“I Urge Catholics to Pray for the Dead” – St. Pope John Paul II

To the Most Reverend Raymond Séguy, Bishop of Autun, Châlon and Mâcon, Abbot of Cluny 1. This year, when we are celebrating the millennium of the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, established by St. Odilo, fifth Abbot of Cluny, the centenary of the foundation of the Archfraternity of Our Lady of Cluny, committed to … Read more “I Urge Catholics to Pray for the Dead” – St. Pope John Paul II

Historically Speaking

Most Protestants reject the doctrine of Purgatory, believing it to be both unbiblical and an invention of the Catholic Church. They think that the Christians of the early church did not believe in Purgatory or pray for the dead, and these doctrines were created by a corrupted paganized version of Christianity (i.e. the Catholic Church) … Read more Historically Speaking

If You Want To Avoid Purgatory

Many Catholics do not consider the existence of Purgatory. This is due mainly to a poor understanding of this doctrine. It is thought that after death one goes either directly to Heaven or Hell. Those who do understand Purgatory believe that it is very difficult if not impossible to avoid it. Fortunately, Our Lord has … Read more If You Want To Avoid Purgatory

The Litany of the Faithful Departed

Lord, have mercy on us, Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us, Christ, graciously hear us. God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed. God the Holy … Read more The Litany of the Faithful Departed

Chaplet of the Holy Souls

This devotion is a simple and quick way to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. It is prayed using traditional rosary beads. On the large beads of the Rosary recite: O holy Souls draw the fire of God’s love into my soul to reveal Jesus crucified in me here on earth rather than hereafter … Read more Chaplet of the Holy Souls