The Holy Souls in Purgatory…Why do Catholics pray for them?

Today marks my Dad’s death. February 18th, 2013. Gosh, I can’t believe it’s already been 3 years! I pray for my Dad’s soul everyday. My Protestants friends ask me why? Why do Catholics pray for them?

”we’re not suppose to pray for the dead, there is no purgatory.”

…I’ve been told by my non-catholic friends.

We are called to pray for the holy souls in purgatory…as part of our eternal life plan! And YES…there is such as place as purgatory.


Just ask St. Faustina, who wrote extensively on purgatory in her diary! Read more about St. Faustina by clicking here. 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says in n.1030

Though they are assured of their eternal salvation, they still need to undergo purification that makes possible the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

These souls cannot earn any merits in purgatory but suffer passively there. Still the prayers and works of the living can bring them merit and benefit.

We pray for the holy souls in purgatory because simply…they need our prayers.

I’ve made praying for the holy souls a part of my eternal life plan. And here is a tool I use everyday to help me with my plan.



Susan Tassone wrote a beautiful book, called

Day by Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory                  365 reflections.


This book includes prayers, teachings, real life stories, meditations, quotes from saints and much much more. God has given us the duty, power and privilege for the release of the holy souls. This book is truly a powerful way to fulfill that mission! I encourage you to pick up Susan’s book and add praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory as part of your Eternal Life Plan! And no…I have no affliation with Susan…just a fan of her work! Click here for Susan’s website.

So why should you add praying for the Holy Souls as part of your Eternal Life Plan?

  • It will deepen your spiritual progress especially by praying for those souls that have hurt you or offended you.
  • It will deepen your love and give you cause to reflect on your own faults and imperfections.
  • And the daily reflections will deepen your insights into the theology of purgatory.

When I pray for my Dad’s soul, it’s as if he’s still with me. Sometimes I feel his presence as if he’s sitting next to me, listening as I talk to him. (I often talk to him during the day!)

Also, I include praying for the Holy Souls who may not have family members or people here on earth praying on their behalf. These souls I’m especially drawn too, the forgotten ones. Simply, I ask God to direct my prayers to those souls that need it most.

So have I convinced you?

Now it’s your turn…I’d love to hear your thoughts on praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Will you leave them in the comments below.

And I invite you to watch my video. I go into greater details into Susan’s Book where I read an excerpt of today’s reflection.

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