August 3, 2012 - This morning at Mass during the petitions, Father reminded us to pray for the dead. I looked up at the Crucifix above the altar and saw rays and rays of light streaming from Jesus’s hands nailed to the cross. These rays went down below the cross. The rays streamed to the left and right down from both hands crossing over in the middle. At the end of each ray was a figure or really just an outline of a person. There were so many shadowy figures at the end of each ray. I felt immediately that these were poor souls wanting heaven. A very dramatic vision! Here and gone so quickly. I believe the rays signify the Mercy of Jesus pulling poor souls to himself. Now I look for this vision every time I’m in church as I gaze at the Crucifix. I glance at the Crucifix during Mass every time Father concludes the petitions by reminding us to pray for the dead. I remember this image also when we pray or sing the Agnus Dei.
All good reminders for me to pray for the poor souls in purgatory. How often did I pray for them before this reminder from Jesus? Very little. Although I have never seen this vision again, still the memory is clear in my mind.
Merciful Jesus, I pray this day for all souls reaching out, crying out to you. Amen