I recently learned about the Association of the Seven Helpers of the Holy Souls, begun on Nov. 2, 2007 by two "ordinary Catholics". Their aim in starting this worthy and inspired initiative is relief for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and personal sanctification of members--all for the glory of God.
Members of the Association dedicate one day of the week to alleviate the suffering of the Souls in Purgatory. As of December, 2009 the Association has 260+ members from over 20 countries and the founders are hoping to increase the number of members to 500 by the end of 2010.
In 1997 seven people in Australia started offering up one day of the week for the relief of the Souls in Purgatory. The true story of Muriel and the apparent fruit of her faithfulness in helping the faithful departed was the inspiration to start this international Association of the Seven Helpers of the Holy Souls.
"Muriel was ill in bed. As is the case with many poor souls on their deathbed, she was was a little afraid. Suddenly, there were hundreds of people walking past her bed. The crowds were coming out of the woods. She asked, "Who are you?" and a voice replied, "They are your Holy Souls, Muriel. They have come to thank you." They nodded at her in acknowledgement. They wanted her to keep praying for them, and not to forget them. They still needed prayers.
"She did not know any of the souls. She was surprised at that. There seemed to her hundreds of soldiers from the trenches of the First World War. There were a bride and groom together; all types of people from all walks of life. Some were from many years ago in olden day dress, and some were more recent."
~ To learn more about the Association
and to read Muriel's inspiring story in its entirety click here. ~