgatory, is there anything you regret when you think of your life on earth? 

I deeply regret the scandal which I have given!  Oh, if I had to grieve over my own faults only... If only I would have prevented, in the hour of my health, the disastrous consequences of the scandal of which I was the cause.  If only I could detain from this place of darkness the many souls that followed my sad example and listened to my pernicious teachings!

But no! Through my fault the evil goes on, and perhaps, will spread over a period of years and centuries. And now I have to give an account of all the sins for which I am to blame!  Oh, were I but able to let my sad words resound unto the ends of the earth and to wander through the world as a preacher of penance!  With what untiring zeal would I labor among souls in order to estrange them from evil and return them to virtue. 

O you my friends on earth, who come to visit me in this dark prison in order to let a ray of salutary light shine upon me: you shall find in the Sacred Heart the surest and easiest way of bringing back to God as many souls as I have led into sin by bad example!  Tell them that "this divine Heart is a fortress and a sanctuary for those who desire to escape divine justice by seeking refuge in Him.  For the number of sins committed at the present time is so great, that they challenge a just Creator to punish the sinner swiftly and severely.

Pious Exercises

Resolution. -- Today I will do everything possible to assist the souls of the faithful departed from North and South America, especially those from my native town. I also recommend myself to those who are entering heaven at this moment.

Thought for the day. -- The Son of Man will render to everyone according to his works. (Matt. 16:27)

Exercise. -- Give to someone a picture or a book treating of the Sacred Heart.

Special Intention -- Pray for the soul which had the greatest devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Motive. -- That soul will obtain for you the grace to receive Holy Communion worthily at the hour of death as a pledge of your eternal salvation.

Prayer. -- O Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee, by the Precious Blood of Thy divine Son Jesus, which He gave with His own hands upon the eve of His Passion to His beloved Apostles to be their food and drink, and which He left to His whole Church to be a perpetual sacrifice and life-giving food of His own faithful people, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and especially that one which was most devoted to this mystery of infinite love, that it may with Thy same, divine Son, and with Thy Holy Spirit, ever praise Thee for Thy love therein in eternal glory.  Amen.

Our Father.... Hail Mary.

(Any form of prayer for the Poor Souls may be used.)

De Profundis    Psalm 129:

Out of the depths I have cried unto Thee, O
Lord: Lord hear my voice. Let Thine ears be
attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark out iniquities:
O Lord, who can abide it!
For with Thee there is mercy; and by reason
of Thy law I have waited on Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath waited on His word; my soul
hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even unto night: let
Israel hope in the Lord.
For with the Lord there is mercy; and with
Him is plenteous redemption.
And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give them, O Lord.

R. And let perpetual light shine upon them



Ejaculation. -- My Jesus! Mercy!
May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
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