According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), purgatory is a “final purification” (CCC 1031) which is afforded to “all who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified” so that they might “achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven” (CCC 1030). This is why the souls in purgatory are called “Holy Souls”…they have died in God’s grace and they will attain heaven and the beatific vision after their purification is complete.
This is a journey of faith and we hope that over the next thirty days you use this prayer book to assist you with your prayers and devotions. We need to pray on a regular basis so that we are prepared for our eternal life. Take time to welcome your loved ones back, to draw closer to them and to remember that someday, for those who believe in Jesus Christ, that at the end of this journey will be the greatest reward; Heaven, the reward of eternal life where we will all be united again in Christ.