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Re: Souls in Purgatory or Hell

J.M.J.

Dear Volunteer,

November is the Month of the Holy Souls, the actual feast day being November 2. The very first day of that month, as you know, is the Feast of All Saints.

We are reminded on November 1 of the state that God wishes us to strive for — sanctity and sainthood. The next day we are reminded to pray for those souls who will become saints after they have atoned for and been purified of their sins while here on earth.

Purgatory

The souls in Purgatory are very dear to Our Blessed Mother, and that alone should motivate us to pray for those souls which are unable to help themselves but who can intercede on our behalf. Knowing they can’t help themselves should also move us to pray for them as an act of mercy and compassion.

In his book, Read Me or Rue It, Father Paul O’Sullivan tells us that we should do all we can while here, to atone for our sins. He talks of the terrible sufferings of the souls in Purgatory.

He further clarifies by stressing that suffering in Purgatory is so horrible that it would be better for us to suffer all the ills and trials here on earth than to spend just one day in Purgatory.

Purgatory is temporary (but can be for a very long time), but hell is for eternity. This is not to minimize going to Purgatory, but rather to encourage you to remind others that despite the fact many today are misled into thinking that very few go to hell — the truth is that many of the great saints have always said the opposite.

The Few Who Are Saved

The saints have taught that the greater majority of souls go to hell and of those who are saved, very few go directly to Heaven. The majority of the saved have to spend time in Purgatory before going to Heaven.

Here are some quotes from some of the saints and others regarding the number of souls who are lost, versus the elect:

“For many are called but few chosen.”
(Matthew 20:16);

“What do you think? How many of the inhabitants of this city may perhaps be saved? What I am about to tell you is very terrible, yet I will not conceal it from you. Out of this thickly populated city with its thousands of inhabitants not one hundred people will be saved. I even doubt whether there will be as many as that!”
St. John Chrysostom;

“Those who are saved are in the minority.”
St. Thomas Aquinas (Doctor of the Church);

“So vast a number of miserable souls perish, and so comparatively few are saved!”
St. Philip Neri;

“Out of one hundred thousand sinners who continue in sin until death, scarcely one will be saved.”
St. Jerome (Doctor of the Church);

“Yes, indeed, many will be damned; few will be saved.”
St. Benedict Joseph Labre;

“A great number of Christians are lost.”
St. Leonard of Port Maurice;

“The common opinion is that the greater part of adults is lost.”
St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori (Doctor of the Church);

“The number of the elect is so small — so small — that, were we to know how small it is, we would faint away with grief: one here and there, scattered up and down the world!”
St. Louis Marie de Montfort;

“St. Teresa, as the Roman Rota attests, never fell into any mortal sin; but still Our Lord showed her the place prepared for her in hell; not because she deserved hell, but because, had she not risen from the state of lukewarmness in which she lived, she would in the end have lost the grace of God and been damned.”
St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori;

“They who are to be saved as Saints, and wish to be saved as imperfect souls, shall not be saved.”
Pope St. Gregory the Great;

“We were so fortunate to be born in the bosom of the Roman Church, in Christian and Catholic kingdoms, a grace that has not been granted to the greater part of men, who are born among idolaters, Mohammedans, or heretics. [...] How thankful we ought to be, then, to Jesus Christ for the gift of faith! What would have become of us if we had been born in Asia, in Africa, in America, or in the midsts of heretics and schismatics? He who does not believe is lost. He who does not believe shall be condemned. And thus, probably, we also would have been lost.”
St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori;

“Taking into account the behavior of mankind, only a small part of the human race will be saved.”
(RIP);Lucy of Fatima

Listen to Our Lady of Fatima

So how do we make our atonement here? By doing what Our Lady asked of us at Fatima, and following the examples of Lucy, Jacinta, and Francisco as well as countless numbers of saints. They are our role models and it gives God great glory and honor when we petition them with prayers for their intercession.

We must pray and offer sacrifices in atonement for our sins and the conversion of sinners. This is why praying at least 5 decades of the Rosary daily and making the First Saturday Communions of Reparation is so important.

Recently I heard a sermon from a priest who described offering sacrifices in a different way. He had been working with young boys and he came into a classroom one day and began picking up papers that were laying on the floor. He asked the boys “Do you know what I am doing?” To which they answered — “You’re picking up the papers, Father.”

He answered, “No, I am saving souls. (He had 3 papers in his hand) I just saved 3 souls.” And went on to instruct the boys about the importance of doing all you can to make sacrifices — offering everything up in order to save souls.

The effect of telling this to small children obtained amazing results, according to their parents. The parents phoned the priest to tell him that since their child learned about saving souls by offering sacrifices, they no longer had to ask the child to do his chores. The children did their regular chores and sought out more opportunities to offer sacrifices.

The priest further explained in his sermon that when we die, we will either be greeted and embraced by many souls that we helped to save, or glared at by the many souls of the damned that God gave us the opportunity to help save by our prayers and sacrifices — but which we failed or refused to offer.

For the sake of our own eternal salvation and the salvation of others, we cannot afford to be misled into the modernist way of thinking, that nearly everyone is saved. It is contrary to the teachings of Our Lord, and the saints.

The Saints are Intercessors

With this letter is a prayer card to remind us to ask the saints for their help in being the Catholics that God expects us to be. They wait for us to ask for their help and guidance in offering sacrifices and living a penitential life.

Notice the picture on the prayer card — the mantle under which all the saints are protected — the Queen and Mother of all saints, the Blessed Virgin Mary. All the virtues of all the saints combined do not equal Her virtues.

Together, then, let us once again renew our efforts to heed Her Fatima requests, appeal for Her intercession and ask all the saints for their assistance.

The Three Hail Marys

You may recall the letter we sent earlier this year about the 3 Hail Marys and the miraculous conversion stories of those who have prayed the 3 Hail Marys.

Recently a priest wrote and told Father Gruner about what he had heard from a visiting bishop pertaining to this practice. The bishop said that when he was selected to be a bishop — a week before he was raised to that position, he went on retreat.

While driving down a deserted highway in the desert at night, he came upon a one-car accident. He stopped to help and discovered the sole person in the car was a man who was dying.

The man was a Catholic, so the priest heard his confession and gave him the last rites. Just before the man died, the priest asked him what he had done to deserve such a grace as to have a Catholic priest come along on a deserted highway just in time to hear his confession and prepare him for death.

The man answered, “No matter how drunk or debauched a life I was leading, I always said the 3 Hail Marys.” This miracle of grace was attributed to Our Lady and the practice of this devotion so pleasing to Her.

For more copies of the enclosed prayer card, or for copies of the leaflet, Heaven Opened by the Practice of the Three Hail Marys, call us at 1-800-845-3047 or return the enclosed reply form.

      In the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,

      Joanna Swords

P.S.I have also enclosed a flyer listing back issues of The Fatima Crusader — some we are out of, but others are still available. Those available are on the back of the reply form. For copies of the flyer, or back issues of The Fatima Crusader, return the enclosed form.