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Molly wrote:

Hi, guys —

A couple years ago my older brother died. It was sudden and the first thing that popped in my mind was a Bible verse that was read at my church earlier that month. I remember reciting it to myself over and over again. It was about praying for those in the moment after their death that those prayers may be of intercessory help when they are standing before God.

Just recently I decided to look up this Bible verse because it is one that I have held near to me since my brother's death but I don't think this verse actually exists. I have looked everywhere for it and cannot find anything remotely similar. It was that verse that helped me keep my faith though that tragic time in my life.

  • Is it possible that God could have planted that verse in my memory to help me keep my faith through that terrible time in my life?

Maybe miracles do exist.


  { Is it possible that God planted that verse in my mind to help me during a terrible time in my life? }

Mike replied:

Hi Molly,

You said:

  • Is it possible that God could have planted that verse in my memory to help me keep my faith through that terrible time in my life?

Sure it is! I myself, at various points in my life, have had certain thoughts and reflections come to my mind based on a current struggle or cross I am dealing with. It's a way that Our Lord manifests His presence in our lives in a quiet, personal way.

When I originally read your question, the first thing that came to my mind was the promise Our Lord gave to St. Faustina about those who recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the hour of their loved one's death and how much Mercy their faithfully-departed loved ones would receive.

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"At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same."

(Our Lord to St. Faustina from her Diary, 811).

I hope this helps,


Bob replied:


What Mike said makes sense since about a month ago was Divine Mercy Sunday and Sister Faustina is associated with it.

You could have any number of recollections that have melded together as far as the Scripture/prayer goes.

  • Did you try going through the missal and checking the readings for the Sunday's in the time frame you heard it?

Your quote sounds like several things run together.


Bob Kirby

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