Today is November 2nd... you know what that means... ALL SOULS DAY! Did you know that in Hispanic countries this is celebrated as "Dia de los Muertos" or Day of the Dead- with good reason! All Souls Day is a special time of the liturgical year set aside specifically for us to pray for the dead. There are many different cultural customs and responses to this feast day- in many countries "altars" are created with pictures of loved ones that have passed away. Some of us get together with family and pray for our deceased family and friends - others do not do anything at all. Regardless of what we usually do- DON'T FORGET TO PRAY FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY! I encourage everyone to adopt this particular devotion. It truly has a domino effect that can literally change the world.As we pray for the souls in purgatory, G-d in love and mercy releases them- that they may join Him for eternity in His Heavenly Kingdom.There, thus, are more souls in heaven capable of interceding for us- the individuals that helped released them. How much more grateful will such souls be to the Catholic that prayed for the release of their soul? *** Hopefully you understand, when we pray for ourselves- G-d hears our lonely cry. When we pray for the souls in purgatory- THEN- ourselves- asking for the intercession of spirits in heaven, G-d hears not only our prayers but the also the prayers of the souls in heaven-as they intercede on our behalf.Praying for the souls in purgatory- has, then, a sort of multiplier effect. Additionally, it is our duty as Catholics to pray for them! I sincerely urge you to pray the St Gertrude Chaplet below- Christ promised her every time it is recited 50,000 souls would be released from Purgatory! But hey, you don't have to use just on All Souls Day- you should pray it continually throughout the year! May G-d open your heart & mind & may He bless you & your family-now & forever! Pax Vobiscum.