Originally Posted by Bearontherun
What a blessing it is to have this knowledge. I didn't realize that souls in purgatory are believed to be able to intercede for us. Thanks so much for that post, Karenanna!
There are many proofs that the Souls in Purgatory can obtain favours for their benefactors, while they are still in the flames of Purgatory
. Someone argued with me about that. I showed him all the proof, but to little avail. He ended up by saying something like this. Well then if they can intercede for us, their intercession must be very weak (i.e. not worth seeking!)
The facts available from the many cases throughout the centuries say otherwise.
You will see from the following that there their intercession could hardly be called weak.
First of all I will start with a quote:
St Theresa of Avila (Spain) said that "She always obtained the favours which she asked from God, through the intercession of the Poor Souls in Purgatory.
The following testimony was sent to me to publish on my website. It is from a lady in New York.
Car that was completely "dead" is now running well
Right now I am feeling total awe, immense gratitude and the overwhelming feeling of just WOW. I say the St Gertrude prayer for The Holy Souls in Purgatory many times a day, since I found it on your web site. Yesterday (Saturday) when I was ready to go to Mass, I tried to start my car and there was nothing. It just would not turn over. I tried it several times during the day and my son tried it before he went to bed, but it still would not start. Before going to Mass this morning, I went to your web page, (as I do every morning before Mass) to say the prayer. I decided to read some of the things on the web page, which I did the first time that I found your web site, but have not done since then. I read about you not being able to open the lock on your door and about your husband helping. I thought that "I should pray to The Holy Souls in Purgatory about my car", so before I went out, (I was intending to walk to Mass), I asked them to please pray that my car would start. I put the key in the ignition and said “please Holy Souls, pray that it starts”, I turned the key and my car started! I was what you could call struck dumb. I could not believe it, they actually heard me and answered my prayer, so I offered up my Mass and my Eucharist for them. I pray that more and more people pray to and for The Holy Souls, they need our prayers, and they DO listen to us and pray for us. Just ask my car.
For those who want a higher authority let's hear from a pope.
How Pope Pius IX cured a bad memory
The venerable Pontiff Pius IX appointed a holy and prudent religious bishop of a diocese. The priest alarmed at the responsibility put on him begged earnestly to be excused. His protests were in vain. The Holy Father knew his merits. Overcome with apprehension the humble religious solicited an audience with the Pope, who received him most graciously. Once more he pleaded earnestly to be excused but the pope was immovable. As a last recourse Padre Tomaso told the Holy Father that he had a very bad memory which would naturally prove to be a grave impediment in the high office put on him. Pius IX answered with a smile: “Your diocese is very small in comparison with the Universal Church, which I carry on my shoulders. Your cares will be very light in comparison with mine. I, too, suffered from a grave defect of memory but I promised to say a fervent prayer daily for the Holy Souls, who, in return, have obtained for me an excellent memory. Do you likewise, dear Father, and you will have cause to rejoice.”
There are plenty more testimonies there and also information on how to help the Holy Souls in Purgatory including the ultimate way which is called the: The Heroic Act.