"If we desire to make certain of Heaven, dear friends, let us pray fervently for the souls in Purgatory. It may even be asserted that praying devoutly for the souls in Purgatory is an almost sure sign of salvation. If we have been faithful in praying for these poor souls then they will in turn help us. Throwing themselves at God's feet they will plead: 'Lord, have mercy for this poor soul, grace and mercy for her! Be merciful, Oh God, to this charitable soul who rescued us from the flames and satisfied Divine Justice.' " ~ St. John Vianney.
"It is unbelievable what they (the Holy Souls) can do for our spiritual good, out of gratitude they have towards those on Earth who remember to pray for them." ~ St. Pio of Pietrelcina.
These are just two quotes from newsletters from FOSS, or Friends of the Suffering Souls, a very worthwhile organization to which I have belonged for the past several years. To have the grace of
being allowed to help the dead in this way is truly a blessing from Heaven...and I, for one, intend to take full advantage of it!
I have the sinking suspicion that I am destined to spend a very long time there, and I would be most grateful for any help I can muster up!
If anyone is interested in finding out more about this wonderful Group, feel free to visit anytime @ http://www.knocknovena.com/ and sign up while you are there. (The only requirement for membership is to have a Holy Mass offered for the Holy Souls once a year on or near your birthday...but more are always welcome.)
My own date is 1 Sept. ~ never mind the year, lol.
But the more Holy Masses we can offer for these people the sooner they can reach their final Home with God and start praying for us. We can never have enough help or friends willing to extend that help.
And I say, the more the merrier...