New Book – Our Souls, They Are Not Dead! has just been released! At Catholic Bookstores and from Amazon.

Requiescat in pace
My maternal great-grandparents, Thomas and Margaret Layer Stander

I am still reeling from the fantastic response to my first book, “The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary” that was released on September 15th, 2017, on the  Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. (Which, by the way, “Thank you to so many who have let me know how much you like the book!”)  But now I am so excited to announce that our second book, “Our Souls, They Are Not Dead”,  was just released Sunday evening, October 22nd. This particular book, dedicated to the Poor Souls in Purgatory, is just that….full of Poems, Prayers, and Promises for the Poor Souls in Purgatory.”  The title is from one of my poems by the same name. This poem is very dear to my heart, and I leave you with it here:

OUR SOULS, THEY ARE NOT DEAD!

In silence late one evening, I found myself alone,

Enjoying for the moment some peacefulness at home.

A steamy cup of coffee with a shot of Irish cream,

Had lulled me into comfort as I drifted off to dream.

The mistiness around me draped my shoulders like a shawl,

While voices so familiar seemed to beckon with a call.

“Pray for us, please pray for us, and offer up your pain.

We need your acts of charity to fall on us like rain.

Please sprinkle holy water, light a candle in our stead,

For we long to see our Savior, our souls, they are not dead!”

Stunned, I peered in silence as I strained to hear each sound,

From the shadows there before me, as I knelt on holy ground.

Daddy? No, my grandpa? Was that my late but dearest aunt?

Did I hear the voice of family in their soft and pleading chant?

“Pray for us, please pray for us, and offer up your pain,

We need your acts of charity to fall on us like rain.

Please sprinkle holy water, light a candle in our stead,

For we long to see our Savior, our souls, they are not dead!”

Their entreaty begged compassion, with a plea for so much prayer,

That I quickly sought the face of God to ask Him then and there,

“For the Souls in Purgatory, dear Father, grant release,

So soon their cries are silenced when at last they dwell in peace.

Still if my dad therein resides or my grandpa and my aunt,

Please take them soon to heaven, of this I ask you grant.”

That is when I made the promise, to pray and not forget,

My family who may need me still to help repay their debt.

Their voices slowly faded, I could barely hear their call.

Quiet darkness overtook me, and I began to fall.

Then with a start I jumped in pain, hot coffee on my pants,

But still it seemed, I heard the sound of Poor Souls as they chant.

“Pray for us, please pray for us, and offer up your pain.

We need your acts of charity to fall on us like rain.

Please sprinkle holy water, light a candle in our stead,

For we long to see our Savior; our souls, they are not dead.”

©2017 Donna Sue Berry    “Our Souls, They Are Not Dead”  Available in paper back and E Book from Amazon or purchase our books here  http://amzn.to/2xY8pc9  or Catholic bookstores Thanks!

Requiescat in Pace
Author’s fraternal great- grandparents, Jeremiah Robert and Bridget Anne Folan Leehan

4 comments

    1. Ohhh thanks, Cindy! Happy you like this particular poem as I was very happy to get to write this one and found it perfect for the book. Just as soon as this first order comes in, I’ll ship a book off to you. Hugs,

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  1. I cannot WAIT to read this newly publIshed book!! From what I have seen so far it will be amazing!! I absolutely love your poetry and like your first book, I am sure this one will not disappoint! So excited! I saw this on Facebook!! -Mel Annie

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    1. Thanks so much, Meleanie!!! That means a lot to me! And yes, book heading your way as soon as my order comes in…(end of this week!) Would be honored and love it if you’d leave a review of both books on Amazon for me. Talk soon!

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