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A month to mention purgatory

Just came across another good post about purgatory …

check it out here.


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!


I suppose if people think that souls automatically and immediately go to heaven, then speaking about purgatory is a waste of time.  In fact, it seems that some people have difficulty even saying the word ‘purgatory,’ and then only to make some disparaging remark about this aspect of God’s love and mercy.

Even if someone has led a very virtuous life, how can we be so absolutely certain that they have fully “paid” the temporal punishment due to sin?  I’m not sure, when the moment comes, I’d be able to say it of myself, so how could I possibly say it of another person?

I can only plead, therefore, that when I die, people observe the Catholic practice of praying for me: that if I be “in purgatory” that this purification may be speedily accomplished.  The best way we can pray for the holy souls in purgatory is to have Mass offered for them.  We can also apply indulgences to them, not to mention offering our daily prayers and sacrifices for them.

Thanks to Psallite Sapienter for these timely thoughts!


The holy souls and purgatory

Some people seem to be a bit shy about talking about the holy souls, and purgatory.  I don’t know why!

My colleague and friend, the Canonical Codemonkey, has a nice post about this topic: Purgatory, hauntings and All Souls Day.

The Canonical Codemonkey is new to the blogosphere too, so why not go and check out his blog?!