WITH FATHER'S DAY IS ALSO RECOGNITION OF THE FATHER AND HOW WITH PRAYERS HE SAVES SOULS
By Susan Tassone
One day when St. Gertrude was offering her prayers and good works to God for the faithful departed she saw the angels collecting them and presenting them at the foot of His throne, under the form of splendid gifts.
The Saints in Heaven rejoiced greatly and Our Lord also was pleased to receive the gifts with special benevolence, as if He was glad to have someone help the suffering souls.
Our Lord even added something to each of the good works, and then, having applied them according to the intention of the saint, He sent them back to her, multiplied a hundredfold, that she might carefully keep them and receive her reward of them in the other life.
St. Gertrude knew from this that, far from losing her time in doing good to her neighbor and the holy souls, she was laying up a great store of merit for herself before God. We see from these revelations how useful are the prayers and good works offered for the departed, both to them and to ourselves. We see how merciful Our Lord is and how grateful for everything offered to Him on behalf of those holy souls that He loves so much and whose separation from Him is so painful to all parties.
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