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Origin of the Daily Pilgrimage to Purgatory

IN the writings of St. Margaret Mary we find the following exhortation: "In union with the divine Heart of Jesus make a short pilgrimage to Purgatory at night. Offer Him all your activities of the day and ask Him to apply His merits to the suffering souls. At the same time implore them to obtain for you the grace to live and die in the love and friendship of this divine Heart. May He never find in you any resistance to His holy will, not any wish to thwart His designs in your regard. Fortunate will you be, if you succeed in obtaining deliverance for some of these imprisoned souls, for you will gain as many friends in heaven."

Imprimatur :  EDWARD F. HOBAN
Bishop of Rockford, August 15, 1933


The PRAYERS 


                                                    PREPARATION:
                                    (Either one of the following acts or similar one will suffice)

Prayer. O St. Margaret Mary, whom the Lord has chosen to reveal to the whole world all the treasures hidden in His merciful Heart of Love! 
O thou who hast heard how the Poor Souls in Purgatory begged for this new remedy, the devotion to the Sacred Heart which relieves them
so effectively of their torments! O thou who hast set free so many of these poor prisoners by practicing this devotion: obtain for us the grace
to make this Pilgrimage worthily in the company of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.

Unite your own intentions with those of the faithful who make this pilgrimage daily.

Consecration of the Day:

Divine Heart of Jesus, in making this pilgrimage with Thee as my Companion, I consecrate to Thee all my thoughts, words and actions of
the entire day. I pray Thee to unite my small merits with Thine and to apply them to the Poor Souls, especially the soul of Thy servant, NN______.

Likewise do I entreat you, holy souls, to help me obtain the grace to persevere in love and loyalty toward the Sacred Heart, by submitting
readily and without complaint to whatever designs He may have in my regard.

Offering. Eternal Father, we offer Thee the Blood, Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, and the sorrows of the most holy Mary and St. Joseph,
in payment for our sins, in suffrage for the holy souls in Purgatory, for the wants of our Holy Mother the Church, and for the conversion of sinners.

Amen.

Ejaculation. "May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere."

"Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, pray for us."

"St. Joseph, model and patron of those who love the Sacred Heart, pray for us."

Preparatory Meditation:  Let us for a moment, in company with the Sacred Heart, descend in spirit into the consuming flames of Purgatory. 
How many of these souls are beginning their painful imprisonment this very moment! How many of them have been there for a long t:me and
shall be there for a longer time to come! 

And what a holy legion, almost entirely purified and cleansed at the present moment, shall rise to heaven this very day!  How happy the Poor
Souls are! They have escaped hell forever. They are certain to obtain eternal happiness. They are friends of God; they are saved.

And yet, how miserable they are at the same time. They must still suffer temporal punishment for sins which have been already forgiven them.
The gates of their heavenly fatherland are still closed to them; they are sentenced to expiating fire. 

Behold them in their present plight! Listen to their lamentations! Speak to them a word of friendship and sympathy, and hasten to their assistance!


SUNDAY
Holy Souls in Purgatory, is there anything you regret when you think of your life on earth?

I deeply regret wasted time....I did not consider it so precious, so fleeting, so irretrievable.  For this reason my life was worth only half of what
it might have been. Oh, had I but realized it then! Would that I could return to earth, how differently I would use the time given me!

Precious time! Today I know how to appreciate you. You were purchased with the blood of Christ; you were given me for the sole purpose of
loving God, sanctifying myself and edifying my neighbor.

But alas! I have abused you by committing sin; I have craved vanity, pleasures and trifles; 1 have been dreaming dreams which now cause
me bitter reproaches and remorse. Precious time... Wasted time... How heavily you weigh upon me now! How it grieves me to have lost you
through my own fault! Fleeting time.... Time which passes so quickly on earth, but which drags so slowly in this prison of fire, in this place of

excruciating torments! Formerly, years seemed like days to me.

My whole life vanished like a dream.  Hours now seem like years, days like centuries.  I must now suffer, weep, and wait, until the last minute
of wasted time is redeemed.  Oh, how long shall my exile last! Irretrievable time! On earth I relied on my last years to do penance; but the
thread of my life was severed at a moment when I expected it least!

O precious time! You were given me to acquire treasures and graces without number, but now you are lost for me forever.  You, who still live
on earth, do not waste the gift of time, which has cost Jesus such a high price, and for which you too will have to suffer in Purgatory if you
imitate our carelessness.  You, who are privileged to live during a time which is preeminently devoted to the Sacred Heart, during these last

centuries when He has revealed to the world His love in its fullness:  intercede for us that we may obtain the merits of at least one of these
days, in which His grace is so freely and abundantly offered you.

Pious Exercises

Resolution.--Today I will do everything possible to assist the souls of priests, religious and all those in Purgatory who have been faithful to
this devotion all their lives. I also recommend myself to those who are entering heaven at this moment.

Tbought for the day. -- The sufferings of the souls in Purgatory are so great that a single day appears to them like a thousand years.

Exercise. -- Use a few moments of your time to make ejaculations in honor of the divine Heart for the comfort and consolation of the Poor
Souls.

Special Intention. -- lmplore the Divine Heart of Jesus to grant relief to the most forsaken soul in Purgatory.

Motive. -- The greater the abandonment of a soul, the greater will be its gratitude towards you. It will obtain for you the privilege never to
be forsaken by God through the withdrawal of His grace, and never to abandon Him by committing sin.

Prayer. -- Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in the garden, deliver the souls in
Purgatory and especially that soul which is most destitute of spiritual aid; and vouchsafe to bring it to Thy glory, there to praise and bless
Thee forever. Amen.

Our Father... Hail Mary

(Any form of prayer for the Poor Souls may be used.)

De Profundis    Psalm 129:

Out of the depths I have cried unto Thee, O
Lord: Lord hear my voice. Let Thine ears be
attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark out iniquities:
O Lord, who can abide it!
For with Thee there is mercy; and by reason
of Thy law I have waited on Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath waited on His word; my soul
hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even unto night: let
Israel hope in the Lord.
For with the Lord there is mercy; and with
Him is plenteous redemption.
And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give them, O Lord.

R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.

Ejaculation.--Sweet Heart of Jesus, make me love Thee ever more and more.

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MONDAY
Holy Souls in Purgatory, is there anything you regret when you think of your life on earth?

I deeply regret my extravagance in the use of earthly possessions.... My fortune, my health, my talent, my position in the world, the influence
I had, my relatives, my servants, in a word, everything could have been of spiritual benefit to me if only I had known how to use it for the
greater honor of the Divine Heart.

How many graces could I have drawn upon myself! This I neglected to do, and at the hour of my death, all my possessions have come to
naught. Oh, were I but rich today in these my former possessions! Would that I could use them to hasten, even for one moment, the hour of
my deliverance; to increase, even by one degree, the glory which God has in store for me; to awaken, if only in one soul now living in the
world, the devotion to the divine Heart of Jesus.

My friends, whose fortunes are still at your disposal, use them for the support of your neighbor by generously giving alms to the poor. Use
them for the greater honor of God as pious offerings designated for the propagation of the devotion to His Sacred Heart throughout the
world.

Pious Exercises

Resolution. -- Today I will do everything possible to assist the souls of the faithful departed from all parts of Europe. I also recommend myself
to those who are entering heaven at this moment.

Tboughts for the day:  "The gates of heaven are opened by alms" (St. John Chrysostom, 32 in Ep. ad Heb.)

Exercise.-- Give alms for the propagation of the devotion to the divine Heart of Jesus

Special Intention. -- Pray for the soul which is nearest to heaven.

Motive. -- The closer a soul is to the end of its sufferings, the more ardently will it long for union with the Sacred Heart. Remove, therefore,
by your prayers, the obstacles still in its way. In return, it will obtain for you the grace to sever the ties which now prevent you from giving
yourself entirely to God.

Prayer. -- O Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy Divine Son Jesus shed in His cruel scourging, deliver the
souls in Purgatory and that soul especially which is nearest to its entrance into Thy glory; that so it may forthwith begin to praise and bless
Thee forever. Amen.

Our Father... Hail Mary.

Ejaculation. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!

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TUESDAY
Holy Souls in Purgatory, is there anything you regret when you think of your life on earth? 

I deeply regret my neglect of so many splendid graces! They have been offered to me in such abundance, at every moment of my life and
with such loving admonitions... Spiritual regeneration, vocation and sacraments; word of God, holy inspirations and good examples; graces
to protect me in danger, to help me in temptations; the grace of forgiveness for my sins, of indulgences so easily gained .... What an
incalculable number of the most varied graces!  Some of them I have refused; others I have accepted with coldness; unfortunately, I have
misused most of them. I have preferred earthly possessions to the eternal.

How I have deceived myself!  Oh, could I but for one moment quench my thirst at the fountains of mercy, flowing from the Sacred Heart!
Unfortunately these fountains are spurned by sinners, as they were by me. You, who behold the inexhaustible stream of graces flow by, why
do you not draw from it a few drops for yourself! Consider what St. Margaret Mary says: "It is certain that everyone on earth could obtain
salutary graces without number, if he but had a grateful love for Jesus Christ, such as is manifested by those who love and venerate His
Sacred Heart."

Pious Exercises

Resolution. -- Today I will do everything possible to assist the souls of the faithful departed from all parts of Asia, particularly from Palestine
and from countries infested with idolatry, schism and heresy. I also recommend myself to those who are entering heaven at this moment.

Thought for the day -- "The benefit of a single grace is greater than all the material value of the whole world." (St. Thomas I-II, Q.113, Sec. 9, A. 2).

Exercise. -- In order to relieve the Poor Souls of their sufferings, I shall offer them today, by way of suffrage, the benefit of some indulgence
gained by prayers or some devotional exercise in honor of the divine Heart of Jesus.

Special Intention. -- Pray for the soul in Purgatory which is farthest from eternal rest.

Motive. -- Let yourself be moved by the abandonment, resignation and humility with which that soul bears its long suffering; it will be grateful
to you. Happy will you be, if it obtains for you the virtue of humility in this world, so that you may be exalted in the next.

Prayer.-- O Lord Almighty, I pray Thee by the Precious Blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in the bitter crowning of thorns, deliver the
souls in Purgatory, and in particular that soul which would be the last to depart out of this place of suffering, that it may not tarry so long before
it comes to praise Thee in Thy glory and bless Thee for ever. Amen

Our Father.... Hail Mary.

Ejaculation.  Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ in satisfaction for my sins and in supplication for the Holy souls
in Purgatory, and for the needs of the Holy Church.

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WEDNESDAY
Holy Souls in Purgatory, is there anything you regret when you think of your life on earth? 

I deeply regret the evil which I have done. In the world, evil seemed so easy, so pleasant. In the midst of pleasures I silenced the voice of
conscience. Today my faults weigh me down; their bitterness torments me; their memory persecutes and torment me. Mortal sins, forgiven,
but not atoned for, venial sins, small imperfections. Too late to detest you in Purgatory! Just punishment must now take its course. 

Oh, if I could return to life again! No promise, be it ever so tempting, no riches, no flattery, could induce me to commit even the smallest sin! 
My friends, you who are still free to choose between God and the world, gaze upon the crown of thorns, upon the cross, upon all the sufferings
which your sins have brought upon the Sacred Heart! Think of the sorrow which these sins and faults will come to you in Purgatory and you will
be able to avoid them without effort. 

If you long for the grace to resist Satan when he tempts you, consider what St. Margaret Mary says: "I cannot believe that persons consecrated
to this divine Heart will ever be lost; neither do I believe that they will fall into the hands of Satan by committing a mortal sin, after having given

themselves entirely to Him. For they will make every effort to honor, love and glorify this divine Heart, and to follow His designs in their regard
willingly and without reserve."

Pious Exercises

Resolution.-- Today I will do everything possible to assist the souls of the faithful departed from Africa, particularly from those countries in Africa
which were formerly Catholic, and are now returning to our holy Faith. I also recommend myself to those who are entering heaven at this moment.

Tbougbt for the day.-- "What doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul!" (Math. 16:25).

Exercise. -- Make an act of contrition in union with the souls in Purgatory, before a picture of the Sacred Heart.

Special intention. -- Pray for the soul richest in merits.

Motive. -- The more exalted a soul is in heaven, the more effective will be its request for true love of God for you, without which there is no real
merit.

Prayer. -- O Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy Divine Son Jesus shed in the streets of Jerusalem, when He
carried the Cross upon His sacred shoulders, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and especially that soul which is richest in merits before Thee,
that so, in that throne of glory which awaits it, it may magnify Thee and bless Thee forever.  Amen.

Our Father.... Hail Mary.

Ejaculation. -- Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.  Jesus, Mary, Joseph, assist me in my last agony.  Jesus, Mary, Joseph,
may I breathe forth my  soul in peace with you.

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THURSDAY
Holy Souls in Purgatory, is there anything you regret when you think of your life on earth? 

I deeply regret the scandal which I have given! Oh, if I had to grieve over my own faults only... If only I would have prevented, in the hour of
my health, the disastrous consequences of the scandal of which I was the cause.  If only I could detain from this place of darkness the many
souls that followed my sad example and listened to my pernicious teachings!

But no! Through my fault the evil goes on, and perhaps, will spread over a period of years and centuries. And now I have to give an account
of all the sins for which I am to blame!  Oh, were I but able to let my sad words resound unto the ends of the earth and to wander through the
world as a preacher of penance!  With what untiring zeal would I labor among souls in order to estrange them from evil and return them to virtue. 

O you my friends on earth, who come to visit me in this dark prison in order to let a ray of salutary light shine upon me: you shall find in the
Sacred Heart the surest and easiest way of bringing back to God as many souls as I have led into sin by bad example!  Tell them that "this
divine Heart is a fortress and a sanctuary for those who desire to escape divine justice by seeking refuge in Him.  For the number of sins
committed at the present time is so great, that they challenge a just Creator to punish the sinner swiftly and severely.

Pious Exercises

Resolution. -- Today I will do everything possible to assist the souls of the faithful departed from North and South America, especially those
from my native town. I also recommend myself to those who are entering heaven at this moment.

Thought for the day. -- The Son of Man will render to everyone according to his works. (Matt. 16:27)

Exercise. -- Give to someone a picture or a book treating of the Sacred Heart.

Special Intention -- Pray for the soul which had the greatest devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Motive. -- That soul will obtain for you the grace to receive Holy Communion worthily at the hour of death as a pledge of your eternal salvation.

Prayer. -- O Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee, by the Precious Blood of Thy divine Son Jesus, which He gave with His own hands upon the eve
of His Passion to His beloved Apostles to be their food and drink, and which He left to His whole Church to be a perpetual sacrifice and
life-giving food of His own faithful people, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and especially that one which was most devoted to this mystery of
infinite love, that it may with Thy same, divine Son, and with Thy Holy Spirit, ever praise Thee for Thy love therein in eternal glory.  Amen.

Our Father.... Hail Mary.

Ejaculation. -- My Jesus! Mercy!

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FRIDAY
Holy Souls in Purgatory, is there anything you regret when you think of your life on earth? 

I deeply regret my neglect of acts of mortification. How easy they would have been on earth, but how difficult they are now in Purgatory. Here
the smallest suffering is more poignant than the most cruel torments on earth. In the world it meant only patience and resignation in the hard-
ships and adversities of my life; it meant only giving from my surplus to the poor, and devoting myself to works of atonement; it meant only
gaining indulgences and performing works of piety. Nothing could have been easier, and my Purgatory would have been shortened considerably. 

If God would but grant me the grace to exchange the years during which I must still remain in this place of sorrow for as many years of life on
earth! No commands would be too severe for me; no pains could frighten me; the most difficult works of penance would be sweet and give
me comfort at the thought of this consuming fire. 

You who now smart under the insignificant trials and hardships of this life! You who now earn your daily bread by the sweat of your brow,
rejoice! The smallest suffering endured in the spirit of atonement and offered to the Sacred Heart in the spirit of expiation, will save you from
a long and painful Purgatory.

Pious Exercises

Resolution. -- Today I will do everything  possible to assist the souls of the faithful departed from the far distant countries of Oceania, particularly
from the most difficult, severely tried Catholic mission districts. I also recommend myself to those who am entering heaven at this moment.


Thought for the day. -- "Bring forth therefore worthy fruits of penance." (Luke 3:8).

Exercise. -- Offer to the Sacred Heart a little act of mortification for the relief of the suffering souls in Purgatory.

Special Intention. -- Pray for the souls for which you are most bound to pray.

Motive. -- lf you are indebted to these souls by an obligation of justice, do not postpone it, because this may call down the wrath of God upon

yourself.

Prayer. -- O Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy divine Son shed on this day upon the wood of the cross,
especially from His most sacred hands and feet, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and in particular that soul for which I am most bound to pray;
that no neglect of mine may hinder it from praising Thee in Thy glory and blessing Thee forever.  Amen.

Out Father.... Hail Mary.

Ejaculation. -- Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.

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SATURDAY

Holy Souls in Purgatory, is there anything you regret when you think of your life on earth? 

I deeply regret the little amount of charity I have shown towards the Poor Souls during my life on earth ... I could have been of such great
service to them, since a Catholic can bring so much light and peace to these poor, suffering prisoners. I could have helped them by my
prayers, mortifications, alms, good works, holy Communions and holy Masses, the latter, either by having them said for the Poor Souls
or by attending them, especially those celebrated in honor of the Sacred Heart. I would have obtained numerous graces which would have
made it easier for me to avoid sin. 

Moreover, I would have deserved a much shorter and less painful Purgatory, and now I would receive a much greater share in the prayers
which were said for us wherever there are Catholics.  Oh, could I but return to the world to help the Poor Souls! I certainly would interest myself
in their sad plight! What devout prayers would I say for them! How solicitous I would be to awaken in the faithful the most tender sympathy and
pity for them!

Pious Exercises

Resolution. -- Today I will do everything possible to assist the souls of the faithful departed from the mission fields of Melanesia and Micronesia
(New Ireland, New Britain, the Solomon, Gilbert and Marshall Islands and New Guinea).  I also recommend myself to those who are entering
heaven at this moment.

Thougth for the day. -- Thus spoke the guilt-burdened brothers of innocent Joseph one to another: "We deserve to suffer these things, because
we have sinned against out brother, seeing the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore, is this affliction
come upon us." (Gen. 42, 21).

Exercise. -- Spread, as much as possible, the devotion "Daily Pilgrimage to Purgatory."  The Poor Souls will be grateful to you.

Special Intention. -- Pray for the soul which had the greatest devotion to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

Motive. -- In doing so you cause the Mother of God great delight; she will obtain for you, through the intercession of this soul, the grace of a
true devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Prayer. -- O Lord God Almighty, I beseech Thee, by the Precious Blood, which gushed forth from the side of Thy Divine Son Jesus, in the sight
of, and to the extreme pain of His most holy Mother, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and especially that soul which was the most devout to Our
Lady of the Sacred Heart and Queen of Heaven; that it may soon attain unto Thy glory, there to praise Thee in her, and her in Thee, world
without end. Amen.

Our Father.... Hail Mary.

Ejaculation. -- Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, pray for us!