You've heard of "Ghost Busters" - but ever hear of "Purgatory Busters"? Author Susan Tassone is one. Her latest little book, is a blueprint for becoming apostles of purgatory.
Tassone is your diminutive lady-next-door, who moonlights as a warrior. She plays a recurring drumbeat about the holy souls. This is her fifth book on the subject.
This time she writes on the saints' concern for the poor souls. It is compelling and foundational. Her sources are impressive. For instance, the Vatican's Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples wrote the preface.
And she writes in the language of ordinary Catholics: "Purgatory is an emergency entrance to heaven for those who have wasted grace on earth."
She answers questions, like, "What is the origin of All Souls Day on Nov. 2?" or "What do the holy souls suffer?"
Other useful chapters deal with the practice of Gregorian Masses, why alms-giving (those pesky charity requests that fill a mailbox) is a way of doing penance for the holy souls and for the living, too. The book is packed with brief stories of saints' devotion to the holy souls.
The reader doesn't close this book frustrated by "wanting" to do something, but not knowing where to begin. At the end the author lists pages of seasonal (not just November) "actions" to implement on behalf of the poor souls. Like, "fast on Fridays from gossiping or smoking; pray for those who have died when you read the newspaper obituary page; join a parish bereavement committee; and teach children to pray for the holy souls in their night prayers." There's even a novena taken from thoughts Pope Benedict XVI has voiced about the poor souls.
This book calls a person to supernatural charity. "... it is from us alone that the holy souls in purgatory expect relief ... we are their only resource ... heaven encourages them; we deliver them."
Purgatory Busters, unite!