Praying for souls in purgatory


#1

Need some help! Why do we(Catholics) pray for the souls in purgatory. I have started a dialogue with a Baptist Preacher and not quite sure how to put this into words.

May God Bless You


#2

Here is a good Catholic.com tract:

catholic.com/library/purgatory.asp


#3

Peace be with you!

The link that Catholic Dude gave you is a good one. Another way to look at it is simply that prayer helps people…I’m sure the Baptists will agree with you on this part. Just as our prayers can help those alive on earth (for example, if a friend is sick and you pray for them to get well it may help them to get better) they can also help those in Purgatory. If the souls in Purgatory are waiting to be “let into” Heaven, so to speak, if we pray for them to be let into Heaven, it just may help to speed things up, especially if a whole lot of us are praying.

In Christ,
Rand


#4

If souls are in purgatory, then prayer can help them just as it can help others we pray for on earth. But I rather suspect that your Baptist preacher friend doesn’t believe there is a purgatory; and if there is no purgatory, what good would prayers do?


#5

His understanding is that Catholic belief is that someone in purgatory is in holding until enough people pray that soul into Heaven.


#6

No. All souls in purgatory are guaranteed to get to heaven, whether anyone prays for them or not!

It’s just that it’s always nice to have help if you can get it.

I’ll certainly clean my house before the end of the year. But it would be nice if someone wanted to assist me.


#7

[quote]QUOTE=JimG]No. All souls in purgatory are guaranteed

to get to heaven, whether anyone prays for them or not!

It’s just that it’s always nice to have help if you can get it.

I’ll certainly clean my house before the end of the year. But it would be nice if someone wanted to assist me.
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Hi All
Ok, so Catholics believe that ALL souls go to purgatory or that some souls or most go to purgatory?
Thanks


#8

no doubt about it Jim G, all souls in purgatory go to heaven. we pray for them that they may go to heaven. maybe we too someday may need a prayer from someone. prayer can only be a good thing. Purgatory should be looked at as a blessing, kind of a safety net as Fr. Corapi explains. I’m not 100% sure but i think if your in a state of full grace you go straight to heaven.


#9

[quote=NonDenom]Hi All
Ok, so Catholics believe that ALL souls go to purgatory or that some souls or most go to purgatory?
Thanks
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From the CCC:

1030 All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.604 The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:605

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.606

1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: "Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin."607 From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.608 The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead:

  • Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.609*

#10

[quote=NonDenom]Hi All
Ok, so Catholics believe that ALL souls go to purgatory or that some souls or most go to purgatory?
Thanks
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In my previous post I was referring to all souls which are already in purgatory. Those are all without exception going to heaven.

As for ALL souls generally, some go to hell, some go to heaven, some go to heaven via purgatory.


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