The Poor Souls
What Is Purgatory?
Purgatory, or the purification, cannot actually be explained because you would have to have seen GOD just as He is in Heaven now: incomprehensible beauty, incomprehensible love.
If someone dies in sin or imperfection, this soul recognises in the light of GOD’s presence – the soul need not even have seen GOD yet – her terrible degeneration. With all her might and longing she is drawn towards GOD because the soul, after all, is a part of GOD. She wishes to unite with the beauty which GOD is. But she recognises her distortion through sin so that in the beauty and harmony of Heaven she feels so out of place that she steps back and desires to do penance as quickly as possible. Now she cannot go back into the body any more. She cannot put on the penitential robe any more. She can no longer do any works of penance. So she humbly perseveres, far from GOD, in a state of unimaginable yearning, which is like a purifying fire. She holds out so long until her transgressions have been atoned for.
Everything Must Be Atoned for
For an as-yet-unatoned-for loveless word, according to our perception of time, you would have to hold out in this purging state perhaps a whole year. You absolutely could not do anything for yourself any more. You could not go back any more to ask for forgiveness, could only sit tight in this “fire,” until your debt, be it ever so tiny, has been atoned for. If the Church Militant (that is, we, the Church on earth) and the Church Triumphant (the Saints of Heaven) now did not have the opportunity to help our brothers and sisters of the Church Suffering (the Poor Souls), they would have to hold out long. – These three Churches must work together. One who has on earth no communion with the Churches Triumphant and Suffering cannot be Church. – That is why GOD judges it very, very severely if someone out of indifference refuses the suffering souls in Purgatory their help. They will, when they are in Purgatory themselves, wait a long time for help.
With What Can We Help the Poor Souls
Give them a few drops of Holy Water. Skip a sip of water. At meals have only one helping. If someone cursed a lot during their lifetime, then try in your heart to say pious words to their benefit. Has someone neglected prayer, then you pray in their stead. Everything you do on behalf of the Poor Souls will benefit them, and can considerably shorten their time of suffering. Bear in mind: you can canonise one or the other Poor Soul by helping her to enter Heaven. Each soul redeemed from Purgatory is holy, and is counted amongst the company of Saints, even if they have not been canonised by the Pope, are no familiar Saints on earth. Only what is holy may enter Heaven.
When you die, you will see how many souls you have made into Saints by your prayers for forgiveness. They will all receive you and accompany you intercedingly or triumphantly to GOD’s throne. So do not hesitate, start your canonising them.
If you could really see how yearningly the Poor Souls are waiting for our help. They depend on us. They absolutely cannot do anything for themselves. They may, however, make intercession for their brothers and sisters on earth. They are great helpers of the Church Militant. Great miracles have already happened through the intercession of the Poor Souls. Bear in mind, if someone in this way in a state of suffering selflessly pleads for us, GOD certainly cannot say no. Therefore, I fervently ask of you on behalf of the Church: use your opportunity! Do not forget the Poor Souls. They will thank you by letting you experience their help.