Purgatory & Praying For The Holy Souls
This is a special time of year to pray for our dearly departed. In fact, there are graces attached to visiting a cemetery and praying for the Holy Souls.
The souls in Purgatory are assured of salvation. They've died in God's grace and friendship, and will end up in heaven. But they're not yet in a full state of holiness — the holiness that's necessary to behold God "face to face" in heaven. (Catechism, 1030)
Judgment awaits us all. Do we think about that enough? The FEWness of the saved?
Purgatory is like a purifying fire burning inside a person, a painful experience of regret for one's sins, Pope Benedict XVI said. "A soul stained by sin cannot present itself to God,"
Pray for the dead and the dead will pray for you.
Eternal Father, by virtue of your generosity and love, I ask that you accept all my actions and that you multiply their value in favor of every soul in Purgatory.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.