Sunday, July 12, 2009

Secrets Revealed, Little Known Purgatory Fact!

Shockingly Most Catholics Don't Realize
The Holy Souls Obtain Graces For Us.

Cardinal Bellarmine observes that we may well believe that the souls in Purgatory pray and obtain graces for us, since the rich man in hell prayed for his brothers, although he suffered much more than they suffer in Purgatory. And Francisco Suarez, S.J., who praises this opinion as pious and probable, confirms it by these words:
"The souls in Purgatory can pray for those who earnestly implore their deliverance of God, and who endeavour to obtain it by good works. For their prayers can but be useful to those persons whom they do not know, but whom God knows. Nothing then prevents them from begging God to assist these persons in necessity, to forgive their offenses, to preserve them from temptations, etc."

This is therefore another reason for believing that our good works applied to the dead have more power to draw down on us great gifts from heaven. For although the dead may not know in particular who we are, nor of what we stand in need, they can always recommend their benefactors to God, and implore Him to give them what they desire for His glory and for their salvation. " It is, in fact," says Suarez " a duty of charity and gratitude; why then should they refuse to acquit themselves of it? We have then," concludes the same Doctor, " a holy and real reason for doing good to the souls in Purgatory, so that we may have a greater share in their prayers."

Taken from The Twelve Months Sancified by Prayer: November, by Fr. Antoine Ricard D.S.G.

Originally posted by Joseph, Good Jesuit; Bad Jesuit


Shirley said...

I have a wonderful pocket-sized book called Purgatorian Manual, containing readings, prayers, and practices beneficial to the holy souls. I have made it my life work to benefit the Souls in Purgatory, and daily offer my indulgences, prayers, works, rosaries, etc. for them. One can offer Communion for them, alms and works of charity for them, and make the Heroic Act of Charity for them. St. Alphonsus Liguori says,"He who assists these distressed souls, so tenderly loved by God,may confidently hope for his salvation; for, when such a soul obtains deliverance through your prayers and good works, it incessantly prays for your salvation, and God will deny nothing to such a soul.
Good thing, because I need all the help I can get!!!

John Michael said...

Thank you for your post and reminder, Shirley. You remind me of my wife.

May our devotion to the Holy Souls increase!

God bless you,

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