(quote) Bob-1048419 said: What is your spirituality in praying for your beloved spouse? Do you pray for their soul at all? If so, how often, how intently? If they received Viaticum and/or The Anointing of The Sick or were able to give a good Confession shortly before there death, do you still pray for their soul? if so, why; if not, why not.
Do you also do works of mercy for the living in reparation for any temporal punishment they may have to " work off' in purgatory to attain god's Mercy?
I am nterested to read the posts on this topic.
I do pray for the deceased, especially my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and husband. Not big drawn out prayers but more of "Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord... many times throughout the day. They all received the Last Rites. For friends and acquaintances or the world's people in general I do pray for God's mercy, also. These prayers may be longer and just as fervent. My elementary Catholic education set in my heart and soul and mind the Purgatory state for most of us. So, I'm acutely aware that my spouse and loved ones most likely aren't in heaven--yet. Or if they are, they "did time" in Purgatory. I have Masses said on their birthdays and other important dates--20+ each year.
In the ambulance on the way to the ECU, I prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Act of Contrition, Our Father, and many ejaculations--both for his recovery and for his eternal soul.
I, myself, don't think that I will go straight to heaven. Though I do penance here on earth and have had more than my share of hardships, trials,sorrowful times, I see time in purgatory for me. I hope that my children will pray for my soul.
Works of mercy performed to "work off" purgatory or attain God's mercy? Well, again, from childhood it was instilled in me and I continue to practice the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy. Not consciously for me or my loved ones, but for the greater honor and glory of God.