It is common practice for Catholics to pray for the souls in Purgatory but what about if you’re not sure whether a particular soul made it there at all? We have no way of knowing for certain the destination of any soul but especially the souls of our non-Catholic friends and relatives. Once someone has passed on, maybe years or decades or centuries ago, isn’t it too late to help save them from the possibility of going to hell? Absolutely not: God exists outside time and so our prayers can transcend the barriers of time also. We can’t pray for the souls in hell but we can pray for last-minute conversions and for graces to be granted retrospectively before souls reach hell. And now I have realised, thanks to this article (thank you so much Melissa), that we can even pray for our own little suffering selves in the past to ease the current consequences of our childhood traumas.