Happy All Souls Day, or Dia de los Muertos, or my birthday. You choose. And, if it’s all too macabre for you, scroll down to the bottom to see what I want for my birthday.
On Kelly’s birthday, she did an awesome, albeit morbid post, and here I am ganking her idea. But, it’s my birthday, and I’ll gank if I want to.
So, what are my final wishes? Let’s start with the trivial:
Turn my blog into book. You really don’t need to publish it; I just want my kids to have it. Learn a bit about their momma. I’ll make sure Mike has my login to do a final post – assuming this thing is still up and running (probably not gonna happen).
Now here is the important stuff:
If possible, make sure I receive Last Rights and a good Confession at some point. I would really appreciate that.
Then, in honor of my mom who was a florist for 20 years, put a beautiful casket spray on my (very cheap) casket. And that is all the flowers I want. No more. There is no need to jazz up the place. I won’t care. But, you know what I will care about? I will care that you have masses said for me instead. Take every dollar that you were going to spend on flowers, and have Gregorian (and regular) Masses said for me. This is important; put that Gregorian thing in my will. Do not forget. Remember: I don’t want more time in purgatory because roses would just really liven up the place. I’m dead.
Also, you need to stay for the Rosary during the wake. Please don’t leave or sneak out before it starts. Just sit and say a Rosary for me.
Next, offer up a St. Gertrude prayer for me. Do it devoutly, please.
And, you’re not done praying yet. Heed the words of Our Lady who asked that we pray very much for the poor souls, and that if we pray these prayers, we will “deliver so many souls, so many souls!” Make me one of those souls by having everyone pray this after my funeral Mass – you know, before anyone hits the road:
5 Apostle’s Creeds
1 Hail, Holy Queen
1 Our Father
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be
My tombstone? A kneeler. Have one made out of concrete or something. Have 2 Mach. 12:46 (the Douay-Rheims version) inscribed on it. I want people to be able to come to my gravesite and pray for my soul. Can you tell I am serious about this prayer thing? And, bonus for you: a plenary indulgence is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead on any day from Nov. 1-Nov. 8. It’s a partial indulgence any other day.
And, when all is said and done, keep me in your prayers. I don’t know how long I will be hanging out in the ol’ purg.
Lest you think I am being a prayer hog: my bday is on All Souls Day; I have always felt called to pray for the poor souls in purgatory. So, for my birthday gift, leave me the names of your departed love ones, and I will pray a rosary for them tonight.
“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. Amen”