Thursday, November 12, 2015

From USCCB: Praying for Life Year-Round: November 2015


Praying for Life Year-Round
November 2015

As we observe November as the Month of Holy Souls, we pray both for the souls in Purgatory and for people nearing the ends of their lives--that they may be lovingly cared for, strengthened by God's grace, and welcomed into eternal life.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be 
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Shortly before she passed away from a terminal illness, Maggie shared about the gift her father had left her in his own final days:
"He taught me how to live and die with faith and with dignity marked by patience and grace. He taught me that dignity can't be diminished by pain or loss of personal control. ...he taught me that our suffering is not meaningless when we unite it with Christ's own suffering. ...My dad's legacy of faith and courage have been a beacon for me, lighting my path as I walk through the valley of the shadow of my own death."  (Full article.)
Watch this 3 minute video of Maggie sharing her story!
Watch this 3 minute video of Maggie sharing her story!
Acts of Reparation (choose one)
  • Take 15 minutes to pray the Rosary for the souls in Purgatory, those who are facing death, and the families and friends of both.
  • Give up a favorite food for a week.
  • Embrace prayerful silence for a day. Remove any recreational sound during your day, such as music, audio books, the radio, TV, etc.
One Step Further 

"Just ten days before [California legalized assisted suicide], one of the most eloquent opponents of assisted suicide, Maggie Karner, passed away after living with aggressive brain cancer for a year and a half.  A 52-year-old wife and mother of three daughters, Maggie bravely faced her terminal cancer with courage and grace." - "Life Issues Forum: Facing Death with Dignity"

See also: A response by Maggie's daughter, Mary, to the heartbreaking news from California, shortly after her mother's passing.

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Image: A mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe decorates a side altar in the Church of Santa Maria della Famiglia at the Vatican. Dec. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).

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