Prayers Answered for a Deathbed Conversion
I believe my prayers contributed to a deathbed conversion. There were surely other prayers at work, but mine were in the mix. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working, (James 5:16).
A Catholic I knew had a relative across the country that had been fighting cancer for a long time before she slipped into a coma. Doctors did not expect the woman, whom I’ll call Barbara, to come out of it. Anyone who knew Barbara, knew of her passionate liberal views especially about advocating abortion. She herself had and abortion many years earlier.
Although Barbara was Catholic, it was often a sordid relationship she had with the Church, frequently disparaging it. The years of cancer had done nothing to loosen Barbara’s liberal opinions.
She needs Last Rites, I thought when I learned about Barbara’s situation. Last Rites prepare Catholics for death with the sacraments of Confession, Holy Communion, and the Anointing of the Sick. All but one of Barbara’s adult children had left the Church, however, and the one Catholic lived far away. The idea of getting a priest to visit Barbara in the hospital was not something her nearby children or her sort of-Catholic husband would arrange. And besides, a woman in a coma cannot go to Confession.
I began praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for Barbara, every day, and convinced her relative to join me. I knew from reading St. Faustina’s Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul, that it was powerful prayer for conversion and to prepare people for death.
During St. Faustina’s revelations in the 1930s, Jesus appeared and asked her to pray theChaplet of The Divine Mercy for sinners and the dying, saying:
“Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties, obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least. Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer. You know the whole abyss of My mercy, so draw upon it for yourself and especially for poor sinners. Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy not embrace a trusting soul." (Diary of St. Faustina, 1777)
Jesus told her: "My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet. ... Write that when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior," (Diary, 1541).
St. Faustina wrote of a time she was praying for a dying man: "'My daughter, help Me to save a certain dying sinner. Say the chaplet that I have taught you for him.' When I began to say the chaplet, I saw the man dying in the midst of terrible torment and struggle. His Guardian Angel was defending him, but he was, as it were, powerless against the enormity of the soul's misery. A multitude of devils was waiting for the soul. But while I was saying the chaplet, I saw Jesus just as He is depicted in the image. The rays which issued from Jesus' Heart enveloped the sick man, and the powers of darkness fled in panic. The sick man peacefully breathed his last. When I came to myself, I understood how very important the chaplet was for the dying. It appeases the anger of God" (Diary, 1565).
After a couple of weeks of praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Barbara, I learned that she had unexpectedly came out of her coma and was coherent for several days. Her children from near and far were able to gather around her and through very circumstantial events, (too complicated to explain here) a priest came by and gave her Last Rites. Barbara had spent a long time with the priest.
Later, she shared with her Catholic child, that many of her opinions were now drastically changed. A few days later, Barbara passed away. The family had a beautiful Catholic funeral. Her husband, who lived another 7 years, became a daily communicant and prayed the rosary daily.http://www.pattimaguirearmstrong.com/
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March 18, 2017
Dear Family of Mary!
March 18, 2017 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje through Mirjana Soldo:
"Dear children! My motherly desire is for your hearts to be filled with peace, and for your souls to be pure so that in the presence of my Son you could see His face. Because, my children, as a mother I know that you thirst for consolation, hope and protection. You, my children, consciously and unconsciously are seeking my Son. I also, as I passed the time on earth, rejoiced, suffered and patiently endured pains, until my Son, in all His glory, removed them. And that is why I am saying to my Son: help them always. You, my children, with true love, illuminate the darkness of selfishness which all the more envelopes my children. Be generous. May both your hands and heart always be open. Do not be afraid. Abandon yourselves to my Son with trust and hope. As you look towards Him, live life with love. To love means to give oneself, to endure, and never to judge. To love means to live the words of my Son. My children, as a mother I am speaking to you: only true love leads to eternal happiness. Thank you."
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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March 9, 2017
St. Frances of Rome
Dear Family of Mary!
Our Lady loves God with her whole heart, completely. She is calling us to also have a pure and total love for God. This is everything for her. She told us:
"Dear children, Today I look in your hearts and looking at them my heart seizes with pain. My children! I desire from you unconditional, pure love for God. You will know that you are on the right path when with your body you are on the earth, and with your soul you are always with God. Through this unconditional and pure love, you will see my Son in every person. You will feel in union with God. As a Mother I will be happy because I will have your holy and unified hearts. My children, I will have your salvation. Thank you." (August 2, 2007)
In her Dairy, St. Faustina wrote about such love for God in this way:
Pure love is capable of great deeds, and it is not broken by difficulty or adversity. As it remains strong in the midst of great difficulties, so too it perseveres in the toilsome and drab life of each day. It knows that only one thing is needed to please God: to do even the smallest things out of great love-love, and always love.
Pure love never errs. Its light is strangely plentiful. It will not do anything that might displease God. It is ingenious at doing what is more pleasing to God, and no one will equal it. It is happy when it can empty itself and burn like a pure offering. The more it gives of itself, the happier it is. But also, no one can sense dangers from afar as can love; it knows how to unmask and also knows with whom it has to deal. (Diary, 140)
Perhaps this Lent we can pray for the grace to love God completely, totally, purely, and unconditionally. Such love is the right response to the Great Commandment as Jesus spoke of it in Matthew:
And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.
And a second is like it, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets." (Matthew 22: 35-40)
With all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind, let us love the Lord!! Then we will be able to love our neighbor as ourself.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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