This requires a degree of heroism that I don't possess. I believe those who make the Heroic Act have a special calling, and when I considered it, it just didn't seem right for me. Instead, I pray for the souls in Purgatory every day, and have Masses said for their souls every month. I feel this is the very least I can do, and I want to share a story with you about the importance of not neglecting our duty toward the souls in Purgatory.
St Antonius, the illustrious Archbishop of Florence, relates that a pious gentleman had died, who was a great friend of the Dominican Convent in which the saint resided. Many Masses and suffrages were offered for his soul. After a long time, the soul of the deceased appeared to St. Antoninus, suffering excruciating pains.It is well to remember the words of Our Lord:
"Oh, my dear friend," exclaimed the Archbishop, "are you still in Purgatory, you who led such a pious and devout life?"
"Yes, and I shall remain there for a long time still, " replied the poor sufferer, "for when on earth, I neglected to offer suffrages for the souls in Purgatory. Now, God, by a just judgment has applied the suffrages which have been offered for me to those souls for whom I should have prayed."
"But God, too, in His justice will give me all the merits of my good works when I enter heaven: but first of all, I have to expiate my grave neglect in regard to others."
Luke 6:38 "For the measure you give will be the measure you get back."