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My Life In Prayer

31 Day Purgatorian Novena
NINTH DAY. --PAIN OF FIRE IN PURGATORY.




NINTH DAY. --PAIN OF FIRE IN PURGATORY.

The Church has given no decision regarding the word "fire" in relation to Purgatory; but according to Theologians and Doctors of the Church, we are to understand a material fire. Concerning this, Bishop Colmar of Mayence, a great friend of the holy souls writes: "Besides being deprived of the vision of God, the souls in Purgatory must also endure the tortures of fire, the effects of which are much more painful, as it is an instrument in the avenging hand of God; a fire, as St. Augustine says, in comparison to which our material fire is nothing; a fire that entirely penetrates the soul, in whatever manner this may be accomplished."

How, and to what extent this is done, we know not, but may draw our conclusions from similar instances."In like manner," says St. Gregory the Great, "as the fallen angels, although pure spirits, are tormented by the material fire of hell, so may a similar fire torture the souls of the departed in Purgatory." The justice of God can punish a spirit by means of material substance, as well as He can, in His omnipotence, give life to a body by the agency of a spirit. According to the Holy Fathers, the fire of Purgatory does not differ from the fire of hell, excepting in the point of duration, "it is the same fire," says St. Thomas, that torments the reprobate in hell, and the just in Purgatory. The least pain in Purgatory," he adds, "surpasses the greatest suffering of this life" Nothing but eternal duration makes the fire of hell more terrible than that of Purgatory.

Prayer: Refresh, O Lord, the suffering souls in Purgatory with the dew of Thy grace that their pains may be relieved, and, in Thy mercy, hasten the moment of their deliverance, that they may meet Thee in Heaven, where no fire but that of Thy holy love shall consume them. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Special Intercession Pray for all the souls in Purgatory, particularly for those who are forgotten by their relatives.

Eternal rest grant onto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them; may they rest in peace. Amen.     (Three times)

Practice: Endeavor to spread the devotion for the holy souls in Purgatory as much as possible.

Invocation: My Jesus, mercy!











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