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Daily adopt a unknown dying soul

It is because of the fall of Adam and Eve that Original Sin has come into the world as a consequence for disobedience to the commands of God. Being that we are human beings with a fallen nature, we are attached to sin. However, it is by God’s Grace that we can avoid sin and near occasions of sin. It is Catholic dogma that the only spotless Humans to be purely immaculate and free of sin are both Our Lord Jesus Christ – being that He is God and cannot contradict His own nature since He is Almighty and Good – and Our Immaculate Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary.

It is at the very moment of our death that the devil and his minions tempt the soul to fall into sin so that the soul may descend into Hell for all eternity; therefore loosing all hope for salvation and also loosing the possibility of attaining Eternal Life and the Beatific Vision. “Moreover we define that according to the general disposition of God, the souls of those who die in actual mortal sin go down into hell immediately after death and there suffer the pain of hell.” (Encyclical “On the Beatific Vision of God” Issued by Pope Benedict XII in 1336).

What a aweful tragedy it is to be tempted, especially at death since the time on earth to save ones soul is absolutely over. The Catholic Church teaches that it is a spiritual work of mercy to pray for souls and their conversion so that they may be saved, especially for the souls in purgatory in whom are already saved but thirst for Heaven since there are not any prayers being said for them. So what can we do to pray for souls at the hour of their death so that they may not be tempted? I invite you to join me in the following prayer. You won’t regret it. Let’s not forget that some day we will die and we will need prayers for us at the hour of our death as well, for we cry out to Our Dearest Lady: “Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”


A Prayer for the Dying and a Special Soul
“O MOST MERCIFUL JESUS, lover of souls,

I beseech Thee, by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart,

and by the sorrows of Thy Immaculate Mother,

wash clean in Thy Blood the sinners of the whole world

who are to die this day.
Remember most especially the soul I spiritually adopt

with the intention of entrusting him or her to Thy Shepherd’s care:

I beseech Thee for the grace to move this sinner, who is in

danger of going to Hell, to repent. I ask this because of my

trust in Thy great mercy.
If it should please Thy Majesty to send me a suffering this day

in exchange for the grace I ask for this soul, then, it, too,

shall please me very much, and I thank Thee, Most Sweet Jesus,

Shepherd and Lover of Souls; I thank Thee for this

opportunity to give mercy in thanksgiving for all the mercies

Thou hast shown me. Amen.
Heart of Jesus, once in agony, have mercy on the dying. Amen”

Let us all keep each other in prayer for salvation. The way is very narrow to Heaven, however, the way to Hell is very wide. Pray for me as well, dear friends, for the TAB is also a sinner. God Bless You!

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Overcoming Temptation out of love for Christ

“By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out” – Roman Missal, 1962.

“Blessed is he who endures under trials. When he has proved his worth, he will win that crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Nobody, when he finds himself tempted, should say, I am being tempted by God. God may threaten us with evil, but he does not himself tempt anyone. No, when a man is tempted, it is always because he is being drawn away by the lure of his own passions. When that has come about, passion conceives and gives birth to sin; and when sin has reached its full growth, it breeds death” – James 1:12-15

How often do we hear from society ‘You only live once, do what thalt wilt.” Or ‘If sin exists, God will understand that it’s too hard for me to stop sinning’. Since these are very misleading statements made by the average person who does not embrace the Holy Catholic Faith, the very teachings of Our Lord, how are we as disciples of Christ to view such erroneous opinions? Is it true that, due to our fallen nature as a result of original sin, temptations are too hard to overcome? Absolutely not since Our Beloved King, Jesus Christ, will give us the graces we need in order to combat the works of the Devil. However, it is by our fallen nature, due to the disobedience of our first parents: Adam and Eve that we are attached to sin which can later result into giving into temptation. ‘How do we overcome temptations and sin’ one may ask. Saint Alphonsus Liguori states the following:

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“To resist temptation, it is sufficient to pronounce the names of Jesus and Mary; and if the temptation continues, let us continue to invoke Jesus and Mary; and the devil shall never be able to conquer us”.

It was by fasting and prayer that the devil has fled, for the names of Jesus and Mary bring Satan much fear. Since Satan is constantly at work and desires to lead us to Hell for all eternity by tempting us to rebel against God’s Commandments, we must, therefore, revoke Satan by reminding him about the Master who is in charge of our souls. “Then Jesus said to him “Away with thee, Satan, it is written: “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Serve none but Him”. It was by these powerful and infallible words of Christ the King that “Then the devil left Him alone; and thereupon angels came and ministered to Him (Christ)”. Thus, have confidence in The Lord and do not let Satan scare you, for Christ’s works of Grace and Mercy will forever conquer over the evils of temptations. “Don’t let temptations frighten you”.(Padre Pio)

“The faithful should also reflect who their leader against the temptations of the enemy is; namely, Christ the Lord, who was victorious in the same combat. He overcame the devil; He is that stronger man who, coming upon the strong armed man, overcame him, deprived him of his arms, and stripped him of his spoils. Of Christ’s victory over the world, we read in St. John: Have confidence: I have overcome the world; and in the Apocalypse, He is called the conquering lion; and it is said of Him that He went forth conquering that He might conquer, because by His victory He has given power to others to conquer”. (Catechism of Trent)

In times of temptation, my brothers and sisters “Our Lord is there quite close to us, looking on us with kindness, smiling at us and saying ‘So, you do love me!’”. (Saint John Vianney)

In times of temptation we must not be slothful, for “Satan, however, is overcome not by indolence, sleep, wine, revelling, or lust; but by prayer, labor, watching, fasting, continence and chastity. Watch ye and pray, that ye enter not into temptation, as we have already said, is the admonition of our Lord. They who make use of these weapons in the conflict put the enemy to flight; for the devil flees from those who resist him.” (Council of Trent)

Are some temptations more effective and powerful than others? Indeed, however, we must not give into them. We must constantly meditate upon the four last things: death, judgement, Heaven, and Hell. Are a few moments of pleasure in sin worth an eternity in Hell? “Objectively you are damned, subjectively you might be saved” – Father Gregory Heese.

Let us continue to follow the Lord, Jesus Christ, for the love of His Sacred Heart, and may we take the words “And lead us not into temptation” literally and seriously out of love for Him.

Pax!

  

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