I will pray today for the soul in purgatory who was most distracted or least prepared for “that day” of his death
Introductory Prayer: Dear Jesus,
I believe in you and in the Kingdom you are building in and through me. I believe in the value of my
sacrifice and struggles united to yours. I hope to arrive to heaven when you say it is time. I wish
to spend myself for those I should love the most.
Jesus, I believe that you are here calling me to prayer. Some day not too far away, you will call me
home to you. Awaken my heart to love you more today, with prayer and with work. I trust that you
will inspire all the joy, love and virtue I need to live. Keep me on guard, listening to your voice
and being attentive to your grace.
Petition: Rouse my
heart, Lord, to live in you!
1. Drowsy Hearts: . Our life is a time of preparation,
not only for an eternal friendship with God, but for the “assault” of the “tribulations” that must
come first. The spiritual battle is real, whether or not we are aware of it, whether or not we want
it. We fight each day and in many ways, but the battle is ultimately won in the depths of our
hearts. All that puts our hearts to sleep and gives us a false sense of security must be avoided. I
may not “carouse and get drunk” in the typical fashion, but do I wander about seeking satisfaction
from the world? Am I superficial in my judgments? Do I become so engrossed and absorbed in material
matters, works and worries that I am unable to pursue my spiritual life and vocation with a clear
and focused attention?
2. That Day: . It seems that none of us will escape the
trial of that last day. For some it will be sudden and painful, for others it will be prolonged and
difficult. But we are all mortal creatures. The great saints all lived with their end in mind. Death
was a healthy meditation that moved them to live the present day to the full. Death is the door to
my real life. The anticipation of that day need not rob us of joy; rather, it must call us to love.
How I live tothis day is determining ofdetermines how I will live “that day” and the everlasting day
of eternal life with God. How do I want to live that day?
3. Vigilance and Prayer:
. This is how Jesus invited his closest friends, the apostles, to live “that day” of his
Passion: “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41). The final words of
the Our Father must find resonance in with how I we live. Vigilance requires awareness not only of
the enemies and threats that surround meus, but also of the weaknesses within meus. These elements
are at work each day, and so we must I be on guard each day to check their influence. This must be a
the simple and serene priority in my our life. But it must always lead me us to Christ, to stand
before him sincerely and trustingly in prayer. Prayer and vigilance lead to each other. If we do not
make prayer the air we breathe, we will suffocate in a polluted world. How much importance am I
giving to my habits and life of prayer?
Conversation with Christ: Grant me, dear Jesus, a sense
of urgency. Wake me up from any drowsiness or spiritual carelessness. Allow me to see both the
threats and opportunities for my life of grace. Keep before my eyes the real meaning of my life and
the limited time I have to conquer and grow in love.
want to hear and react promptly and firmly to all the inspirations you send me.
will pray today for the soul in purgatory who was most distracted or least prepared for “that day”
of his death.