Intention: That the darkness of stigma, exclusion, and marginalization might be dispelled by the light of compassion, respect, and welcome for every person as a child of God.
Today’s Gospel | John 6: 37-40
Jesus said to the crowds, “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”
From the Meditation on the Commemoration of the Souls in Purgatory | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
But what makes particularly clear to us how much we are obliged to sympathize with the sufferings of these just souls in their afflictions and what ought most strongly to engage us to help them in all kinds of ways is the fact that the Church, our common Mother, overlooks nothing to inspire us with this zeal in favor of her suffering children, for whom she is full of tenderness.
… Today, then, take part in the spirit of the Church, and unite with her in all the prayers and sacrifices that she offers to God for the relief of the souls in purgatory. Implore for them the help of God with all possible fervor and earnestness in order to have the honor of being worthy members of the Church and cooperators with Jesus Christ in the redemption of these captive souls.
Eternal Father, Jesus taught us that to live well, we must strive to do your will. There are days when this is not easy, when our lives are filled with doubt and confusion. Help us in those moments to be still and look to see your face through our struggles. Enlighten our minds and fill our hearts, so that we will seek and find your right paths. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.