souls in purgatory

Here is a thought. What if all the people, who we “know must be in hell”, aren’t in hell? “Oh they must be”, you reply “look at how they lived their lives. Look at what they did.” Even our legal law says that things aren’t always what they appear to be. Legal law recognizes that sometimes there are lessening (mitigating) circumstances. Are we the final judge and jury?

How do we know what happens in the split second before death? Does God, Who abounds in love, Who IS love, give them one final chance? Did He cause their lifestyle to flash before them? Did the horror of their ways assault them and they cringed in terrible shame and remorse? Did they beg for forgiveness? Maybe hell, right now, does not have as many souls as we think! We know that Purgatory exists for those whose lives fell short, that didn’t quite make the “passing –into –heaven” grade. They are waiting for all the stains of their lives to be removed. Maybe, Purgatory is filled with more souls than we ever imagined.

These are just thoughts. If they are counter to the Catholic Church’s teachings, then I renounce them. But, and it is not that big of a “but”, if there is some semblance of truth to this, then I think we should look at the importance of Purgatory. Today is all Saints day. This day we remember and honor those lives that excelled in God’s goodness. We use their lives as measuring rods for ourselves. We strive to be like them, to imitate them, in some way. How often, though, we fall short; we fall FAR short. Then we too, will have to endure Purgatory, as well.

We read, “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from their sins” in 2 Maccabees 12:46. There is a purgatory. Mankind has recognized this from before Christ. WE can help those who are there. Tomorrow is All Souls Day. These are not the Saints that we honor today, but those who wanted to be, who strove to be like those saints, but failed.

In the book, “The Flame of Love”-1 the diary of Elizabeth Kindlemann, we read again and again, the urging of Mary and Jesus to pray for the dead. “If at any moment”, Mary says, “someone prays three Hail Mary’s in my honor, while referring to the Flame of Love-2; they will free a soul from Purgatory.” She goes on to say, that during the month of November, one Hail Mary, again referring to the Flame of Love, will free ten souls. I know this statement will raise some eyebrows, and doubts, but listen to the words of Jesus. On March 27, 1963, Our Lord said, “The face of the earth will be renewed because something like this has not happened since the Word became Flesh. Earth will be renewed by Our Lady’s intercession.” And Mary is pleading for us to pray the Rosary, and to include the Flame of Love phrase.

Why the Flame of Love? Why, now? We can only speculate as to why this urgency has fallen upon us. We know that all of us have had our heads turned in the wrong direction, and, might, even now, continue to look away. Allowing the Flame to enter into and take over our heart is the only answer that will help us, help the world. If we truly want our hearts to be changed, then listen to the words of Mary and Jesus. The urgency in their words, their desire that we become part of this movement, is clear to us. We realize that we can/should participate in this global movement to help the world return to God. If we truly are affected by the Flame of Love, then we will want to, no, desire to pass this Flame on to others.

If we do nothing else, during this month of November, pray for the souls in Purgatory. They (our relatives included) are waiting to be released, finally back into the arms of God. Let’s empty Purgatory, PRAY THE ROSARY!!

-1 “The Flame of Love” visit

-2 “referring to the Flame of Love”: Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, spread the effect of grace of thy flame of love over all of humanity, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.