Article: "The holy souls in Purgatory aren’t celebrating Reformation Day." (With the Reformation, very many people stopped praying for people in Purgatory)

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“Among the saddest effects of the Reformation was the denial of the value of intercessory prayer for the dead.”

In spite of a change in attitudes among Catholics, some serious differences remain between Catholics and Protestants.


Reformation Day is a big celebration in some churches, but I don’t remember it being a “thing” when I was a child or young adult.

It seems to have gained steam in the last ten years?

It’s ironic that the 500th anniversary of Reformation Day is on Halloween. Boo!


Wouldn’t every anniversary be on the same date? Or does it move around like Easter?

No, it’s the same date every year. Which to me makes it even more ironic.
It’s apparently the day when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door.

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There was a story about a Lutheran Priest who kept being pestered by spirits whom he thought were the devil he continued to rebuke them and try to cast them out but to no avail.

Eventually he began praying for the souls and found that they stopped appearing all together solidifying a belief in Purgatory.

Also C.S Lewis believed in Purgatory apparently.




There was also a Nun who saw Martin Luther in Hell with demons nailing his 95 Theses to his head… :unamused::smoking:


Can’t post a meme of that, that would be terrible.


Capilla de las Animas in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
I love the carved image above the door, which reminds us to pray for the souls of Purgatory.


IIRC, there’s a museum in Rome which is dedicated to the Poor Souls in Purgatory.


Yep I have a few books on Purgatory.

It’s become a part of my everyday life praying for the dead offering prayers for the poor souls especially in the cemetery I pass buy almost everyday.


I have quite a few myself:

Purgatory: Explained By the Lives and Legends of the Saints
Read Me or Rue It & How To Avoid Purgatory
The Secret of Purgatory

(Those are all I can think of right now.)

Same here.


My priest gave me a book written by a priest who didn’t believe in it. He and his fellow priest made a pact (probably as a joke) that if one made it to Purgatory one would send a sign to the other. God, being awesome, allowed this.

One died, and during a mass, as the priest was praying, a burnt hand print appeared on the altar. The priest immediately repented of his position.


Not apparently; he stated as much.


That would be All Hallow’s Eve, a Catholic feast day. In that light, given the topics discussed in the 95 Theses and the various abuses it was responding to, its not ironic at all. It is quite appropriate.

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Protestants have some notions of Purgatory. They just don’t call it Purgatory.

Nothing unclean or impure was able to enter the Old Testament temple. Neither will anything unclean or impure be able to enter into the prescence of a holy, holy, holy God.

See 2 Chronicles 23:19. See also Revelation 21:27 regarding the City of God where it says “nothing unclean will enter it”.

Protestants know that God is holy and that they are not holy. Their assumption appears to be over and over again that the transition from unholy human on earth to holy saint in heaven will be instant, entire and painless. It may not be in their statements of systematic theology but I have seen the assumption be there. Otherwise, they would be like the young Martin Luther and believe in Purgatory.

And, as the OP helps to remind us, one result of the Protestant Reformation is they not only became averse to indulgences but they became averse to even praying for the souls in Purgatory.

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Our lady said that the sufferings of purgatory is as bad as hell. Why would you be happy for people to get you out of the sufferings of hell? 60 something years feels like 100 thousand years for them

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