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March 12, 2014 – Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, IL
March 17, 2014 – St. Josaphat Basilica, Milwaukee, WI
March 21, 2014 – St. Pius X Church, Stickney, IL
October 16, 2014 – Totally Yours Conference, Rolling Meadows, IL
October 25, 2014 – St. Louis Conference, St. Louis, MO
November 8, 2014 – St. Joseph Conference: Ottawa, Canada
November 14, 2014 – Union League Club, Chicago, IL
1. Are my prayers wasted if the soul is already in heaven?
No prayer is ever wasted with God. If the soul is already in heaven it receives an increase in their intimacy of God’s love, and an increase in their own intercessory power. St. Thomas Aquinas calls this “accidental glory.” God is never outdone in generosity.
2. Is a Mass offered for one while is still living more powerful than a Mass celebrated for that person afer he or she has died?
The value of every Mass is infinite, and one Mass is not more powerful than another. However, a living person is still capable of growing in sanctifying grace. The offering of the Mass may also assist in this increase of sanctity by helping people face their sufferings and trials more deeply united to Christ. Thus, for example, attending Mass or offering Mass can have extraordinary effects while a person is still on earth. See Susan’s book, Praying with the Saints for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for a more detailed explanation.
3. Does offering thirty Gregorian Masses always release a soul from purgatory?
Although the practice is approved by the Church, there is no official guarantee. However, it underscores the power of the Holy Mass.
Other questions and answers
There are many more questions answered in Susan’s book, Praying with the Saints for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Pious Union of St. Joseph Priests who offer Gregorian Masses and devotion for a happy death. Become a member today!
Purgatory – The Forgotten Church DVD An Epic documentary film about purgatory and the afterlife. A must see!
Spirit Daily Popular Catholic news site.
Friends of the Suffering Souls Enroll in a Perpetual Novena of Masses.
Holy Souls Online Facts and resources about the holy souls in purgatory.
Dead Theologians Society Saints of yesterday inspiring youth today.
Institute on Religious Life Religious life and communities.
Totally Yours Tours Tours to Catholic pilgrimage sites.