Devotion for the Dying


Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for Poor Souls

At Fatima Our Lady revealed that devotion to her Immaculate Heart is a particular means that God wishes to use to save souls from Hell. This is the second of the three Secrets of Fatima; therefore, it must be a very powerful devotion.

   At Fatima Our Lady showed the three children a terrifying vision of Hell, then told them, "You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world the devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace."

   Thus the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was revealed expressly to save souls, so how can Our Lady refuse to save souls if we appeal to her Immaculate Heart?

   We can entrust to her the sinner we are praying for- especially if it is a relative or godchild of ours or someone to whom we have special ties-----using the following or similar words, and even repeating this act many-----times throughout the day:

A Little Act of Entrusting a Soul to Mary

    IMMACULATE Heart of Mary, I entrust to thee the salvation of [Name], having great confidence that thou wilt save him [or her]!

Then we can feel that this problem is Our Lady's problem too, and she has untold resources with which to convert this soul. And as well as the problem, likewise the glory of his conversion will belong to her, if and when it comes. Our Lady's task is to think up a way to convert him, send him the grace, and perhaps show us how we are to cooperate with this plan. Our task is to keep on praying-----and with great confidence, plus to make sacrifices.  If this person's conversion seems very unlikely, let us not think about that, nor try to figure out a clever way to win over his heart, but simply have confidence in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

   A very powerful way to pray for the Poor Souls is to enlist the help of our Blessed Mother, asking her to pour the Precious Blood upon them. As mentioned earlier, it seems that God has put the Precious Blood and its saving power at Our Lady's disposal, to dispense as she sees fit.

Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for Poor Souls

   IMMACULATE Heart of Mary, do thou pour some drops of the Precious Blood upon the soul of [Name], and deliver him [or her] from Purgatory.


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