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Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory

02/06/2013 Comments (130)

Praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory--even referring to them that way, in fact--can seem like a quaint, old-fashioned, pre-Vatican II approach to Catholicism. It can feel like a made up sort of devotion, the kind of thing you tell your kids when they don't know what to do with themselves.

Susan Tassone's new book, Prayers, Promises, and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012), though, the latest in a long line of books devoted to the topic of praying for the souls in Purgatory, has a feel of a book that's been passed down. That doesn't keep it from being relevant, though, and completely accessible to modern readers.

Tassone has approached the topic in a way that those who feel rather lost by the phrase "souls in Purgatory" will appreciate. She's also assembled prayers and devotions that aren't often seen together.

Throughout the book, Tassone explains the importance of a devotion to the souls in Purgatory and even succeeds in making them real people. She has taken difficult Catholic concepts and used the beauty of existing devotions--from novenas to psalms to ancient prayers--to bring them to life.

Whether you read this book cover-to-cover or find it a dog-eared companion as you struggle to put its suggestions to work, it's a good addition to your Catholic bookshelf. 

To catch more about Susan and her book, tune into EWTN's Bookmark program which airs every Sunday, 9:30 AM & 11:30 PM ET; Monday, 5 AM ET; Wednesday, 5:30 PM ET

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Dan Burke is an award-winning author, writer, and speaker on Catholic spirituality, sharing a contagious love for Jesus and His Church. Dan serves as the Executive Director and writer for EWTN'S National Catholic Register and is a regular co-host on Register Radio in addition to his appearances on many other EWTN television and radio programs. Dan is the president of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and he is the creator of Divine Intimacy Radio and Above all, Dan is a grateful husband and father of four and a student sitting at the feet of His Master.