You feel relief because you know that this place, Purgatory, is a place of cleansing so that one day, you will be with God in Paradise. You know that you are saved even though you burn and are in great pain.
You know that God has gifted you with this place to be purified, otherwise, your judgment would have resulted in hearing the word “Hell” as your final resting place.
You try to pray, but you cannot pray for yourself. You feel sudden relief when you realize a gift is being given to you for a short time. Your family has gathered for your funeral, and there is a Mass being offered for you by a priest. The purifying fire, with its excruciating pain, has ceased for a moment. You feel the blessings for the Mass waft up to you like the fragrant smell of incense burning on the altar of God. Your time in Purgatory has been shortened a bit.
You are grateful for this place, and you thank God you were sent here. You have no idea how much time has passed in this place. You pray for those who pray for you. You pray that others might not commit the same sins you committed. They leave stains on your soul. You regret hurting God. You now understand how great is our God. You pray for your loved ones. The pain is excruciating! Then there is another break in the pain. Someone is praying for you. The mist lifts for a brief moment and you feel relief.
Until you are cleansed, this is the life in Purgatory, except that this place is a place of hope. You know that you will see God, but you want to be cleansed of the traces of sin left on your soul. You want to be perfect when you adore God. You long for God. You hurt because of your intense longings. God is good. Pray for the souls. Pray for yourself.
Eternal Father, I offer You the most Precious Blood of Your Divine Son, Jesus, in union with all the Mass said throughout the world today, in reparation for sins, for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the uninversal Church, those within my own home and within my family. Amen.
Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great that is said to release 1,000 souls from Purgatory everytime it is prayed.
Pray this prayer often!