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SnowPigeonsAboveKhumjung3Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)

An Irish nun from St. Albert the Great school in Dearborn, Mich. once told our second grade class that if we said 10 Our Father’s, 10 Hail Mary’s, and 10 Glory Be’s, we would release someone from Purgatory. I imagined how happy I had just made someone whenever I completed the 3 decades of prayer.

I don’t know if she was theologically correct, but the Church does teach that those on earth can pray for the souls in purgatory. Once our life is over, we cannot pray for ourselves. However, God in his mercy, allows us to hasten the entry into heaven of souls in purgatory.

Whenever I write on this topic, inevitably someone argues that there is no Purgatory. The Bible indicates that there is.  Both the Old and New Testament are full of clear references about Purgatory. So if you are inclined to argue this or simply want to learn more, read The Biblical Basis for Purgatory.

Carlo Felice Deasti, Don Bosco, Torino, 1887In the book, Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco, St. Bosco visited Purgatory and learned that whenever we pray for souls there, they can see us.  It’s a nice thought.  The Church teaches that although they cannot pray for themselves, people in Purgatory can pray for others:

“Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 958.

Imagine also the joy of one day meeting a crowd of souls in heaven who were helped there by our prayers.

We can all use more prayers. One day it could be us undergoing the suffering of purification because nothing impure can enter Heaven (Revelation 21:27).  At such a time, we will yearn for the prayers to relieve our suffering and shorten our wait.

I recently joined The Releasers. It’s inspiration to help souls waiting to be freed from suffering.  They will become our eternal friends with power in heaven to help us in ways we never dreamed of.

Here is how to join The Releasers:
  • St Gertrude the Great engraved from the Spanish miraculous Painting. Inscription pointing to heart reads: "Invies me in corde Gertrudis." "You will find me in the heart of Gertrude."

    St Gertrude the Great engraved from the Spanish miraculous Painting. Inscription pointing to heart reads: “Invies me in corde Gertrudis.” “You will find me in the heart of Gertrude.”

    Pray the St. Gertrude prayer as often as you can everyday:

    • “Eternal Father, I offer You the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus Christ, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, those in the Universal Church, in my home, and in my family.”
    • Gertrude showed “tender sympathy towards the souls in purgatory” and urged prayers for them. Our Lord showed St. Gertrude a vast number of souls leaving Purgatory and going to Heaven as a result of this prayer, which the Saint was accustomed to say frequently during the day. (Taken from the booklet Read Me or Rue It by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan.)
  • Offer sacrifices or add to your intentions of the Mass or the Rosary for the RELEASE of all the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
  • Sign up to officially join The Releasers.

Becoming a Releaser reminds to me to pray for those in Purgatory.  I need reminders.  I need inspiration. I need prayers.  Done.


Art: Modification of Snow Pigeon “Columba leuconota” flock at 4800m altitude above Khumjung, near Everest Base Camp, Steve Hicks, 12 April 2007, CCA; San Giovanni Bosco, Italian saint, Carlo Felice Deasti, 1887, PD-US copyright expired; both Wikimedia Commons. Engraving of St Gertrude the Great from “The Life and Revelations of Saint Gertrude, Virgin and Abbess of the Order of St. Benedict“, Burns Oates & Washbourne LTD, London, 1870, PD-old.

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Patti Maguire Armstrong and her husband have ten children. She is an award-winning author and was managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press's Amazing Grace Series. Her newest books are: Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families, a collection of stories to inspire family love, and Dear God, I Don't Get It and the sequel, Dear God, You Can't Be Serious, children's fiction that feeds the soul through a fun and exciting story. Patti's Blog Facebook. Twitter.

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  • Joan

    Thank you Patti for sharing this lovely prayer of St Gertrude. I will write it down and try to learn it by heart.

  • Kathy

    They can see us! How beautiful,,

  • Patti Maguire Armstrong

    Many Catholics do not know that you can release a soul from Purgatory by making a plenary indulgence for them today and every day until Nov. 8 by visiting a cemetery. Learn more:

    • LizEst

      Good reminder. Thanks Patti. God bless you!

  • Patti Maguire Armstrong

    Thanks very much to Spiritual Direction, Dan Burke, and his staff. I just heard from The Releasers that thanks to the readers here, yesterday, over 250 people signed up for their newsletter for inspiration to pray for the souls in Purgatory. What an amazing site and what a blessing the subscribers are.

    • LizEst

      Wonderful! Thanks for letting us know. The Holy Souls are my number one prayer intention of all time!

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