This month we remember all the holy souls suffering in purgatory. Here is Saint Gertrude’s prayer for the Holy Souls; Jesus has promised that 1000 souls will be released from purgatory every time this prayer is said!
“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home and within my family.”
And I just wanted to share a thought I found interesting from CatholicKingdom.com:
~ . . .But there is another aspect of Purgatory that people do not realize. It is not God at all that sends us to Purgatory, we do it ourselves – willingly. Besides the obvious reason that it is our sins that send us there, there is another reason. If a soul was able to go to Heaven with stains on their soul and not go to Purgatory, it would not be Heaven for them at all. It would be more painful for that soul to be in the presence of God with the slightest mark on their soul, then for them to be in the very depths of Purgatory. Without that “wedding garment,” we ourselves would shun the presence of God until we had purified ourselves unto perfection. And then, shining like the sun, we would run into our Heavenly Father’s arms, blissfully happy for all of eternity.
~ Catholic Kingdom, be sure to check out this site! http://catholickingdom.com/Cathedral/Poor%20Souls/Poor_Souls_page.html