About the greatest hymn in history is the Anima Christi (Soul of My Savior). It was believed to have been authored by St. Ignatius of Loyola -- yet only because he’d entitle his retreat papers with its title: most evidence shows it was likely Pope John 22nd who authored it. Youtube has great performances of it, including one with Pope Francis having Mass at St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome. It has official indulgences granted when prayed after Holy Communion: we now have this in our Mexican parish in Spanish for more indulgences. I shared about such in my Eucharistic book of John 6:66 and how I got to chant it in Latin (to the English melody) in the Cathedral of Corpus Christi on its Solemnity upon my 10th anniversary of priesthood 8 years ago.
In my Eucharistic book it includes how a Mexican lady who lost her baby was sad yet glad to learn how the souls of dying babies go to God without even having to be tested in life. The book also has planets renamed: saturn is renamed the Holy Innocents (martyred during Jesus’ Infancy) and has 9 rings of names of 9 classes of innocents, including babies that die before birth, after, etc. innocents. Its two ‘Shepherd moons’ are renamed Francisco and Jacinta for the Fatima blessed seers: as Pope St. John Paul II preached at their beatification of them as shepherds, too, since they were kids shepherding lambs.
The great mystic and visionary, St. Gertrude the Great, whose writings helped spread devotion to the Sacred Heart, has the famous prayer for poor souls and more that Mystical Rose devotees are invited to recite as daily as possible (as some friends of mine already daily do, too): “Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.” Jesus told her that praying this would release 1000 souls from Purgatory each time prayed. The founder of SOLT, Fr. Jim Flanagan, asked by me if such is truly possible, responded -- “All is possible with God.” Connectedly, many conclude the prayer before eating (“Bless us O Lord…”) with “may the souls of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.”
Finally, Fr. Ray Jasinski’s latest book on Mary “Rosa Mystica” has this soul-related quote of St. Augustine: “Good Jesus, make Your dwelling in me. Kindle in my soul the glowing ember of love for You so that it may become a blazing fire. May it burn upon the altar of my heart, penetrate with its warmth my very marrow, inflame the most hidden depths of my soul.”
Continue with this great Year of Consecrated Life, and especially with the Consecration at the Mass of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ,
Thank you all!
Glory to the TRINITY, and via Maria ROSA MYSTICA!
Fr. Ed, Mexico, SOLT, but MRMS too in spirit!
Have a Blessed & Holy August month of the Soul of Christ (as it can be called)!
May Our Lady ever-flowering & overflowing with graces & blessings unfold in us The 3-Fold indwelling Divinity (of Her 3 'Roses') to ever spring, sing, & ring alive.
Amatissima semper esto Maria Rosa Mystica!
Most Beloved ever be Maria Rosa Mystica!