Praying to Save Souls

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The Souls - Joža Uprka (1897)

“The Souls” by Joža Uprka (1897), from a series of paintings depicting Czech All Souls Day prayer

“Jesus, I love you, save souls!” My husband, Tom, and I often say this prayer because we love Jesus and because we, too, are concerned for the salvation of souls.

Why should I care about others – whether they know about God? Whether they go to Hell or Heaven?

My answer has two parts: one is based on the two greatest commandments given to us by Jesus:

When a doctor of the law approached Jesus asking him “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”, he said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the fist commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40).

The second part to the answer is knowing Jesus Christ! Once you have encountered Jesus, Son of God, Lord and Savior, you want others to meet Him! You begin to have a desire for others to have the opportunity of receiving healing, peace, and hope.

I remember when I first began my search for God, it wasn’t long after that initial decision that I met Jesus through prayer, and a group of people who took time with me to speak about Him and pray with me. If you can only imagine the immense peace and joy I received when I pictured Jesus before me, extending His hand towards me. Yes, it was the grace of God.

“Grace is the gratuitous gift that God makes to us of his own life, infused by the Holy Spirit in our soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1999).

This encounter with Christ brought about a desire to learn more about Him, the Scriptures and about the Catholic Church.

“Jesus, I love you, save souls!” It can be your prayer as well.   Do you think your faith isn’t strong enough? Don’t underestimate your prayer!

St. Therese of Lisieux said, “The Creator of the Universe awaits the prayer from a simple soul to save other souls.” So true! Our prayers (short and simple but prayed often) can help other souls. Susan Tassone, author of Prayers, Promises and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, writes in her book, “More than 150,000 people die each day worldwide – through natural disasters, accidents, sickness, wars, and sudden deaths. How many die unprepared, not knowing the mercy and love of our Heavenly Father?”

Offer short, simple prayers for others – trusting the Lord will save souls.

The Pilgrim Center of Hope is a Catholic Evangelization Apostolate founded for the purpose to help people encounter Jesus and get connected to the Church through various ministries. Find out more about those opportunities by visiting www.pilgrimcenterofhope.org.

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About Mary Jane Fox

Mary Jane Fox is the co-founder of The Pilgrim Center of Hope. The Pilgrim Log is the blog of the Pilgrim Center of Hope, a Catholic evangelization ministry, providing weekly spiritual reflections to help you journey toward a deeper relationship with Christ. Learn more about the Pilgrim Center of Hope by visiting www.pilgrimcenterofhope.org.

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