While All Souls’ Day is fresh in our minds …

I really liked Fr Sam’s post on the holy souls and purgatory.

He reminds us that

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1030-1031)  teaches: All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire.

But then he goes to say [my emphasis]:

This is a dogma of the Church and the teaching of Christ.  There are some who deny this teaching, but this is usually because of a lack of faith and a loss of the sense of sin, but what is easily forgotten are our brothers and sisters, real living persons in purgatory, neglected by our foolish doubt and inattentiveness.

Read his whole post here.

By tradition, the whole month of November in the Church is especially dedicated to prayer for the holy souls in purgatory.  Let’s not neglect them!