Expiation of Sins
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.” ~REVELATION 22: 14
All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. l030). The Right Rev. G. P. Dwyer says this about the holy souls: They no longer desire anything but God. And yet they cannot reach Him until their debt is paid. The sufferings of the holy souls spring from this double source —longing for God, the realization of sin. On earth we can turn to a hundred things to distract the mind, to muffle the cry of the heart. These escapes are denied the holy souls. Their focus is set on God and God alone! They see themselves as they really are. They see how unfit they are to go to God. They see clearly their sins were an offense against God. They realize at last the malice of sin. Redemptorists Maurice Becque and Louis Becque, in Life After Death, also write: These souls are waiting for God. They see Him better than they did on earth and are aspiring to contemplate Him in the full light of the beatific vision. They are happy at being saved, unhappy at being held back and having to delay. Freed from the burden of matter, they are … All to God, all in God, all for God.
When you have confessed your sins, the guilt is removed. To remove the “stain,” what charitable work will you take today?
Graciously hear, O God, the fervent prayers we offer Thee for the suffering souls in purgatory, who, not having satisfied Thy justice, confide in Thine infinite mercy and our intercessions. Extend unto them Thy consolations, and redeem them, through Christ our Lord. Amen. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
“By devotion to the holy souls, our progress in virtue and perfection is greatly hastened.” ~VENERABLE FRANCES OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT