I often hear people fret about giving alms during Lent. This is a tough economy, which is hopefully getting better, and I know that many people are hurting. But we can still give alms without ever reaching into our pockets. We have only to reach into our hearts and offer prayers for those who need them.
It would be a most generous act of charity and mercy to offer any indulgences you might gain during Lent for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. For instance, you can gain a plenary indulgence during any Friday in Lent by the usual conditions if you pray the Stations of the Cross and then pray the Prayer Before the Crucifix. I can't think of a greater sacrifice than to take something which would benefit ourselves and instead offer it for a soul thirsting for God in the flames of Purgatory.
In your charity, may I please ask you to pray for the repose of the soul of my dear friend's father? He passed away peacefully today a few minutes past Noon with his loving family at his bedside. My friend had spent nearly every night this week in vigil at her father's bedside and we communicated in the wee hours via text. My friend has kept me afloat these past months with her prayers and encouragement as I have feebly endured some trials and she was the inspiration behind the Rosary prayer group. I would be so grateful if you could keep her and her family in your prayers at this time.
I would also beg your prayers for me to know what God's will is for me in my life. It is always so hard for me to know. Sometimes, I believe He wants me to pick up what I think is a heavy cross, and then when it's too late, I realize it wasn't what He wanted at all. I know that what doesn't kill us can make us stronger, but I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing by the Lord. I thank you.
If anyone has any prayer intentions that they would like the Rosary group (or just those who visit the blog occasionally) to pray for, you are invited to post your intentions in the comments. If you have an urgent prayer request but wish to remain anonymous, just say so and I won't publish the comment. As a healthcare professional, I have lots of experience protecting the privacy of patients and I will do the same for anyone who needs our prayers but requires anonymity as well.
Thank you and God bless you!