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Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Saints on Purgatory

from The Seven Dolors of Mary - The Holy Souls in Purgatory

St. Jean Vianney, The Cure' of Ars (1786-1859)
"We must say many prayers for the souls of the Faithful Departed, for one must be so pure to enter Heaven!"

Our Lord to Sr. Mary Martha Chambon:
"When you offer My Holy Wounds for sinners, you must not forget to do so for the souls in Purgatory, as there are but few who think of their relief...."

Our Lord to Sr. Mary Martha Chambon:
"The Holy Wounds are the treasure of treasures for the souls in Purgatory"

St. John Chrysostom referring to Jesus present in the Holy Eucharist:
"Not in vain do we at the holy mysteries make mention of the departed, and draw near on their behalf, beseeching the Lamb who is lying on the altar, who took away the sin of the world."

St. Augustine of Hippo:
"Though this fire is destined to cleanse and purify the soul, still it is more acute than anything we could possibly endure on Earth."

St. Cyril of Alexandria:
"It would be preferable to suffer all the possible torments of Earth until the Judgment Day than to pass one day in Purgatory."

Pope Benedict XV:
"The Holy Mass would be of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetimes, rather than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after death."

St. Catherine of Genoa wrote:
"God inspires the soul in Purgatory with so ardent a movement of devoted love that it would be sufficient to annihilate her were she not immortal. Illumined and inflamed by this pure charity, the more she loves God, the more she detests the least stain that displeases him, the least hindrance that prevents her union with him."

Our Lord to St. Gertrude the Great:
"My love urges Me to release the poor souls. If a beneficent king leaves his guilty friend in prison for justice's sake, he awaits with longing for one of his nobles to plead for the prisoner and to offer something for his release. Then the king joyfully, sets him free. Similarly, I accept with highest pleasure what is offered to Me for the poor souls, for I long inexpressibly to have near Me those for whom I paid so great a price.

By the prayers of thy loving soul, I am induced to free a prisoner from purgatory as often as thou dost move thy tongue to utter a word of prayer!"
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