Tuesday, November 16, 2021

On the Feast of Saint Gertrude

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen. 

- The Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great for the Souls in Purgatory 

I love seeing our children’s Holy Souls calendars around our home every November and reading through their lists of who they have been praying for each day. Some they remember, others they know from stories or the funeral holy cards we have kept over the years. ♥

Grandma and Grandpa Gordon always start off the month (we miss them so much) followed by Great Grandparents and the souls of other departed family & friends. 

Oliver Wallace (composer and conductor who contributed music to over 150 Disney Productions) and his daughter Mary Ritch (one of our neighbors in Oregon) are often included - the children remember the stories Mary would tell them when she’d stop to visit with them at the foot of our driveway while waking her dog each day. ♪

So many new names too... Including those of four of our older children’s childhood friends. 
Thirty days isn’t going to be nearly enough...  #praywithoutceasing

Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine; 
Et lux perpetua luceat ei.


  1. Way back in 2015 when the grands came to live with us, I began using the brilliant Ora Pro Nobis Candy Boxes and November calendar as a way of introducing them to praying for the souls of departed loved ones. I have to admit, at first the candy was 100% uppermost in their minds, but about a week later there was a new mood, a reverent mood. The children began to talk about the person they wanted to pray for, how much they missed them, and we would all pray together for that person. This opened up another dimension for them, they had not previously lived out their faith in any way. You can imagine how grateful I was to have 'stumbled across' (divinely led, more like it!) this blog. The Ora Pro Nobis Candy Boxes activity brought such a change in our lives that I proceeded to search out EVERY activity on this blog. We LIVED the church year, thanks to Jessica's 'Shower Of Roses'! So, saying 'many thanks' simply does not convey the depth of this Grandmother's gratitude for the powerful, life giving, faith building gift of this precious blog. Thank you, dear Jessica, may God reward you!

    1. Thank you, Karen! I'm so glad that the blog has been helpful! Your sweet grandchildren are so blessed to have you. May God reward you as well for all your hard work and efforts!


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