The soul departed, before the judgment seat of God, is enlightened with a perfect knowledge of the purity and sanctity of her Divine Judge, clearly perceiving the stains with which she is sullied, and her extreme unworthiness of union with God. The thought that I have offended God who is eternal beauty and perfection; I am not yet worthy to appear before the face of the Lord, who is infinitely holy, not worthy to take possession of my dwelling place in Heaven - is the greatest sorrow of the suffering soul.
Much more clearly than during their earthly lives do these holy souls comprehend the perfections of God, and love Him above all things; therefore, the thought of having offended Him is a piercing sorrow, which surpasses all their other sufferings.
St. Ambrose tells us that there is no greater agony than the remorse of conscience caused by sin. There are examples on record, of men who died from the effects of this vehement sorrow. Yet, how much more intense must be the contrition of the suffering souls, who fully understand the great malice of sin! We know by our own experience that the depths of sorrow for having offended a person is equal to the love we bear him. The holy souls in Purgatory, being inflamed with a perfect love of God, their perfect contrition for sin is their greatest sorrow.
Prayer: O God, Father of grace and mercy! Graciously regard the deep sorrow of the suffering souls in Purgatory. Deign to accept their love, and grant them remission of their punishment, that, united with Thee, they may praise Thy goodness forever. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Special Intercession: Pray for the souls who, while on earth, loved God most ardently.
Lord grant them eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. (Three times.)
Practice: Try to make an act of perfect contrition for your sins.
Invocation: My Jesus, mercy!