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From: Eileen Xxxxxxxxxx [mailto:Xxxxxxxxx@xxxx.net]
Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2005 9:33 PM
To: Eugene@degrandisssj.com
Subject: Prayers Needed
Dear Eugene, I just found this site. I was reading your bio and what you said about a man who believes for a day, an hour or a little while. Does this mean he is saved or that the Lord will love him enough not to let the devil get a hold of him? My husband died on the Feast of the Holy Rosary last year and I am devastated. He was not a Catholic and everything happened so suddenly. I neglected him as I was unable to get to the hospital because I have MS and a severe anxiety disorder and yet my husband was always there for me during 33 years of a marriage the Lord gave us. I let him down and I don't know what happened to him. This all sounds nuts but I think I am driving myself nuts. My son and I pray the rosary every day and He is a Eucharistic minister so I am able to receive every day yet, I seem to be getting worse. I want to help God and give him all my pain and there is plenty to give. Please keep us in your prayers--My children and husband and I need every one. Please help me to help myself through God's almighty mercy. God bless you--Eileen

Dear Eileen,
It is not necessary for a man to be a Catholic to go to heaven or Purgatory. If a man believes and does not have active hatred towards God, he will choose God and, thus, will be rewarded with heaven, or with purgatory to rid oneself of all unforgiveness. No, the devil would not have any chance as your husband would be protected by his Guardian Angel and other angels and saints. They would take him to Mary, and she would present him to Jesus.

You are mistakenly dwelling on the past; the past is dead, it cannot be changed. But the present is alive, with hope for the future. You can do much for your husband by praying for him now because if he is in purgatory, the suffering there is much longer and more arduous than on earth. You can greatly reduce his time in Purgatory, if that is where he is, by praying often, intensively, for him. Your earthly choice to pray and live holily will, when dedicated to him, dramatically raise both his and your spirituality.

We will ask Fr. DeGrandis to say mass for your husband.
Remember what Mary said to several mystics: pray, pray, pray...
Love, Eugene and Chu


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