Dear Beloved Blog Followers,
This is essentially an updated post from last year. I want everyone to be aware of these resources for the poor souls in your life that may be in Purgatory. Hopefully, we can help these souls so they can enter into Heaven this month!
Firstly, only during the month of November, if you pray the Flame of Love Hail Mary, 10 poor souls are released into Heaven every time it is recited (other months, 3 Flame of Love Hail Marys releases one poor soul when prayed). Imagine if you did an entire Rosary! The Flame of Love Hail Mary is an approved prayer by the Catholic Church in Hungary. Here is the special prayer and a link to find out more information about its origin:
“Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee, blessed are Thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all of humanity, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”
More Information: Flame of Love Hail Mary
Next, according to tradition, St. Gertrude the Great was told by Our Lord that the following prayer, when piously recited, would release 1,000 souls from their suffering in Purgatory:
I offer You the most precious blood
of thy Divine Son, Jesus,
in union with the Masses said
throughout the world today,
for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory,
for sinners everywhere,
for sinners in the universal Church,
for those in my own home,
and in my family. Amen.”
Next, I have been a member of the lay association, Friends of the Suffering Souls (FOSS), for about 15 years. The only obligation of members is to arrange one Holy Mass each year as part of their perpetual 100 daily Masses for the poor souls and FOSS members. Periodically, they email newsletters about Purgatory and miracle stories of members in the association. I suggest everyone join and you can also join other people (living and deceased) so they can receive spiritual benefit of the perpetual Masses, too.
Friends of the Suffering Souls (FOSS)
Next, if you have any deceased souls (and living souls) who need the benefit of Masses, you can enroll them for free into the Purgatory Project, which is an online Registry of the Dead. 100 Masses are arranged each year for all the souls on the Registry. Sometimes, I will enroll deceased souls I read about in the daily news, so they can be taken care of. Below is the website address. Please note, the older site finally went to Heaven in mid-September, so the new website looks different, but it is the same organization with the same intention of 100 Masses each year.
Purgatory Project – Holy Souls – Online Registry of the Dead
Next, although there are many fine organizations, whenever I need to arrange Masses, especially 30 Gregorian Latin Masses, for deceased souls, I use this Franciscan missionary organization, Seraphic Mass Association. They also do individual Masses and Novena of Masses. For those wondering, it is by tradition that if 30 Gregorian Latin Masses are said for a particular soul, at the end of the last Mass, the poor soul is released into Heaven. I can personally vouch for the truth of this tradition. In the past, I have had a series of Latin Masses said for three different poor souls and each time I received spiritual confirmation that the poor soul was released into Heaven, including my dad who entered Heaven on Good Friday 2013. I cannot guarantee that God will provide you a heavenly sign for confirmation, but of course, it never hurts to ask!
Seraphic Mass Association
Next, if you would like to read some heavenly messages about Purgatory, Holy Love Ministries (http://www.holylove.org), has two books–-one in English and another in Spanish, that are free to read online, save for offline, and to print out. Here are the links to the PDFs:
Holy Love – Purgatory (English) (68 pages)
Holy Love – Purgatory (Spanish) (64 pages)
Next, Direction For Our Times, Jesus Christ The Returning King (http://www.directionforourtimes.com), has a short 24-page online PDF booklet called, “Heaven Speaks To Those Who Fear Purgatory”. It contains heavenly messages from various Saints. I also recommend people purchase the book, Mist of Mercy, which has many spiritual insights into the state of Purgatory, based on the visits of visionary, Anne.
Free eBooklet: “Heaven Speaks To Those Who Fear Purgatory”
Next, if you would like to read online for free a good short book on Purgatory, here is a link to a classic book on the subject. It is called, “Read Me or Rue It”, by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan, and includes many heavenly messages that give insights into the state of poor souls.
“Read Me or Rue It” by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan
Finally, here is a short article called, “The Secret of the Poor Souls in Purgatory”. It is an interview with the now-deceased Austrian mystic, Maria Simma, who suffered for and had many encounters with the poor souls. It provides a lot of information on the subject.
“The Secret of the Poor Souls in Purgatory”
UPDATE 4/28/18: Here are blog resources for the dying as well: