Fr Stefan Reflection on All Souls Day

Ask the souls in purgatory to pray for you.

Padre Pio says, “the prayers of the souls in purgatory are very powerful because they are united with the suffering of these souls.” St Catherine of Genoa said that, “she received more prayers answered from the souls in purgatory than from the saints in heaven.”

I can easily see why St Catherine said this about receiving more from the prayers of the souls in purgatory than from the prayers of the saints in heaven.

Catholics are 21 percent of the world populations. That means 79 percent of the world is not Catholic. With few exceptions Catholics are the only one who see the need to pray for the souls in purgatory.

58 thousand people die in the world every day. That means that the vast majority of these people have no one praying for them after death.

We believe as Catholics that the souls in purgatory are unable to pray for themselves but they can pray for us. We read in paragraph 958 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their prayers for us effective.”

The souls in purgatory don’t have the clear vision that the souls in Heaven have. So it seems that our prayers for them make it possible for them to pray for us.

Because so few people pray for the souls in purgatory, I think they are so eager to pray for us and our intentions.

At the mass for the healing of the family tree after we pray for the members of our family who have fallen asleep in death, we ask them to now pray for us.

Padre Pio said, “So Many souls in purgatory climbed the mount to make their way to his masses.” Why because Padre Pio was devoted to helping the souls in purgatory and they in turn are eager to pray for him and his intentions.

Again, “Our prayers for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.”

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