Devout assistance at Holy Mass can satisfy our temporal debt for sin

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Some really hopeful quotes from Fr. Martin von Cochem’s Explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, on how devout assistance at Mass is so very pleasing to God and efficacious of Grace it can wipe out most or even all of our temporal debt due to sin. Of course, offering Masses is also by far the best way to free the holy souls in Purgatory:

St. Augustine says, “Although the fire of Purgatory is not eternal, it is marvellously intense, and inflicts worse pain than any ever suffered in this world. No physical suffering can equal it, not even the fearful tortures the martyrs endured.”  No if, after hearing this, we read in the lives of the Saints of the cruel tortures they underwent, we may form some faint conception of the awful nature of the pains of Purgatory.

According to St. Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria, it would…

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