Not only were we made to live, we were made to die. I think back to the people who lived and walked with Jesus, and I am reminded of my mortality. The Obituary Section of the paper is never empty. There are always names and stories there. I had one ancestor who fought in the Civil War. He’s dead now, along with his wife who outlived him and claimed the benefits due to her after he died. She died 20 years later. My grandparents are dead. My parents are deceased. We were made to live, but, one day, we have to die. There’s no getting out of that. We cannot stay in this world forever. Our real home is in eternity.
Purgatory is full of soon to be saints. The souls in Purgatory suffer greatly as they are purified and made ready for heaven. Once in Purgatory the souls know that they cannot be lost. They long for heaven and the beatific vision, and they know that one day they will be admitted into the greatness of heaven. They are grateful to God for this gift of purification. They rise through the levels until they are brought into heaven. The Blessed Mother goes to comfort her children in Purgatory. They are grateful for her presence. She reminds them to be strong and that people are praying for them.
A soul in Purgatory cannot pray for itself or its release. They can do nothing for themselves. They can only endure the purification of their souls knowing that they will be released from this great suffering. We, the Church Militant on earth, can help the souls in Purgatory. We can pray, offer sacrifices, offer our good works for the Souls who suffer greatly. We can help the Souls who have been forgotten or abandoned by their families. When a soul has no one to pray for it, they continue to suffer. When a Mass is offered for the souls, their sufferings are relived. Each prayer brings them closer to heaven.
One day, with luck, we might be souls in Purgatory. It is then that we will benefit from the prayers of those who are left on earth behind us. Our time of merit will have ended, and we will be grateful for those who remember us, even if not, specifically, by name. We might be a forgotten or abanoned soul. When someone offers a Mass for us, we will be grateful, and we will pray for them. One day, in heaven, we will meet these beautiful souls who have prayed for us.
If you forget, write a note, inscribe on your phone, “Pray for the Souls in Purgatory” You won’t regret that. They will be most grateful.
Eternal Father, I offer you the most Precious Blood of Your Divine Son, Jesus, in union with all of the Masses said throughout the world today, in reparation for sins, for the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those withing my own home and within my family. Amen.
(I add) All praise and honor be to the Precious Blood of Jesus, for it wrought our salvation and our redemption. Amen.
The St. Gertrude Prayer is said to release 1000 souls each time it is prayed.