Depiction of St. Dominic and one of his 9 ways of Praying.
Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9
Ever since my period of dryness, I have felt called to penance for others. When I saw Lough Derg in the Catholicism video by Fr. Barron, I felt inexplicably drawn to this Purgatory Island. There was a time when I would have thought something like this was crazy, but now I feel called. Called to offer penance for others. But catching a plane to Ireland is not something realistic at this time in my life.
So I went to talk to my Spiritual Director. He suggested praying the Rosary with my arms outstretched. I thought this an impossible task. I am out of shape. But I went to adoration after I spoke with him, my heart felt the Lord say, “Look with eyes of faith and see beyond the veil.”
I wasn’t sure what to make of this. When I left I cried at the thought of a Rosary with my arms outstretched. I want to pray for others, but I am weak. The Lord showed me a picture in my head, a picture of angels holding up my arms. This happened on the Feast of the Guardian Angels.
I have yet to do this. Pray for me, that it will be as I saw. That the Angels will hold my arms. That Penance for others unites us with Christ. That more souls will make it to heaven.
*Update – I was able to do this, thanks be to God and His holy Angels.
Yes, I will pray for you! You will have the help of the Angels, our Blessed Mother and the holy souls in purgatory! How can you fail?
I was able to do this just after I posted it. Thank God for the Angels.
Susan, I’m noting that you have been called to physical pain. Not only to endure a pain due to a medical condition or illness, but to willingly put yourself through pain as penance to repair for souls.
I’ve never had a devotion to St Francis but last week, I was led to him, as I recounted in my blog posting, Why Him? (https://writingonmyheart.wordpress.com/). I read his story again, where St Francis heard Jesus tell him, “Francis, repair my Church which, as you can see, is falling into ruins.”
Susan, I think that when you repair for the Holy Souls of Purgatory, you free them into Heaven, which means that you are repairing to release saints for the world, to heal the church that is falling into ruins.
Pray for me that I too will have your courage, obedience and humility, dear sister.