Tuesday, November 29, 2011

St. John Vianney on the Holy Souls in Purgatory

                                    "Angel helping souls in Purgatory," Notre Dame de Benva, France

The Church traditionally devotes the month of November to prayer and sacrifice on behalf of the holy souls in Purgatory.  Here is St. John Vianney on Purgatory and the practice of praying for souls in purgatory:

"I come to tell you that they suffer in Purgatory, that they weep, and that they demand with urgent cries the help of your prayers and your good works. I seem to hear them crying from the depths of those fires which devour them: "Tell our loved ones, tell our children, tell all our relatives how great the evils are which they are making us suffer. We throw ourselves at their feet to implore the help of their prayers. Ah! Tell them that since we have been separated from them, we have been here burning in the flames!"

"We must say many prayers for the souls of the faithful departed, for one must be so pure to enter heaven." 

St. John Vianney, pray for us.

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