Since our souls possess the three faculties of will, memory, and intellect, we can be sure that those we have known and loved here on earth, and who may now be in Purgatory, do retain memories of us. How appreciative they must be to know that our love for them continues when we assuage their pains and speed their flight into heaven with our prayers and sacrifices.
I can tell you that I personally have felt the request for the aid of my prayers from deceased souls. Haven’t you?
Perhaps I may write a little of this later on. Right now, we have to get settled back into our groove after a very nice and extended vacation.
Would you in your charity, please take a moment right now to pray for the poor, helpless, suffering souls who long to be with Our Lord?
O Lord, who art ever merciful and bounteous with Thy gifts, look down upon the suffering souls in purgatory. Remember not their offenses and negligences, but be mindful of Thy loving mercy, which is from all eternity. Cleanse them of their sins and fulfill their ardent desires that they may be made worthy to behold Thee face to face in Thy glory. May they soon be united with Thee and hear those blessed words which will call them to their heavenly home: “Come, blessed of My Father, take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
edit: And, yes, heaven, hell and purgatory are places. Jesus didn’t say, “Come, blessed of My Father, enter into a state of mind.” I had to make this amendment due to what I recently heard a priest say when he denied a locality to the afterlife.