As we enter Heaven, we will see them, so many of them, coming toward us and thanking us. We will ask who they are and they will say: “A poor soul you prayed for in purgatory.” –Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen It is the time of year to think of the deceased. All Souls’ Day is nearing, and the entire month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Are we ready? Are we preparing ourselves for the afterlife? Have we prayed enough for those who have gone before us? Saint John of the Cross was saying, “Divine Providence always provides in every life the purification that is needed to allow us to go straight to Heaven.” Are we headed there? And what have we done for our loved ones? “Every trace of attachment to evil must be eliminated, every imperfection of the soul corrected,” the great John Paul II once said, “Purification must be complete, and indeed this is precisely what is meant by the Church’s teaching on purgatory.”
“One day I asked the Lord, ‘Lord, who else should I pray for?’” said Saint Sister Faustina. “Jesus said that on the following night He would let me know for whom I should always pray for. The following night, I saw my Guardian Angel who asked me to follow him. In a moment I was in a misty place full of fire in which there was a great crowd of suffering souls. They were praying fervently, but to no avail, for themselves; only we can come to their aid.” One day, we will not only see the effect of our prayers but the entire interaction between natural and supernatural, living and dead.