PRAYING FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY


Saint Catherine of Genoa states in her treatise on Purgatory that “if a soul were brought to see God when it had still a trifle of which to purge itself, a great injury would be done it.” Conversely, “a great happiness is granted to the Holy Souls that grows as they draw nearer God. For every glimpse which can be had of God exceeds any pain or joy a man canfeel. The Holy Souls clearly see God to be on fire with extreme love for them. Strongly and unceasingly this love draws the souls with that uniting look, as though it had nothing else to do but this.” We offer our penances with the hope of giving the Holy Souls such a glimpse of God. Saint Augustine assures us: “It cannot be doubted that the prayers of the Church relieve the Holy Souls, and move God to treat them with more clemency than their sins deserve.” The faithful who during the period of eight days from the Commemoration of All Souls inclusive, visit a cemetery in a spirit of piety and devotion, and pray, even mentally, for the dead, may gain: A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, on each day of the Octave, applicable only to the dead.

Those who make such a visit, and pray for the Holy Souls, on any day of the year, may gain: An indulgence of 7 years, applicable only to the departed. The faithful who devoutly offer prayers at any season of the year in intercession for the souls of the faithful departed, with the intention of so continuing for seven or nine successive days, may obtain: An indulgence of 3 years once each day; A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions at the end of their seven or nine days of prayer. The faithful who recite prayers or perform other devout exercises in supplication for the faithful departed during the month of November may gain: An indulgence of 3 years once on each day of the month; A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if they perform these devotions daily for the entire month.

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