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Sheila Marquez wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Can a soul in Purgatory pray for their fellow souls in Purgatory?


  { Can a soul in Purgatory pray for their fellow souls in Purgatory? }

John DiMascio and Brian Bagley gave the following team answer:

Hi, Sheila —

A soul in Purgatory is being purged of selfishness or selfish love of self. That is why he or she is precluded to pray for oneself. When they pray for others they continue to process of growing in selflessness and I'd argue that it benefits them to pray for others.

Now as to the question of who they can pray for. There would appear to be no reason why they couldn't pray for a fellow soul in purgatory, because it is a soul other than one self, but ultimately this is a mystery.

Purgatory itself is a mystery. Most of what we've been taught about it is theological opinion.

The Catechism has very little to say about it, except that:

  • it exists
  • it temporary
  • it involves suffering from temporal punishment due to sin
    (although it is joyful and healing in nature)
  • they can pray for us
  • we can pray for them.

Everything else is pious tradition, speculation, and theological opinion. That said, I wouldn't be too quick to try and nail down answers to what is simply a Mystery.

God Bless,

John DiMascio and Brian Bagley

Side note: If you know of others with a strong devotion to the Holy  Souls in Purgatory, check out Mike's other web site, Helpers of the Holy Souls.

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