The Souls in Purgatory Depend on Our Prayers

“It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins” (2 Mac 12:46).

On November 1st we celebrated the feast of All Saints.  On this day we looked to all who have been found worthy and have achieved the Beatific Vision.  It particularly honors those who stand gloriously before Almighty God but have not been recognized formerly by the canonization process of the Church. This most certainly means most of the elect.  The Church acknowledges the sanctity of certain people so that they can stand as examples to the faithful.  Those who lived quiet, holy lives out of the public eye, in monasteries or in private homes are also honored and implored on this day.

On November 2nd we celebrate All Souls Day.  Catholic teaching calls us to pray for all deceased as if they are in purgatory.  If a soul is in heaven, or sadly in hell, our prayers will be directed elsewhere, the former not needing them and the latter not able to benefit from them.  But the merits of any prayers or good works do not go to waste.  The Holy Souls in purgatory depend on our prayers because they are unable to help themselves. They rely totally on our prayers and especially the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

At Fatima the children were told that Amelia, the young girl who had died, would be in purgatory until the end of time.  Did Our Lady mean that she would definitely be there that long, or could be if no one prayed for her?  I believe that it was the latter and Our Lady was directing us to remember the Holy Souls.  On this special feast in the Church let us remember the Holy Souls, especially those who have no one to pray for them.  They are saved and will soon stand before the throne of the Almighty.  They will not forget those who helped to deliver them.  Ingratitude has never entered heaven. 

 The prayer of St. Gertrude is said to be a great relief to them:

“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.” (Approval and recommendation: M Card. Pahiarca at Lisbon, Portugal March 4, 1936).

Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.


David M Carollo

Executive Director



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