Even deceased persons who were Catholic, are not given the Sacrament of the Sick while they lay dying or even a Catholic Mass after they died as their family does not believe in that.
How many countless souls are there abandoned by their families and friends with indifference, ignorance or unbelief in God!!
And don’t just pray on the Feast of All Souls – but every day!
One day we will undoubtfully find ourselves there!
The opening lines from Hungry Souls came home to the point of purgatory and the misinformation that is given in some religions as to what happens after death. Sin seems to be a dirty word nowadays. To mention sin is to live olden times… that’s ‘old school’ we are told, we don’t believe that anymore... and so on.
Well, I hate to break their fantasy bubble, but PURGATORY IS REAL AND SO IS HELL!
|St. Pope John Paul II|
It is not an accumulation of learning, through a series of “reincarnations”, until some point of perfect wisdom is reached, as in the fantasy of some Western New Age disciples. Such are childish attempts to suppress man’s deep awareness that the basic dimension determining his destiny in the new world is not knowledge or experience but moral purity: sin, and the traces it leaves on the soul, versus holiness.
The prevailing cheap optimism hold that (if there is anything at all across the threshold of death) the life of practically everybody automatically ends up in a state of bliss.
De-christianed and inwardly impoverished Western man may acknowledge having his imperfections and shortcomings but doesn’t look upon himself as sinful. To him, atonement for or purification from sin is a “medieval” idea.
|St. Catherine of Genoa|
Excerpt above taken from: A Treatise on Purgatory by St. Catherine of Genoa
|St. Bridgett of Sweden|
“A fire like that of hell”: in the opinion of St. Thomas, the proper fires of Purgatory and Hell are one and the same –
“You in the world have no inkling of what we have to suffer! Being abandoned and forgotten by those who have been nearest to us in the world: that is most bitter. Sometimes they stand at the tombs of our decayed bodies and don’t pray for us at all. They are as if we don’t exist anymore. God’s justice commands us to be silent. But we stand at the door of their houses, of our former dwellings, and wait. We stand there and wait. Days, years. We wait for them to give us a small sign of their love by prayer and sacrifices. But we stay there in vain. We cry in vain for love. For help! Tell them through the priest: Love should not die at death. We are still alive and we are hungry for love!! For your love!”
Devotion to the Poor Souls by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
On their side, the Poor Souls are united with us in the one Kingdom of Christ. They can pray and obtain blessings for us here on earth. They are united, as the Second Vatican Council teaches, with the pilgrim Church in the Communion of Saints.
We are therefore encouraged to invoke their aid, with a confidence of being heard by those who understand our needs. They know from their own experience what it means to carry the cross here on earth.
On our side we are to do everything we can to help the Poor Souls in the Church Suffering. The sufferings in purgatory are not the same for all. They depend on each person's degree of sinfulness.
St. Thomas Aquinas held that -
- We can offer our bodily pains in expiation for their sins.
- We can offer our spiritual sufferings, our disappointments and fears, our discouragement and estrangement from those we love.
- We can offer our vocal prayers, like the Rosary, the Memorare, the Angelus, the recitation of the Divine Office.
- We can offer our mental prayers, like the Way of the Cross, our daily meditation and examination of conscience.
- We can offer our mortifications, like giving up some delicacy at table, or performance of some unpleasant work.
Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. recommends that during the month of November, we make a list of all the deceased persons whom we wish to specially remember in our Masses, prayers and sacrifices for the repose of their souls.
Add to this list as those enter eternity whom you wish to specially commend to the mercy of God. This, by the way, is called a Necrology. Every Catholic diocese in the world has a Necrology of its deceased priests. Every family should have its own Necrology of deceased members whom we daily remember to our merciful Lord.
Every time you say the grace after meals, be sure to add the invocation, "May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen." In every Rosary you recite, do not forget to say after each decade, " O, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and bring all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of thy mercy."
|Little Museum of Purgatory in the Sacred Heart of Suffrage Church, Rome|
Do we have any signs to prove that Purgatory exist????
There is a place for which proof or evidence of supernatural origin of the reality of Purgatory are found in the “Little Museum of Purgatory” in Rome. “They bear the signature of souls who have appeared from Purgatory to ask for mercy, revealing something about themselves and their condition of suffering and doing penance.”
Documented paranormal evidence to be found in relation to contacts with the dead. The authenticity of the apparition stories linked to each of the specimens in the museum has been verified by critical priests, theologians, and trustworthy witnesses. There are many other examples as well that are not in the museum in which I will give some examples later on...
|Face burned into wood (top left)|
|Items showing burn marks from hands of souls in Purgatory|
Excerpts from Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages and Warnings from Purgatory.