A month to pray for the souls in purgatory
Even though purgatory is according to the Catholics faith, many of them do not believe in it.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a “purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the Joy of heaven,” which is experienced by those “who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified”. It notes that “this final purification of the elect…is entirely different from the punishment of the damned” (CCC 1030,1081)
If those who are truly repentant die in charity before they have done sufficient penance for their sins of omission and commission, their souls are cleansed after death in purgatorial or cleansing punishments . . . The suffrages of the faithful on earth can be of great help in relieving these punishments, as, for instance, the Sacrifice of the Mass, prayers, almsgiving, and other religious deeds which, in the manner of the Church, the faithful are accustomed to offer for others of the faithful. Let us think in this way – Let us examine how much sacrifice we take and do in helping our those dear ones who are alive now suffering with illnesses, prison life, poverty and many other complexities of life.
Theologians commonly hold, with St. Robert Bellarmine, that in some way the pains of purgatory are greater than those on earth. Once we realize this fact, we will definitely start praying and helping them.
Fathers on Purgatory
We do not know for certain how intense are the pains in purgatory. St. Thomas Aquinas held that the least pain in purgatory was greater than the worst in this life.
Augustine said, in The City of God, that temporary punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by other after death, by other both now and then;but all of them before that last and strictest judgement”. It is between the particular and general judgements, then, that the soul is purified of the remaining consequences of sin.
It is one thing, tortured by long suffering for sins, to be cleansed and long purged by fire; another to have purged all sins by suffering. It is one thing, in fine, to be in suspense till the sentence of God at the day of judgment; another to be at once crowned by the Lord" - Cyprian of Carthage
So, let us remember and pray for those souls in purgatory especially in this month and continually afterwards too, both for our dear ones and also for those many thousands of souls who are not there to remember and pray for them. Thereby they will be merited from our faithful prayers which may enable them to get some relief from their punishments.
We pray, let Holy Spirit encourage everyone for this along with Holy Mary’s Perpetual Help. Hallelooia. Amen.