Thursday November 2, 2023

Good News Reflections:
Making scripture meaningful to your daily life
by Terry Modica

“Love is not limited by the barrier between life on earth and the after-life.”

Good News Reflection for:

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day)
November 2, 2023

Today’s Prayer:

I thank You, Lord Jesus, because You follow me step by step. Thank You for enabling me to preserve in my faith and for taking care of me as I journey to meet my Father. Amen.

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Today’s Readings:

Wisdom 3:1-9
Ps 23:1-6
Romans 5:5-11 or Romans 6:3-9
John 6:37-40
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:

Why pray for souls in purgatory?

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Can we help those who are in purgatory? Definitely! That’s why the Church provides us with a memorial Mass for all the faithful departed every November 2nd. We’re praying for those who died in the arms of Jesus but who have not yet reached the full glory of heaven. We can help them through our loving prayer support! Love is not limited by the barrier between life on earth and the after-life.

Think of your loved ones who died believing in Jesus and wanting to be loved by Jesus. Even if there was the smallest seed of faith in them, they wouldn’t have wanted to reject Jesus when he came for them as they took their final breath; they are with him now.

We can be assured of this because of what Jesus said in John 6:37-40. The Father’s decision is that everyone who recognizes Jesus as the Son of God, wanting him to be their Savior and the Redeemer of their sins, will have eternal life. “And I shall raise him (or her) on the last day,” Jesus promised.

However, rarely does anyone die in the full state of grace, perfect in holiness. Most still have unrepented or unexpiated sins (“unexpiated” means insufficient penance has been made to rectify the damage caused by our sins). God wants all of his children to receive the fullness of his perfect love, which means being forever united to him in a state of complete holiness. Because nothing unholy exists in heaven, when souls realize what they’ve forfeited by clinging to their sins, they want to be purged. They gladly choose the state or process of purgatory to reach the state of full grace.

Our loving prayers help them in this transition.

Pope Leo XIII wrote in his encyclical on the Eucharist, “Mirae Caritatis”, on May 28, 1902: “The communion of saints is nothing else but a mutual sharing of help, satisfaction, prayer and other good works, a mutual communication among all the faithful, whether those who have reached heaven, or who are in the cleansing fire, or who are still pilgrims on the way in this world.”

Through Jesus and our love for the souls in purgatory, we can do penances on their behalf in imitation of Jesus who was crucified on our behalf. Such penances include prayers, alms-giving, fasting, sacrifices, good works and other acts of piety. A bonus benefit is that we’re also purified, here on earth instead of later after our own deaths, because such deeds made on behalf of others will increase our own holiness.

By offering Masses for the souls in purgatory, publicly and privately, we consciously give them our love and we commend them more fully to Jesus’ love. The celebration of All Souls Day and the whole month of November is given over to this important ministry. What are you going to do this month that will help your loved ones who’ve gone Home to Jesus but who are probably not yet enjoying the fullness of his love for them?

For more information about purgatory, read the Good News WordByte “Defining Purgatory and the Communion of Saints” at or order the Catholic Digital Resources leaflet from

2023 by Terry A. Modica

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November 1, 2023 10:38 am

This made me cry.