+JMJ+ This is part of a four-part series for November, the month devoted to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, during which we remember in a special way our loved ones who have gone on ahead, practicing devotions and praying for them. The Holy See extended the indulgences through November because of Covid-19, see notes below for links about that. The Catholic Book of the Month series continues on Thursdays for now. I’m still thinking about a topic for Mondays now that this series is at an end.
In the video below Susan Tassone talks about her injury which led to a healing that certainly seems to have been miraculous. In any case, it left a deep impression on her (hey, no pun intended but I made myself giggle just a little). She talks about a Marian pilgrimage she undertook. (How wonderful that would be.) She went on her pilgrimage out of devotion to the Blessed Mother, not seeking any favor or cure. But after her pilgrimage when she returned home, her leg injury of twelve years was healed.
Then someone gave her some materials, including a popular booklet about Purgatory, Read Me or Rue It, by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan. I may have that booklet here somewhere. You can get a PDF of it for free. I’ll put the link in the notes at the end of the post. I haven’t found the printed book anywhere for a reasonable price, that is. It’s apparently out-of-print and the prices are astronomical for such a wee book.
Video, EWTN Bookmark, Doug Keck interviewing Susan Tassone about her book, Praying with the Saints for Holy Souls in Purgatory
Here’s another article to share with friends who give you a hard time about all those “man-made” teachings that “are not in the Bible.” It’s by Tim Staples. You can read it and share it with your friends–and relatives, too. Just in time for Christmas, right? ;)
This may well be the most common single question I receive concerning our Catholic Faith whether it be at conferences, via email, snail mail, or any other venue. In fact, I’ve answered it twice today already, so I thought I might just blog about it.Is Purgatory in the Bible? by Tim Staples, Catholic Answers, January 17, 2014.
Other articles about Purgatory are linked at the bottom of that Catholic Answers page. Hopefully you’ll find something helpful there.
Thanks for visiting the blog and reading. I pray that you and I will stay holy and virtuous, and help each other to become who the Lord intends us to be: SAINTS. God bless you and may His Peace be always with you. +JMJ+
“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” — 2 Maccabees 12:46, Douay-Rheims Translation, public domain.
“We must empty Purgatory!” — Padre Pio.
Annotated TOC for the Praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory Series
Annotated Table of Contents for all series.
Notes and Links
- Extending the extension: Praying for the dead all through November 2021: “…because of the disruptions due to Covid-19, the Apostolic Penitentiary gave a greater extension for indulgences for the Poor Souls for this November, allowing the faithful to receive a plenary indulgence for visiting a cemetery every day in November, not just November 1-8. The other special indulgence of visiting a church on All Souls’ Day and recite the Our Father and the Creed may be transferred to any other day in November.”
- Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on Plenary Indulgences for the deceased faithful, 28.10.2021.
- Read Me or Rue It, by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan: Free PDF at archive.org. I don’t see a printed one for sale, even TAN is out. They’ve got ten of his pamphlets and books but none of this one. Well, how do ya like that.
- EWTN Bookmark, Doug Keck interviewing Susan Tassone about her book, Praying with the Saints for Holy Souls in Purgatory.
- Is Purgatory in the Bible? by Tim Staples, Catholic Answers.
Image in the banner: An Angel Frees the Souls of Purgatory, Ludovico Carracci, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
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