Purgatory is not eternal here. Its duration varies depending on the sentence pronounced in each particular judgment. It may be prolonged for centuries in the case of more guilty souls, or of those who, being excluded from Catholic communion, are deprived of the Church's suffrages, even though they have escaped hell by divine mercy. But the end of the world, which will also be the end of time, will forever close the place of temporary atonement. God will know how to reconcile His justice and His goodness in the purification of the last members of the human race, and to supply with the intensity of expiatory suffering what might be lacking in duration. Come to us purgatory prayer . But, while it was a favorable sentenceThe month of November is dedicated to the Sacred Souls in Purgatory. The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have gone away from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of the heavens. St. Paul warns us that we must not be ignorant of the dead, nor be grieved, "even as others who have no hope... for the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven... and the dead who are in Christ shall rise again.The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have gone forever. Even in the Old Testament prayers and alms were offered to the souls of the dead by those who thought "well and religiously concerning the resurrection." It was believed that "those who had fallen asleep with godliness had great grace upon them" and that "there is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they might be freed from sins." We know that a defiled soul cannot be free from sins.