How to avoid or shorten YOUR Purgatory time or at least TRY TO!
Purgatory is a place where Divine Justice purifies Souls before they will be allowed to enter Heaven. It is not a fun place to be. However, it is described as a sigh of relief for many for they will all see the Beatific Vision of God eventually. The duration according to many Saints could be very long. Does it have to be? What can we do now? Someday we will find ourselves in Purgatory?
Let’s look at this prayer for “Daily Neglects” and the story that goes with it to get started.
A little story about a Contemplative nun and member of the Poor Clares, an order founded by Saints Clare in the year 1212. This particular religious died and soon after appeared to her Superior. God allowed the nun to give a message to her Abbess, saying: “I went straight to heaven, using this prayer, I recited every evening.”
This story is no means a promise for any of us, but let’s be encouraged to pray it daily with hope and confidence.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
with all its love, all its sufferings, and all its merits.
First — To expiate all the sins I have committed
this day and during all my life. * Glory be to the
Father, and to the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Second — To purify the good I have done badly
this day and during all my life.
(continue with a second Glory be prayer)
Third — To supply for the good I ought to
have done, and that I have neglected,
this day and during all my life.
(Glory be )
The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by meditation of her tears and sorrows. Her seventh grace she says; I have obtained from my Divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and sorrows, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness.
The Sabbatine Privilege derived from the apocryphal Bull “Sacratissimo uti culmine” of John XXII, 3 March 1322. Blessed Mother affirmed that she would descend from Heaven to Purgatory on the Saturday after their deaths and liberate and conduct to Heaven all who were in Purgatory who had earned this privilege. From this promise of being freed from Purgatory on the following Saturday comes its name, Sabbatine Privilege, since Saturday in Latin is Sabbatum.
This Sabbatine Privilege was approved and confirmed by 16 Popes, including St. Pius V (1566). One of the most precise explanations of the assistance promised to souls in Purgatory who fulfilled the conditions of the Sabbatine Privilege is found in a decree of Pope Paul V given in the year 1613:
Those who have worn the habit [scapular], and shall have observed chastity according to their particular state of life; have recited the Little Office or, daily recitation of the 15 decades of the Rosary. Having also abstained from the use of meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays, unless the Feast of the Nativity of Our Divine Lord should fall on one of those days.
Pope Benedict XIV declared that the faithful should rely on the Sabbatine Privilege and that neither the original Bull nor the apparition of the Blessed Mother could be contested (Opera omnia, 1767).
Douay-Rheims II Machabees. XII.k46 “It is, therefore, a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.”
Here is an evident and undeniable proof of the practice of praying for the dead under the old law, which was then strictly observed by the Jews who still pray for the dead, as the book Mahzor, published by Genebrard, 1569, reveals.
Therefore, consider in earnest fostering devotion to pray daily for the souls in Purgatory they, in turn, will remember you when we suffer the same fate. Like the Sabbatine Privilege, the Thirty Gregorian Masses is a long-honored tradition of the Church that offers relief to the souls in Purgatory.
The above were only a few suggestions besides the more common ones of praying indulgenced prayers and always making reparation for past sins by accepting God’s Will.