Praying with the Saints for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
by Susan Tassone
Our Sunday Vistor ©2009
“The souls in purgatory are silent voices that beg and implore our help. They suffer day and night 24/7, 365 days a year, without any relief.”
The tradition of offering up prayers for the souls in purgatory is an ancient one. Faithful Jews prayed for the deceased and there are inscriptions in the early Christian catacombs testifying to the practice of asking for prayers for the departed.
This small book, dedicated to the author’s own ancestors, answers numerous questions about the practice of praying for, and with, the holy souls in purgatory. In a simple question and answer format, Susan Tassone presents the Church Suffering in a way that will inspire you to begin a new approach to your prayers.
The cover art, by Jed Gibbons, is a beautiful representation of what is in store for the reader. By using Church teachings and the writings of Saints, Tassone stresses the value that our prayers for the dead have:
“Souls must undergo purification necessary for heaven, and they beg for our prayers, suffrages, and good works. Their time of personal merit is up. They can do nothing — nothing — for their deliverance. . . . They depend entirely on our charity. Are we listening?”
But, this value is not just for the dead, but for the living as well:
“It is impossible to describe the gratitude the holy souls feel for those who help them. Filled with immense desire to repay the favors done them, they pray for you with a fervor so great, so intense, so constant, that God refuses them nothing.”
Many saints have had first-hand experiences with purgatory and the holy souls. Tassone has collected the fascinating stories of over 25 saints and blesseds regarding purgatory. These stories will inspire you to join your prayers with those of the saints and become “Apostles of Purgatory.” To assist you in your new mission of prayer, Tassone has even included a section of prayers and devotions for various seasons of the year. This is a wonderful addition to any Catholic library.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
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