The Urgency of Praying for Sinners

I want to tell you why I pray more for the sinners on earth than the souls in purgatory.

On Earth, everyone still can make a choice about good or bad.  That’s why I have a special devotion to praying for poor sinners.  I want to help the sinners get to Heaven.  I want them to repent before they die, to love God and to make right choices.  Right choices lead to Heaven.

Once we die, we’ve already made a choice whether to love God or not.  That choice determines whether we go to Heaven or Hell.  By praying for sinners, we have a chance to save sinners.

The souls in purgatory are already destined for Heaven. It’s good to pray for them so they can get to Heaven and be with God earlier.  So we can pray for them too.

But my urgent goal is to redirect sinners’ course away from Hell so I’m sure they can be with God later.  If they are in purgatory, I will still pray for them, but I want to get as many sinners as I can on the road towards Heaven.

For Jesus said, “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” Luke 15:7


2 thoughts on “The Urgency of Praying for Sinners

  1. Good point! It definitely is beneficial to pray for a conversion of people’s hearts.

    I guess I feel a strong pull toward praying for the souls in Purgatory, since while they are on the road to heaven, they are in pain (Purgatory is a fiery place, although not as fiery as hell… at least, according to the saints’ writings). I don’t like to think of souls languishing in pain, especially because they are not allowed to pray for themselves – they can only pray for each other and those of us on earth. So, they rely totally on our prayers to get them out of the fire of Purgatory sooner.

    Have you heard of the Prayer of St. Gertrude? It specifically addresses all – “the Holy Souls of Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family.” There is a Chaplet of the Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great, which can also be said… instead of the Hail Mary’s on the Rosary, the Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great is said on those beads.

    Great post, and definitely check out the St. Gertrude prayer… it was a prayer reportedly dictated to her by Christ, with a promise to release 1,000 souls from Purgatory each time it is said!


    1. Isn’t the Body of Christ an amazing thing?! We each have our own particular callings and devotions. We each have a specific function, a job that’s especially our own. Some have an affinity for the souls in purgatory, others for sinners. Some have a devotion to the guardian angels, others to patron saints. Some pray endless rosaries while others pray every novena. We can’t each do everything. But together we do it all. We are so beautiful and strong in our differencs! Thank you so much for sharing your devotion, and we will be sure to pull the St. Gertrude prayer back out!

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