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Our Souls, They are Not Dead

November 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry, Prayer

OUR SOULS, THEY ARE NOT DEAD

In silence late one evening, I found myself alone
Enjoying for the moment some peacefulness at home.
A steamy cup of coffee with a shot of Irish cream
Had lulled me into comfort when I drifted off to dream.
The mistiness around me draped my shoulders like a shawl
While voices so familiar seemed to beckon with a call.

“Pray for us, please pray for us, and offer up your pain,
We need your acts of charity to fall on us like rain.
Please sprinkle holy water, light a candle in our stead
For we long to see our Savior; our souls they are not dead.”
 

Stunned I peered in silence, as I strained to hear each sound,
From the shadows there before me as I knelt on holy ground.
Daddy? No, my Grandpa? Was that my late but dearest Aunt?
Did I hear the voice of family in this soft but pleading chant?

“Pray for us, please pray for us, and offer up your pain
We need your acts of charity to fall on us like rain
Please sprinkle holy water, light a candle in our stead
For we long to see our Savior; our souls they are not dead.”

Their entreaty begged compassion with a plea for so much prayer
That I quickly sought the face of God to implore Him then and there.
For the Holy Souls in Purgatory, dear Father, grant release
So soon their cries are silenced when at last they dwell in peace.

Still, if my Dad therein resides, or my Grandpa and my Aunt,
Please take them soon to heaven, of this I ask you grant.
With that I made a promise to pray and not forget
My family who may need me to help repay their debt.

At that their voices faded, I could barely hear their call.
Quiet darkness over took me, and I began to fall.
Then with a start, I awoke in pain, hot coffee on my pants.
But still I seemed to hear the sound of Poor Souls as they chant…

“Pray for us, please pray for us, and offer up your pain
We need your acts of charity to fall on us like rain
Please sprinkle holy water, light a candle in our stead
For we long to see our Savior; our souls they are not dead.”
 

Written October 15, 2011; used with permission.
For the Holy Souls In Purgatory

Photo from the Polish cemetery of Osobowice€Ž in Wroclaw, Zaduszki “All Souls Day,” Klearchos Kapoutsi, 2009, Wikimedia Commons.

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Donna Sue Berry is a passionate writer and poet, wife, mother of two, and grandmother of nine, from the American Heartland of central Oklahoma. She and her husband Joel share their time between Oklahoma and Montana. Her early writing began with romantic poetry during junior high school years; but, not until returning to school at age 48 did her poetry deepen to truly express her great love for her Catholic faith. Proud of her rich Oklahoma heritage and ancestors who made the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run, her current book project is "Catholic Poems from the Heart of a Red Dirt Oklahoma Girl." Her website is donnasueberry.com.

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  • Kate Lessman

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    • http://www.donnasueberry.com/ Donna Sue Berry

      Kate, May God Bless you…you are welcome!

  • Terri Lynn West

    Thankyou my dear aunt Ellen died last year on All Souls day.

    • LizEst

      My aunt Odilia died on All Souls Day, 2006.

      • http://www.donnasueberry.com/ Donna Sue Berry

        Oh wow, Liz! Prayers for the repose of her soul too!

        • LizEst

          Thank you Donna Sue.

    • http://www.donnasueberry.com/ Donna Sue Berry

      Dear Terri, May she rest in peace! Prayers. Love those dear Aunts!

  • RobinJeanne

    I don’t like peotry(it’s hard for me to grasp)… but that was good, thank you for sharing that.

    • LizEst

      That’s powerful praise RobinJeanne!

    • http://www.donnasueberry.com/ Donna Sue Berry

      Robin Jeanne, That really means a lot to me! May God Bless you!

  • Marg

    Thank you Donna for sharing your beautiful, prayerful story with us! God reaches us through beautiful ways. It has brought me back to praying for my parents souls, which has been healing for me as well, God bless you Donna! love your poetry!

  • Marg

    Good morning Donna! forgive me if this is going to be a repeat, I thought I sent along a blog but it was’t showing. Thank you for that heart moving prayer Donna! God takes us to places through these prayerful poems and it can be very healing and I just wanted to share with you and others that as I was reflecting on the your poem, God
    brought me to a place in my heart where, I needed let go and forgive and pray for my parents souls. We don.t have the little candles in our churches at home that you light but. I love how God touches our hearts and uses us to touch others as you have done today May God continue to Bless you Donna!

    • LizEst

      This is wonderful to hear, Marg. I will continue to pray for you and your family. God bless you, Marg.

      • Marg

        Thank you Liz & GOd’s blessings to you!

    • http://www.donnasueberry.com/ Donna Sue Berry

      Dear Marg, your sweet words brought tears to my eyes. I, too, have had some feelings to overcome from a departed love one. The lesson learned was the more I offered up my prayers and sufferings for their soul( even though at first I was like ‘aaarrrrgggghhh!”, I soon felt a softening. May God bless you and thank you!

  • Maria

    Beautiful!

    • http://www.donnasueberry.com/ Donna Sue Berry

      Thank you, Maria!

  • Debi

    Thank you for the inspiring poem. My prayer life has been a little lethargic lately, and your poetry has moved me. My Dad has been gone almost 20 years and I miss him greatly. Sometimes I forget that I should be praying for him, instead of wondering if he knows how I’m doing!

    • http://www.donnasueberry.com/ Donna Sue Berry

      Blessings, Debi! I am grateful the words touched your heart and I will pray for your Dad too. I lost mine 10 years ago and just this last year had a series of Gregorian Masses said for him. I cannot tell you enough about the peace I now feel having had Masses said for him. Everything I read or hear from our Catholic Church about the Poor Souls in Purgatory is to have Masses said for them, to pray for them, and offer up your little and great pains in reparation. Also, that they will never fail to help us all they can in return. What great friends to have them as intercessors(especially Dads!) God bless you!

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