Purgatory in the Bible

Matt. 5:25 – “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”

Matt. 18:32-35 – “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

1 Cor. 3:11-15 – “But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though ONLY as one ESCAPING THROUGH THE FLAMES.

Matt. 5:26,18:34; Luke 12:58-59 — Jesus teaches us, “Come to terms with your opponent or you will be handed over to the judge and thrown into prison. You will not get out until you have paid the last penny.” The word “opponent” (antidiko) is likely a reference to the devil (see the same word for devil in 1 Pet. 5:8) who is an accuser against man (c.f. Job 1.6-12; Zech. 3.1; Rev. 12.10), and God is the judge. If we have not adequately dealt with satan and sin in this life, we will be held in a temporary state called a prison, and we won’t get out until we have satisfied our entire debt to God. This “prison” is purgatory where we will not get out until the last penny is paid.

Matt. 5:48 – Jesus says, “be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.” We are only made perfect through purification, and in Catholic teaching, this purification, if not completed on earth, is continued in a transitional state we call purgatory.

Matt. 12:32 — Jesus says, “And anyone who says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but no one who speaks against the Holy Spirit will be forgiven either in this world or in the next.” Jesus thus clearly provides that there is forgiveness after death. The phrase “in the next” (from the Greek “en to mellonti”) generally refers to the afterlife (see, for example, Mark 10.30; Luke 18.30; 20.34-35; Eph. 1.21 for similar language). Forgiveness is not necessary in heaven, and there is no forgiveness in hell. This proves that there is another state after death, and the Church for 2,000 years has called this state purgatory.

Luke 12:47-48 – when the Master comes (at the end of time), some will receive light or heavy beatings but will live. This state is not heaven or hell, because in heaven there are no beatings, and in hell we will no longer live with the Master.

Luke 16:19-31 – in this story, we see that the dead rich man is suffering but still feels compassion for his brothers and wants to warn them of his place of suffering. But there is no suffering in heaven or compassion in hell because compassion is a grace from God and those in hell are deprived from God’s graces for all eternity. So where is the rich man? He is in purgatory.

1 Cor. 15:29-30 – Paul mentions people being baptized on behalf of the dead, in the context of atoning for their sins (people are baptized on the dead’s behalf so the dead can be raised). These people cannot be in heaven because they are still with sin, but they also cannot be in hell because their sins can no longer be atoned for. They are in purgatory. These verses directly correspond to 2 Macc. 12:44-45 which also shows specific prayers for the dead, so that they may be forgiven of their sin.

Phil. 2:10 – every knee bends to Jesus, in heaven, on earth, and “under the earth” which is the realm of the righteous dead, or purgatory.

2 Tim. 1:16-18 – Onesiphorus is dead but Paul asks for mercy on him “on that day.” Paul’s use of “that day” demonstrates its eschatological usage (see, for example, Rom. 2.5,16; 1 Cor. 1.8; 3.13; 5.5; 2 Cor. 1.14; Phil. 1.6,10; 2.16; 1 Thess. 5.2,4,5,8; 2 Thess. 2.2,3; 2 Tim. 4.8). Of course, there is no need for mercy in heaven, and there is no mercy given in hell. Where is Onesiphorus? He is in purgatory.

Heb. 12:14 – without holiness no one will see the Lord. We need final sanctification to attain true holiness before God, and this process occurs during our lives and, if not completed during our lives, in the transitional state of purgatory.

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Visits From The Holy Souls

Video

The Holy Souls in Purgatory are crying out for our help. They long to be with Jesus but cannot help themselves. So we have to pray for them. Even just a small prayer such as “Jesus, Mary I love you, save souls” can help. But there is a prayer that we can say to help a thousand souls at one time.

Jesus revealed to Saint Gertrude that He longs to save souls from Purgatory. He releases them per our prayers and His mercy for them.

Jesus taught this prayer to Saint Gertrude. We are to offer our Eternal Father the precious blood of Jesus which saves us. We are to unite them to the Masses said throughout the world every day.

Paul Lisney prays this prayer in a beautiful song. I have put his song with pictures in my video.

I ask you, please, to take the time to watch the whole video. The prayer is sung 4 times. So that would be four thousand souls. And if what Saint Augustine says is true, then our singing this song will release eight thousand souls. Augustine said when we sing we pray twice! 🙂 Also, if you watch the whole video you will see a message at the end and also a special image of the Holy Face of Jesus.

The image of Jesus at the end of the video is a special image. Jesus grants graces to anyone who looks upon His Holy Face with love.
When you look upon this image long enough you will notice the eyes of Jesus close… & then open again.
I will put a link for the image in full size so that you can print it up on an 8 X 10 sheet of photo paper. The image on my photobucket page is in sepia, which is just a little different than the one in the video. If you want the other one please let me know. I think the sepia one looks better than the image you see in the video when it is printed on photo paper.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i85…

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Here is the prayer;

Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of your Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home, and within my family. Amen.

You can get more information about Saint Gertrude at the following webpages;

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06534…

http://www.catholictradition.org/Sain…

http://www.2heartsnetwork.org/Gertrud…

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Information about the Suffering Souls in Purgatory;
http://sufferingsouls.com/part2.htm

More prayers for the Holy Souls;
http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary…

Pray for the Holy Souls;
http://catholics4real.com/front_page_…

Here are ways that you can avoid Purgatory;
http://catholics4real.com/front_page_…

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Here is the Purgatory Project website;
http://www.holysouls.com/main.htm

Information about Purgatory from the Catholic website;
http://www.catholic.com/library/Purga…

The Holy Souls – The Church Suffering

Video

The Holy Souls in Purgatory are crying out for our help. They long to be with Jesus but cannot help themselves. So we have to pray for them. Even just a small prayer such as “Jesus, Mary I love you, save souls” can help. But there is a prayer that we can say to help a thousand souls at one time.

Jesus revealed to Saint Gertrude that He longs to save souls from Purgatory. He releases them per our prayers and His mercy for them.

Jesus taught this prayer to Saint Gertrude. We are to offer our Eternal Father the precious blood of Jesus which saves us. We are to unite them to the Masses said throughout the world every day.

Paul Lisney prays this prayer in a beautiful song. I have put his song with pictures in my video.

I ask you, please, to take the time to watch the whole video. The prayer is sung 4 times. So that would be four thousand souls. And if what Saint Augustine says is true, then our singing this song will release eight thousand souls. Augustine said when we sing we pray twice! 🙂 Also, if you watch the whole video you will see a message at the end and also a special image of the Holy Face of Jesus.

The image of Jesus at the end of the video is a special image. Jesus grants graces to anyone who looks upon His Holy Face with love.
When you look upon this image long enough you will notice the eyes of Jesus close… & then open again.
I will put a link for the image in full size so that you can print it up on an 8 X 10 sheet of photo paper. The image on my photobucket page is in sepia, which is just a little different than the one in the video. If you want the other one please let me know. I think the sepia one looks better than the image you see in the video when it is printed on photo paper.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i85…

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Here is the prayer;

Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of your Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home, and within my family. Amen.

You can get more information about Saint Gertrude at the following webpages;

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06534…

http://www.catholictradition.org/Sain…

http://www.2heartsnetwork.org/Gertrud…

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Information about the Suffering Souls in Purgatory;
http://sufferingsouls.com/part2.htm

More prayers for the Holy Souls;
http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary…

Pray for the Holy Souls;
http://catholics4real.com/front_page_…

Here are ways that you can avoid Purgatory;
http://catholics4real.com/front_page_…

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Here is the Purgatory Project website;
http://www.holysouls.com/main.htm

Information about Purgatory from the Catholic website;
http://www.catholic.com/library/Purga…

Powerful Intercession of the Holy Souls


Besides being a spiritual work of mercy and a powerful reminder of the afterlife, devotion to souls in Purgatory also affords us invaluable intercession as demonstrated by Church Tradition.

According to the dogma of the Communion of Saints, they form a part of the Church (called the Church Suffering) and are therefore united to us, and can intercede for us.

Prayer to overcome temptation

Examples of this abound in Church History and many readers have undoubtedly experienced such intercession. We will relate a few examples below.

The Countess of Stratford, an English protestant, having doubts about the existence of Purgatory, consulted the Bishop of Amiens, France. Hearing her objection, he answered, “Tell the Bishop of London (an Anglican) that I will leave the Faith and become an Anglican if he can prove that Saint Augustine never celebrated Mass or prayed for the dead, especially his mother.”

The Vision of Purgotory
Gustave Dore

Following his advice, the Countess wrote the Anglican bishop of London. Seeing that he did not respond, she converted.

At a certain point during her reform of the Carmelites, Saint Teresa was in need of a convent. A noble named Bernadine of Toledo responded to her need and donated a place for the convent. He died shortly afterwards. Saint Theresa received the revelation that he would remain in Purgatory until the first Mass was celebrated in the convent he had donated. She thus hastened to establish its foundation. During communion of this first Mass, she saw his soul radiant with splendor at the side of the priest. Thanks to that Mass which had been said for him, he was freed from Purgatory.

Whenever Saint Catherine of Bologna’s prayers seemed unanswered, she would call upon the intercession of the souls in Purgatory. She affirmed that these prayers were always answered.

Mary’s Intercession For the Holy Souls

Since November is the month in which we pray for the poor souls in Purgatory, I’d like to offer great hope and consolation to those who are eagerly praying for their departed loved ones. No doubt, our Protestant friends will be taken back a bit since both Purgatory and Mary are controversial for them – and now we are bring them together. Tradition and Scripture state that Mary has a special dominion over the faithful departed. The reason for this is that Our Lady was not required to die since she was preserved from original and actual sin. “The wages of sin is death,” writes the Apostle, and our Lady did not have sin.
Tradition states that Our Lady begged Christ that she might be allowed to die in order to be more perfectly conformed to Him. This prayer was granted and so Christ gave her a special dominion over the faithful departed.
Concerning the Blessed Virgin, the Scriptures speak of her rein over the departed. The following passages speaks of the “Mother of Fair Love”:

For I make doctrine to shine forth to all as the morning light, and I will declare it afar off. I will penetrate to all the lower parts of the earth, and will behold all that sleep, and will enlighten all that hope in the Lord. (Ecclus 24:44-45)

Saint Peter Damian, Saint Ildefonse, and Saint Frances of Rome assure us that it is the feast of the Assumption of Mary (Aug 15) on which the most souls are released from Purgatory each year. Moreover, her role is especially confirmed by the Catholic Church’s teaching regarding the Brown Scapular give by Mary to Saint Simon Stock. Enrollment in the Brown Scapular and faithful living, Mary teaches, will lead to the delivery of a soul from Purgatory in less that a week’s time.
Saint Bernardine of Sienna, a great preacher and reformer, taught that Mary was the “plenipotentiary” for souls in Purgatory. Saint Teresa received a vision in which the souls in Purgatory received a spray of cool water whenever the Holy Rosary is prayed for them. Saint Alphonsus Liguori, also a Doctor of the Church, confirmed that praying the Rosary is a great means to bring relief to souls in Purgatory. Saint Pio, when giving a Rosary to someone said, “Let us empty Purgatory.”
So then, devotion to Mary and devotion to the poor souls are interlinked. Let us rely on our sweet and stainless Mother as the “plenipotentiary” for our brothers and sisters being refined for the eternal happiness of Heaven.
With Special thanks and please visit – http://cantuar.blogspot.it/2012/11/marys-special-role-for-those-in.html

Padre Pio’s Encounters With the Holy Souls

God chose Saint Pio of Pietrelcina to reveal the supernatural life to our tepid era. His supernatural interior life was made visible through his immense suffering and his well-known stigmata. As we move into November and pray for the Poor Souls in Purgatory, we do well to recall a few encounters of Padre Pio with the souls of Purgatory.

 
Padre Pio once described an encounter he had with testified the following to the Bishop of Melfi, His Excellency Alberto Costa and also the superior of the friary, Padre Lorenzo of San Marco.
 
Below is third person written testimony of the words of Padre Pio:
 
“While in the friary on a winter afternoon after a heavy snowfall, he was sitting by the fireplace one evening in the guest room, absorbed in prayer, when an old man, wearing an old-fashioned cloak still worn by southern Italian peasants at the time, sat down beside him. Concerning this man Padre Pio states: ‘I could not imagine how he could have entered the friary at this time of night since all the doors are locked. I questioned him: ‘Who are you? What do you want?’
 
The old man told him, “Padre Pio, I am Pietro Di Mauro, son of Nicola, nicknamed Precoco.” He went on to say, “I died in this friary on the 18th of September, 1908, in cell number four, when it was still a poorhouse. One night, while in bed, I fell asleep with a lighted cigar, which ignited the mattress and I died, suffocated and burned. I am still in Purgatory. I need a holy Mass in order to be freed. God permitted that I come and ask you for help.”
 
According to Padre Pio: “After listening to him, I replied, ‘Rest assured that tomorrow I will celebrate Mass for your liberation.’ I arose and accompanied him to the door of the friary, so that he could leave. I did not realize at that moment that the door was closed and locked: I opened it and bade him farewell The moon lit up the square, covered with snow. When I no longer saw him in front of me, I was taken by a sense of fear, and I closed the door, reentered the guest room, and felt faint.”
 
A few days later, Padre Pio also told the story to Padre Paolino, and the two decided to go to the town hall, where they looked at the vital statistics for the year I908 and found that on September 18 of that year, one Pietro Di Mauro had in fact died of burns and asphyxiation in Room Number 4 at the friary, then used as a home for the homeless.
 
Around the same time, Padre Pio told Fra Alberto of another apparition of a soul from Purgatory which also occurred around the same time. He said:
 
One evening, when I was absorbed in prayer in the choir of the little church I was shaken and disturbed by the sound of footsteps, and candles and flower vases being moved on the main altar. Thinking that someone must be there, I called out, “Who is it?”
 
No one answered. Returning to prayer, I was again disturbed by the same noises. In fact, this time I had the impression that one of the candles, which was in front of the statue of Our Lady of Grace, had fallen. Wanting to see what was happening on the altar, I stood up, went close to the grate and saw, in the shadow of the light of the Tabernacle lamp, a young confrere doing some cleaning. I yelled out, “What are you doing in the dark?” The little friar answered, “I am cleaning.”
 
“You clean in the dark?” I asked. “Who are you?”
 
The little friar said, ‘I am a Capuchin novice, who spends his time of Purgatory here. I am in need of prayers.’ and then he disappeared,”
 
Padre Pio stated that he immediately began praying for him as requested, and it is not known if he had any further dealings with this particular soul. However, in regards souls in Purgatory it is very interesting to note that later in life Padre Pio once said that ‘As many souls of the dead come up this road to the monastery as that of the souls of the living.”
 
Without a doubt, many souls from Purgatory visited Padre Pio seeking his prayers, sacrifices and sufferings to obtain their release.
 
Pray for the Poor Souls daily.
 
A Special thanks to http://cantuar.blogspot.it/2012/11/padre-pios-mysterious-encounters-with.html for this article. God reward and bless you