The Heroic Act is quite similar to Total Consecration, in that we deliver the satisfactory value of all our works to Our Lord through Our Blessed Mother, but here the focus is on assisting the Holy Souls. To make the act with real heroism, we should be willing, as the Saints showed us, even to have a longer Purgatory ourselves, if we can better succor others in Purgatory, and aid those on earth as well. That may be frightening, but the good news is, God very often rewards those who sincerely make the act with no Purgatory at all! "The Heroic Act consists in offering to God in favor of the Souls in Purgatory all the works of satisfaction we practice during life and all the suffrages that will be offered for us after death. If God rewards so abundantly the most trifling alms given to a poor man in His name, what an immense reward will He not give to those who offer all their works of satisfaction in life and death for the Souls He loves so dearly. This Act does not prevent Priests from offering Mass for the intentions they wish, or lay people from praying for any persons or other intentions they desire. We counsel everyone to make this act ... St. Gertrude was fiercely tempted by the devil when she came to die. The evil spirit reserves a dangerous and subtle temptation for our last moments. As he could find no other ruse sufficiently clever with which to assail the Saint, he thought to disturb her beautiful peace of soul by suggesting that she would surely remain long years in the awful fires of Purgatory since, he reminded her, she had long ago made over all her suffrages to other souls. But Our Blessed Lord, not content with sending His Angels and the thousands of souls she had released to assist her, came Himself in person to drive away Satan and comfort His dear Saint. He told St. Gertrude that in exchange for all she had done for the Holy Souls, He would take her straight to Heaven and would multiply a hundredfold all her merits." http://www.sufferingsouls.com/part3.htm It is impossible every soul we help will not want to help us much more. It is impossible that God, Who is so Good and Generous, will not give so much more to those who are truly good and generous to Him. But we must have firm and living faith and charity that believes these Truths and lives them. If we make the Act, every day of our life must be consecrated and dedicated to making offerings to Jesus and Mary to save souls. The CE on the heroicity of the Heroic Act and the Indulgences the Popes had granted to Priests and Laity. "The practice of the Heroic Act is based on the communion of saints, in virtue of which the good deeds of one member of Christ's body benefit all other members. Its meritoriousness results from the more intense charity (love of God and His suffering friends) which inspires it, and on which the intrinsic perfection of all our good deeds depends. Its heroicity arises from the willingness it involves to take upon one's self the dreadful pains of purgatory for the love of one's neighbour, although there remains the reasonable hope that God in His goodness, and the sainted souls in their gratitude, will not allow the punishment to be exacted to the full. The Heroic Act has been enriched with numerous indulgences by Benedict XIII (1728), Pius VI (1788), and Pius IX (1852). Priestswho make it receive the personal privilege of gaining a plenary indulgence for a soul of their choice each time they say Mass (see PRIVILEGED ALTAR). Laymen gain a similar indulgence each time they receive Holy Communion, also each Monday they hear Mass for the departed; in both cases the usual visit to a church and prayers for the intention of the pope are required. Any formula for the Heroic Act can be used, but Catholic Tradition has a common one, to Jesus through Mary. http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/heroic-act.htm "O MY GOD! for Thy greater glory, and to imitate as closely as possible the generous Heart of Jesus, my Redeemer, and also to testify my devotion to the Blessed Virgin, my Mother, who is also the Mother of the Souls in Purgatory, I place in her hands all my satisfactory works, as well as the fruit of all those which may be offered for my intention after my death, that she may apply them to the Souls in Purgatory according to her wisdom and good pleasure. Amen." Imagine gaining an Indulgence each time we receive Holy Communion. We could liberate thousands of souls over a lifetime, if we practiced this devotion fervently. Priests could liberate several tens of thousands. If tens of thousands of Priests and Faithful made it, millions more would be saved every daily Mass. So, we must try to practice the Heroic Act as best we can, and encourage others to do so. Have you made or would recommend making this Act?