Meditations on the Poor Souls in Purgatory – November 22nd

How to Avoid Purgatory

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There are few who might not avoid Purgatory if they were only willing to adopt the requisite means. These means are:
1. A spirit of charity to others, and of self-denying charity. Charity shall hide a multitude of sins, and it will hide them in such a way that they shall be entirely blotted out, leaving behind them no debt of punishment still due. Our Lord has promised that what measure we mete out to others, the same shall be measured to us again. If we mete out to others a perfect charity. God will mete out to us a complete remission of our sins in the particular judgment without a trace of penalties to be suffered in the flames of Purgatory.
2. A spirit of great generosity to the poor for Christ’s sake. God is always generous to those who deal generously with others; and almsgiving carries with it wonderful rewards. There appears to be an allusion to Purgatory in the words of Holy Scripture that alms deliver the almsgiver from sin, and will not suffer the soul to go into darkness; and in the precept, “Give alms of thy goods, and never turn away thy face from any poor man, so shall not the face of the Lord be turned away from thee.” Am I really generous to the poor?
3. A spirit of great compassion for the suffering souls who are now in Purgatory. If we desire to escape Purgatory, we must help to pay the debt of others. We must aid many on the road to Heaven, if we desire to travel the same road without being detained on the way. Here, too, God will deal with us as we have dealt with others. What do I do for the Holy Souls?
Pray God to teach you how to avoid Purgatory!

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

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