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Our sins, even after they have been forgiven, deserve a temporal punishment which has to be undergone in this life, or after death in Purgatory, which is where those souls go who die in a state of grace, but without having made full satisfaction for their sins. Moreover, after its reconciliation with God, there are still left in the soul the remains of sin; a weakness of the will to abide in good. There will remain also a certain facility for making wrong judgements; a certain disorder in the sensual appetite...

—Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God, Vol. II, pg. 213

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Cardinal Radsinger) in his book Eschatology, refers to the permanent content of the doctrine of purgatory

The permanent part, i.o.w. dogmatic, refers to the purification of the soul made capable of full union with God. Purgatory is Dogma, but defined in Catholic Doctrine.

—Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life

As faithful Catholics (The Church Militant) we are obligated, by charity, to pray for the Holy Souls (The Church Suffering), most effective to this end are the first eight days of November (see Indulgence #13), we hope you will find our work useful to that purpose and share and teach others, most especially children!

How to pray the 30–Day Devotion

Each day has a unique intention for a category or group of Holy Souls who still have some attachment to sin, but died in a state of grace and now suffering in Purgatory. Each daily meditation is comprised of four parts;

— Daily Meditation
— de Profundis (Psalm 129/130)
— Daily Prayer
— St Gertrude Prayer

Daily Meditation: The meditations are a treasury of personal experiences with or about the Holy Souls, many wonderful treatises and other writings from the Church Fathers and various Saints.

de Profundis: Psalm 129/130 takes its name from the first two words of the psalm in Latin. The rule of St Benedict, established in 530, assigned the de Profundis to be recited at the beginning of the vespers service on Tuesday, followed by Psalm 131. It is a penitential psalm that is also sung in commemoration of the dead. A partial indulgence (the remission of a portion of punishment for sin) can be recieved each time we pray this Psalm. (we can we pray this Psalm to express our sorrow as we prepare for the Sacrament of Confession)

Daily Prayer: Each weekday has a specific prayer for the Holy Souls, daily prayers for all days can be accessed from the view

St Gertrude Prayer: The Prayer of St Gertrude, is one of the most famous of the prayers for souls in purgatory. St. Gertrude the Great was a Benedictine nun and mystic who lived in the 13th century. According to tradition, our Lord promised her that one-thousand souls would be released from purgatory each time it is said devoutly.

This meditation was developed for use with an iPad and iPhone, and is available from Apple Appstore. You can enjoy the App on your personal device, set customized Reminders and more.

We urge you to pray this august devotion for the Holy Souls—every day!

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