Friday, November 15, 2019
Praying for the Faithful Departed
November is traditionally the time to remember to pray for the faithful departed: our family members, friends and strangers. We can have a mass said for someone, pray the Rosary or pray the chaplet of mercy. Purgatory is a state of purification from the guilt of venial sins or the temporal punishment due for mortal sins that have been forgiven in confession.
St. Faustina often had encounters with the souls of the deceased, especially the recently deceased sisters in her own order who asked her for prayers or masses. Sometimes she saw them suffering in flames. Sometimes they would visit her again to thank her for having masses said and praying for them.
Some people go straight to Heaven but many need the purification in Purgatory. Poor souls who die in the state of mortal sin, deadly sin, go to hell for all eternity. There is no use in praying for the souls in hell for they will never escape it.
May the Lord help you pray for the dead today.