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During this month dedicated to the poor souls, faithful Catholics should redouble their efforts to assist their dearly departed by making spiritual offerings on their behalf, which include prayers, sacrifices, alms and indulgences. These offerings, especially indulgences, lessen the intensity and duration of the stay their loved one experiences in Purgatory, where they are being purified in preparation for their entrance into Heaven.
Soliciting the Church's intervention on behalf of the dead wasn't invented by the Catholic Church but inherited from the Jews, as 2 Maccabees 12:43–46 shows
: "And making a gathering, he sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead. ... It is, therefore, a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins."
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