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All Souls Book Recommendations
All Souls Book Recommendations

Five books and DVDs for the month of All Souls

Since Purgatory ranks right up there with Mary among the most misunderstood doctrines of the Catholic Church, we’ve put together a list of resources to you both understand and explain Purgatory and praying for the dead during the month of November.

First on the list is an older book originally published in French. Purgatory and the Means to Avoid It was printed in English in 1949 after going through multiple printings in France. Some of the things you’ll learn:

  • Why Purgatory is not a “temporary hell”
  • Why true mercy and justice require the existence of Purgatory
  • Why we can’t know how long any soul will be in Purgatory
  • What we can do to help the souls in Purgatory
  • How we can avoid or lessen our time in Purgatory
  • (And a whole lot more)
Purgatory - And The Means To Avoid It
Purgatory – And The Means To Avoid It

 

St. Catherine of Genoa is one of the saints most associated with Purgatory. In the early 1500’s she wrote a short work called On Purgation and Purgatory. This book has been reprinted many times and is now available in English as Fire of Love.

This small book isn’t even 100 pages long but contains a very clear presentation of Catholic teaching:

  • Why the souls in Purgatory are actually happy
  • Why the existence of Purgatory shows God’s mercy
  • How spiritual hunger is different for souls in Purgatory than souls in Hell
  • Why we need Purgatory
Fire of Love - Understanding Purgatory
Fire of Love – Understanding Purgatory

 

Some of the arguments that Protestants make against Purgatory is that it isn’t in the Bible (because Luther got rid of Macabees) and that it wasn’t taught in the early Church. Jimmy Akin is one of the best modern apologists when it comes to showing how the early Church Fathers were Catholic and not Protestant.

His book, The Fathers Know Best – Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church is an encyclopedia of Catholic teaching from the writings of the early Church. The section on Purgatory is only a few pages long but includes quotes from around 150 through the late 400’s. The quotes come from Tertullian, St. Cyprian, St. Cyril, St. Gregory and many others, including the words from an inscription in the catacombs c. 150 asking for prayers after death.

The Fathers Know Best
The Fathers Know Best

 

If you would prefer to watch a video about Purgatory, the recently released Purgatory – The Forgotten Church is our recommendation. This dvd features interviews with several Catholic scholars including Cardinal George on Purgatory as well as beautiful footage of Catholic art and architecture. Watch the trailer:

 

Purgatory - The Forgotten Churc
Purgatory – The Forgotten Church

While the previous books and dvds are mostly about what Purgatory is, during the month of the Holy Souls, it is especially good to know what we can do for those who are there. Susan Tassone has written a wonderful devotional to use while you pray the rosary. The Rosary for the Holy Souls in Purgatory is a scriptural rosary to pray for the intention of relieving the suffering of the Holy Souls. Cardinal George wrote the introduction.

The Rosary for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
The Rosary for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

 

Don’t forget that all of our books about Purgatory and the Holy Souls are 20% during November!

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Ian

Ian Rutherford is the President and founder of AquinasAndMore.com, one of the largest and oldest on-line Catholic stores.

He lives with his lovely wife and eleven kids in northern Colorado.
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