Praying for the Faithful Departed cont.
When our loved ones die but were unable to atone properly for their sins, they have to be cleansed before they can enter heaven (Rev. 21:27). Because of God’s love and Mercy for us, he allows us to spend this period of purification in a place called purgatory. Scripture tells us that God desires everyone to be saved (1Tim.2:4). It is this state of purgatory that offers hope for eternal life.
We, as the living, have the ability to grant those in purgatory tremendous relief by offering fasts, alms, prayers, i.e., The Rosary, Acts of Reparation, The Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity, The Stations of the Cross, and The Sacrifice of the Mass, etc., in suffrage for them. However many are not doing so because they do not realise that they have this power to help those in purgatory, nor that there is a spiritual treasury of the Church available for them to relieve those souls. Let us always pray for our faithful departed especially during this month of November dedicated to the souls in purgatory.