Meditations on the Poor Souls in Purgatory – November 21st

The Alleviations of Purgatory

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Our Lord does not forget the souls that He loves. As at the time of His death He visited Limbo, so He from time to time manifests Himself to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, to comfort and cheer them. What a day of joy must it be for the Holy Souls when their Lord and King vouchsafes, if it be but for a moment, to illumine the dark prison-house with the light of His Divine presence. How they must sigh after Him when He departs, for what joy is there like the joy that comes of the presence of Jesus?
Our Lady, too, comes also with the same merciful design, especially on a Saturday, on her great feasts, and above all, on the feast of the Assumption, when she releases not a few Holy Souls every year, and carries them with her to Heaven. What a delight it must be to them to be thus comforted by the Holy Mother of God! How they must rejoice in having gained this privilege by their devotion to her while they were yet alive!
The Angels, too, are often sent by God to assuage the pains of the suffering souls. Our Lord does not forget the Angel who consoled Him during His Sacred Agony, when He took upon Himself the intolerable weight of the sins of the whole world; and He knows what it is to be suffering for sin that has no hold on the soul, but nevertheless drags it down, like some heavy weight attached to it by the Divine justice. Hence, there are Angels appointed to comfort the Holy Souls, to refresh them amid the devouring flames. Ask your Guardian Angel never to let you fall into sin, that so you may not need his help after life is done.

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The Devout Year by the Rev. R.F. Clarke, S.J.

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