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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nov.30 The Heroic Act of Charity for the Souls in Purgatory

This heroic act, in behalf of the souls in Purgatory, consists in a voluntary offering made in their favor to the Divine Majesty, by any one of the faithful, of all works of satisfaction done by him in his life, as well as of all the suffrages which shall be offered for him after his death. By this offering he forgoes in their behalf only that special fruit which belongs to himself, so that he is not hindered thereby in praying for his own necessities, or those of others.
This act of charity, therefore, will not deprive us of any merit. Besides, by resigning our own claims on all works of satisfaction in favor of the souls departed, we shall gain for ourselves the special love of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the saints, according to the promise of Christ: " With what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again." (Matth.vii.2) Furthermore, the gratitude of the holy souls will induce them, in turn, to pray for us in Heaven, so that we may either escape Purgatory, or be blessed by a speedy deliverance therefrom.
Prayer: We humbly beseech Thee. O Lord! graciously accept our prayers, with the indulgences attached, for the suffering souls. We offer Thee, in their behalf, the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Redeemer, and His infinite merits united with the merits of His most holy, immaculate Virgin Mother Mary, her ever glorious spouse, St. Joseph, the holy Apostles, and all the spirits of Heaven, that by virtue of these merits our devotion may be to them a source of consolation, and open to them the portals of Heaven, there to love, praise, and glorify Thee, world without end. Amen.
Special Intercession: Pray for the souls, who, while on earth, made the Heroic Act of Charity.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them; may they rest in peace, Amen. (Three times)
Practice: Endeavor, every day, to perform an act of charity for the suffering souls.
Invocation: My Jesus, mercy!

NB: The Purgatorian Manual lists the indulgences attached to the Heroic Act of Charity; however, the book was printed in 1946, and since Vatican 2, the norms and grants for indulgences have changed. The indulgences listed in the book no longer apply, other than a partial indulgence given for the Requiem prayer.

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