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Association of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

ASSOCIATION OF THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY

 

HOLY MASS FOR THE HOLY SOULS.

Though the Holy Souls cannot merit for themselves, they can obtain for us great graces. They are not, formally speaking, intercessors as the saints are but, through the sweet providence of God, they can obtain for us outstanding favours and deliver us from evils, sickness and dangers of every kind.   -St. Alphonsus Ligouri

Devotionally and liturgically the dead have always been honored during the Eucharistic Mass, with many individual Masses, being offered for the repose of a particular soul we remember, all those faithful departed that have gone before us. Each year in the Church’s calendar we also commemorate all the faithful departed on November 2nd during All Souls and the month of November is given in a special way to remembering and praying for the dead.  We should also be reminded that it is our solemn duty, one of the Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy to pray for the living and the dead.

We know that the existence of a state of purgation is real as it is defined as a dogma of the Catholic Church (Councils of Florence and Trent); it is obligatory for all Catholics to believe and accept this fact. Also, the Church Councils defined that the souls in purgatory are able to be assisted by the faithful on earth (ourselves) by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

It's understood that the souls undergoing this purification may benefit from the prayers of the living, but that the opportunity of grace to pray for their own relief has passed.

Just as a prisoner who awaits his trial - may be released from jail by a friend who pays the cost of his bail.  So we may help to gain the release of a holy soul from the prison of his suffering.  It's considered a great act of spiritual mercy by the Church to pray for the dead.

Catechism:
1030
 - All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. 

1031 - The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.

"But if someone's work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire."  (I Cor 3:15)

"That the trial of your faith (much more precious than gold which is tried by the fire) may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the appearing of Jesus Christ:"  (1 Peter 1:7) 

http://www.sufferingsouls.com

The length of time souls are detained in Purgatory depends on the number of their faults:

  1. The malice and deliberation with which these have been committed;
  2. The penance done, or not done,
  3. The satisfaction made, or not made for sins during life;
  4. Much, too, depends on the suffrages offered for them.

WHY SUCH LENGTHY EXPIATION?

The reasons are not difficult to find:

The malice of sin is very great. What appear to us small faults are in reality serious offenses against the infinite goodness of God. It is enough to see how the Saints wept over their faults. We are weak, it may be urged. That is true, but then God offers us abundant graces to strengthen our weakness, gives us light to see the gravity of our faults, and the necessary force to conquer temptation. If we are still weak, the fault is all our own. We do not use the light and strength God so generously offers us; we do not pray, we do not receive the Sacraments as we should.

Our Lord tells us that we shall have to render an account for each and every idle word we say and that we may not leave our prison until we shall have paid the last farthing. (Cf. Matt. 5:26.)

The Saints committed few and slight sins, and still they sorrowed much and did severe penances. We commit many and grave sins, and we sorrow little and do little or no penance.

“I saw my Guardian Angel, who ordered me to follow him. In a moment I was in a misty place full of fire in which there was a great crowd of suffering souls. They were praying fervently, but to no avail, for themselves; only full of fire in which there was a great crowd of suffering souls. They were praying fervently, but to no avail, for themselves; only we can come to their aid. The flames, which were burning them, did not touch me at all. My Guardian Angel did not leave me for an instant. I asked these souls what their greatest suffering was. They answered me in one voice that their greatest torment was longing for God. I saw Our Lady visiting the souls in Purgatory. The souls call Her “The Star of the Sea”. She brings them refreshment. I wanted to talk with them some more, but my Guardian Angel beckoned me to leave. We went out of that prison of suffering. [I heard an interior voice which said] ‘My mercy does not want this, but justice demands it. Since that time, I am in closer communion with the suffering souls.” (Diary of St. Faustina)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Association of the Holy Souls

THE CONDITIONS FOR JOINING THE ASSOCIATION OF THE HOLY SOULS ARE THE FOLLOWING:

1.Have your name registered in the book of the holy souls in the Monastery Pius xii.  Once your name is enrolled, there is no need to enroll again.  

2.Hear Mass once a week (Sunday suffices) for the Holy Souls, and pray for and promote devotion to the Holy Souls.

3.Contribute once a year (amount determined by you) to the mass fund, to enable the perpetual daily masses celebrated for the holy souls.  You may send your first offering at the time you enroll.

4.If you desire individual/special masses for the holy souls, please indicate the exact number of masses that you wish to have celebrated.

5.The stipened for each mass is $20.00 (DOLLARS US). 

6.ENROLLMENTS MUST BE DONE BY INDIVIDUAL FOR HIMSELF/HERSELF ALONE.  IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO SEND ENROLLMENTS FOR OTHERS.

7.SEND YOUR OFFERING IN THE FORM OF CHECK OR MONEY ORDER.

8.PLEASE PRINT YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS ON ALL CORRESPONDENCE.  PLEASE NOTIFY THE ASSOCIATION OF THE HOLY SOULS FOR ANY CHANGE OF ADDRESS.

9.DUE TO POSTAL DELAYS, USUALLY 4-6 WEEKS FROM THE TIME YOU SEND YOUR ENROLLMENT TO RECEIVE THE REPLY.  


 

To join the “Association of the Holy Souls in Purgatory” please mail the enrollment form to the address below: (Note: A sacrificial donation is requested to cover the cost of printing and publications + each Holy Mass stipened is $20.00.)

Mother Prioress, O. P.
The Association of the Holy Souls
Monastery Pius XII
Rua do Rosario, 1
2495-444 Fatima, Portugal

Please enroll me in the Association of the Holy Souls: (PLEASE PRINT)

NAME:__________________________________________

ADDRESS:________________________________________________________________________________________

CITY:________________________________STATE:_________ZIP CODE:________

DONATION FOR PRINTING/PUBLICATION: $__________

NO. OF MASSES______________

+ MASS STIPENED: $______________

TOTAL CHECK OR MONEY ORDER:  $______________________

 

 

 
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