I believe in the Church's teachings, that the souls of purgatory have no recourse to heaven except through our prayers and the prayers of the Saints. I encourage all Catholics to remembers the souls in purgatory in their prayers. Even the simple prayer - Father in heaven, have mercy on the souls in purgatory, especially those who are most forsaken - has the power to release a soul to be with God.
I created a Facebook Page that includes a Chaplet prayer for the Souls in Purgatory.
Sisters of the Road
There are any number of devoted, ingenious, effective organizations in Portland, Oregon that serve the needy.
Sisters of the Road is a remarkable example in that the organization is very self-aware, tailoring its methods and methods, even reconfiguring is structure to become a true collective.
Sisters of The Road offers great return and realization on one's charitable donations, operating a Cafe, providing the indigent with life's necessities and, moreover, advocating for their rights.
St. Stephen Catholic Church
One's mission begins with one's relationship with God, and expands to one's family and community, and one's church.
I was baptized and confirmed at St. Stephen Catholic Church and I feel a strong duty and desire to helping it to grow and thrive. I have been lucky in being allowed to serve in various capacities and I am grateful for those opportunities. I urge all Catholics to get involved in their church, offering themselves to do whatever work is at hand.
Stations of the Cross
While the Church does not require members to perform the Stations, I cannot recommend this practice too highly. I try and perform the Stations once a month. It has proven to be a tremendous support in the growth of my understanding of our Lord, and in developing my relationship with him.
We practice the Stations outlined by St. Alfonsus Liguori during Lent. My individual practice is an abbreviated, contemplative variation, such as many authorities suggest.
Union Gospel Mission
What is good, what is just, is holy in the eyes of the Lord. Union Gospel Mission, located here in Portland, Oregon, is organized to serve men and women recovering from addiction while also helping the homeless and needy. Besides providing necessities, UGM staff and volunteers treat the homeless as friends, with warmth, concern, and respect. That, to my way of thinking, is the greatest gift of all, and UGM excels at spreading the news of a righteous love to all who serve there and are served.
The Rosary and the Bible
One can praise the Rosary and one can praise the Bible. Or, why not praise both? Praying the Rosary is a remembrance, reflection, and personal encounter with the key events of New Testament. Reading the Bible on one's own as well as participating via Mass is, of course, an enactment of one's relationship with the living Word.
Reading and praying though - these are actions, or works. We cannot afford to simply acknowledge what we believe, but we must live it.
We are called to suffer and to respond to suffering. To share and to sacrifice. To die in the life of Jesus Christ.
We can be sure that we will be judged not merely for the bad we did not do, but for the good we chose to do. We can never afford not to answer the call to help others, especially the poor, the broken.
How we do this is a choice. I could link to a thousand organizations. Instead, I will promise to do more.
We blog, and we have the WordOpen project, and, besides, we are inclined to produce books and other publications.
These are inexpensive pocket-sized paperbacks that reflect the themes, concerns, and ideas that occur throughout OpenCatholic.