THE NEED TO PRAY FOR THE DEAD: We can see clearly that
it is not only a wholesome thought to pray for the dead, but
a very important one which is being quite neglected today.
Not only do non-Catholics neglect this practice, but most
Catholics also have come to sorely overlook this necessity.
We have forgotten that the Church consists of three parts
working together: The Church Militant (we, those who fight
daily for our salvation on earth), the Church Suffering (the
Poor Souls in Purgatory), and the Church Triumphant (the Angels
and Saints in Heaven). All three branches of the Church make
up the Mystical Body of Christ and work together to maintain
its foundation. When we, the Church Militant, forget to pray
for our suffering brothers and sisters in Purgatory (the Church
Suffering), we weaken the foundation of the Church.
WHY THE NEED FOR PURGATORY?
Our Protestant brothers and sisters in Christ insist
that there are only two options after death, Heaven and Hell.
I am thankful to be Catholic because it gives me the very
reassuring knowledge that there is another option after death,
one for which most of us should be most grateful: Purgatory.
I would be quite afraid to ever assume that I am pure enough
to go straight to Heaven after death. It is the Mercy of God
which gives humanity a place of purification prior to Heaven:
Purgatory. The need for Purgatory can be explained quite easily
by using an analogy that I’ve used to explain this doctrine
to my young children. It is a suitable analogy for explaining
Purgatory to adults, too. Imagine this: you were invited to
attend a grand ball, a wonderful party, and everyone there
was wearing their finest clothes, had their hair done up beautifully,
had been bathed and were clean and sweet-smelling. The host
of the party answers he door and you are invited to enter.
But you are standing there in horrible rags. Your hair is
tangled and smelly, and you are clean and need a bath. Would
you want to enter into that party? For those who continue
to insist that there is no Purgatory, I ask: What makes you
so sure that you will arrive totally pure, in a sinless state,
at the moment of death and judgment? Aren’t all of us sinners,
daily performing countless small sins which only the eyes
of God can see? Be joyful, then, for a place or purgation
where we can cleanse ourselves of sin prior to entering into
the perfect beauty of Heaven!
THE SAINTS AND PURGATORY:
Through the centuries, Our Lord has granted to many saints
and holy chosen individuals the gift of a charism which allows
one to be visited by the Souls in Purgatory. Among them are
St. Gertrude (who was given a powerful prayer to release souls
from Purgatory that will be given later I this website), St.
Catherine of Genoa, Maryam of Jesus, St. Margaret Mary of
Paray-le-Monial, the Cure of Ars, Blessed Faustina, St. John
Bosco, Maria Simma, and many others. Our Lord grants this
gift in order to increase awareness of the need to pray for
the Pour Souls. These chosen individuals were granted actual
visits from various Souls in Purgatory, who relate information
to them about this place of Purgatory, which remains such
a mystery. Please do not confuse this charism (visits from
the Holy Souls) with the modern new age occult practices of
summoning spirits from the dead (through so-called ‘channeling’,
seances, or other ‘psychic encounters’). The charism of visits
by the Holy Souls is one which the individual has no control
over (i.e. he/she cannot ‘summon’ souls at will with which
WHAT DO THE HOLY SOULS
MOST DESIRE OF US ON EARTH? The most efficacious practice
we can do is to have Masses celebrated for the Holy Souls,
or for a particular soul who has died. Of course, one should
be present at these Masses. Other pious practices which are
beneficial to the Holy Souls are saying the Rosary and making
the Stations of the Cross on behalf of the Poor Souls. We
should never underestimate the value of personal suffering,
whether it be physical, spiritual or temporal. Uniting even
the tiniest suffering, inconvenience or act of mortification
with the sufferings of Jesus and placing them into the hands
of the Blessed Mother on behalf of the Poor Souls is another
very vital way to assist them. Indulgences can be applied
to the dead, so remember the need for indulgenced prayers
Here are other indulgenced practices which
can assist in aiding the Poor Souls on their journey to Heaven:
*Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for at least 1/2 hour
* Reading Holy Scripture for at least 1/2
* A church visit between noon of Nov. 1 and
midnight of Nov. 2 for the intentions of the deceased
*Visiting a cemetery for the intentions of
the deceased Reciting indulgenced prayers is also beneficial.
Here are some of the most common:
*Soul of Christ, Sanctify Me
*Act of Spiritual Communion
*The Creed *Litanies (of the Most Holy Name
of Jesus, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Most Precious Blood
of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, or of the
* The Magnificat
* The Memorare
* Psalm 51
* Salve Regina ("Hail Holy Queen")
* Veni Creator ("Come, Holy Spirit...")
You can read many of these prayers in classic
Catholic prayer books. A complete list of indulgenced prayers
can be found in the THE BOOK OF INDULGENCES. Another simple
prayer that is very efficacious for the poor souls is "Jesus,
Mary, I Love You, Save Souls"
These words were spoken by Jesus to Sister
M. Consolata. Jesus said,"Think - one act of love can determine
eternal happiness for a soul. Therefore, be careful never
to omit one "Jesus,Mary I Love You, Save Souls. Every act
of love is a soul." Put together all virtuous acts of today
that you can perform, and put them beside a day uninterrupted
in acts of love - and I will take the love-filled day in preference
to anything else you have done or offered Me. Jesus, Mary,
I Love You, Save Souls" Herewith you offer Me everything."
This short prayer, "Jesus, Mary, I love you, save souls" has
the Imprimatur and even a Partial Indulgence! (Turin 10/1/48
Cardinal Fossari, Archbishop - Nihil Obstat:Dr. a Cottier,
Censor Libr. Also, L. Waeber, Vic.Gen Friburgi Helv. 20 Sept.
There is also a beautiful leaflet called "The
Holy Souls Will Repay Us a Thousand Times Over, " which states,
"When they are finally released from their pains and enjoy
the beatitude of Heaven, far from forgetting their friends
on earth, their gratitude knows no bounds.Prostate before
the Throne of God they never cease to pray for those who have
helped them. By their prayers they shield their friends from
the dangers and protect them from the evils that threaten
them. They will never cease these prayers until they see their
benefactors safely in Heaven. If Catholics only knew what
powerful protectors they secure by helping the Holy Souls
they would not be so remiss in praying for them. Another great
grace that Holy Souls obtain for their helpers is a short
and easy Purgatory, or possibly its COMPLETE remission. (Imprimatur:
Herbert Cardinal Vaughan).
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS
* Although Purgatory can be quite painful
in a spiritual way, there is great joy there, because the
souls are assured of their salvation.
* The Souls in Purgatory decides to go there
(God does not ‘send them there’), as they wish to be purified
and cleansed before entering Heaven.
* Our Lady visits the Souls in Purgatory
often to console them and give them encouragement. The Souls
refer to her as Mother of Mercy.
* Humility on earth is one of the greatest
ways to deflect evil and lessen our stay in Purgatory.
* A single act of charity done in pure love
can cover a multitude of sins and decrease significantly our
stay in Purgatory!
* For as long as we are living on earth we
can repair for the evil we have done. We can no longer gain
such merits in Purgatory.
* Sufferings on earth are the greatest proof
of the love of God, and, if we offer them well, they can win
* We should give all sufferings to Our Lady,
as She is the one who best knows which soul(s) is in most
need of the offering in order to be saved.
* Only when we achieve Heaven will we see
the number of souls that were saved by accepting our sufferings
on earth with patience and uniting them for the Poor Souls
with the sufferings of Christ.
* The Souls in Purgatory do not rebel because
they are there, but rather they wish to be purified and understand
* A person can ask the Lord for permission
to offer up particular sufferings in order to do their Purgatory
on earth and not after death.
* A soul who is condemned to Hell chooses
this and openly rejects God at the moment of judgment.
* The use of Holy Water disturbs the devil
very much and he immediately flees from wherever it is used.
As members of the Church Militant, it is critical
for us to re-instate the pious practice of praying for the
Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Holy Souls cannot pray for themselves,
but can intervene in miraculous ways to pray for us and our
needs and intentions in return. Each soul brought into God’s
Kingdom by the prayers and actions we perform on their behalf
while on earth will be our friend forever in Heaven! They
will continue to pray and intercede for us in a most powerful
way when they join the company of Heaven and joyously become
part of the Church Triumphant.
Please pray this prayer
before leaving this website! It was revealed to St. Gertrude
the Great by Our Lord, and he promised to release 1,000 souls
from Purgatory when it is recited with love and devotion!
Prayer to Release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory Eternal Father,
I offer You the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus,
in union with all the Masses being said throughout the world
today for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere,
those in the Universal Church, in my home and within my family.
Amen. (revealed to St. Gertrude the Great) Thank you! The
Poor Souls thank you, too!
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