On Holy Saturday, when Jesus descended to the realm of the dead to preach to the spirits imprisoned there, let us remember to continue praying for the dead.
Many of our friends and family died in the friendship of God, yet were not perfect (no?). They are completing the perfection of their souls on the other side of death (where else would an imperfect deceased person complete it?). Our prayers can help them because the prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective. Let us help those who are having their souls purged of their imperfections in purge-atory so that they may quickly enter into the beatific vision.