From: Mary Zimmerman
I know in my many years of writing I have touched on many topics, Heaven and Hell, but very rarely on Purgatory. For us Catholics, November is the month set aside to especially remember and pray for the souls in Purgatory; however, it would be very beneficial for you to do so daily. You will help them so much through your prayers, masses and sacrifices (big or little) while they in turn will pray for you when they get to Heaven. It’s a win-win situation.
We commemorate All Souls Day every November 2. This is not a holy day, but a day we focus our minds and prayer toward loved ones who are yet in Purgatory. Sometimes they are referred to as “poor souls” or “holy souls.” They are poor in spirit for they so desperately long for Heaven, but in a way they are rich for they are holy enough to someday gain passage to Heaven.
Before I proceed any further, I want to let my Protestant readers and friends know I do not wish to get one the wrong side of you and hope you will read this with an open mind.
Do you think most people’s souls are spotless when they die? Without sin or blemish? Maybe some, but there is still punishment for sin, which is why we go to confession.
The Bible says in 2 Maccabee, chapter 12, verse 46: “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” Our Lord showed St. Gertrude the Great that the following prayer would release a vast number of souls from Purgatory each time it is said: Eternal Father, I offer thee the most precious blood of they Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
In two of the four books I’ve wrote, I touch on Purgatory. “Journey to Heaven,” which I had reprinted along with “Make Room for God,” are available for $6.50 (including postage). I also have a lengthy article on Purgatory in my book, “The Game of Life,” a much larger book I’m thinking of having reprinted as well. If anyone is interested in these, please write to me at Sugar Loaf Senior Living, 765 Menards Road, apartment 338, Winona, Minn., 55987.
Now that I’m thinking of it, I wonder how I found all the time and energy to write four books! I guess when you love what you’re doing it comes easy.
I just finished watching a DVD on an interview with Susan Tassone from EWTN. It contained so much information on Purgatory that I believe I must write more for you in the future. Susan Tassone wrote eight books on Purgatory.
In ending I must request again you, my readers, help me empty Purgatory. The lack of understanding of a thing or place does nothing for us; the truth can set us free.