இந்த இணையதளத்திலுள்ள புத்தகங்கள் தங்களின் தனி பயன்பாட்டுக்கு மட்டுமே. வேறு தளங்களில் பகிர்வதற்கும், புத்தகமாக்குவதற்கும் அனுமதி இல்லை.

The good effects obtained from the acts of obedience.

A nun named Emilie was the Mother of a Dominican nuns’ convent in Italy. She had advised her nuns to be always obedient to her if they wanted to go straight to heaven avoiding Purgatory. According to a rule of that convent, the nuns had to get permission from the Mother if they wanted to drink water to appease their thirst, except during breakfast, lunch and supper. And as per this rule, when thirsty, some nuns went to their Mother and asked her permission to drink water, but the Mother sometimes refused to give permission saying, “When our Lord was crucified, he suffered a terrible thirst. If you accept your suffering from your thirst with patience in honor of our Lord’s thirst, it will be a great virtuous deed.” One day, a nun named Cecilia was very thirsty because of the scorching sun and requested permission to drink water. But the Mother told her, “Offer the water you wish to drink now to our Lord in honor of the terrible thirst which He endured on the Cross. And pray to Him to use that water to quench the fire which would torture you when you will be in Purgatory.” And Cecilia obeyed her and controlled her thirst and offered it to Jesus Christ. This act was very dear to Him. And He revealed His love for Sister Cecilia on the third day after her death. When the Mother was in meditation, Cecilia appeared to her with absolute happiness and glory and told her, “When I died, Our Lord decreed that I had to go to Purgatory and suffer for many days in atonement for my venial sins. But on the third day, my guardian angel brought the water which I offered to Jesus Christ and poured it on the flames around me. Immediately all the fires which were tormenting me were extinguished. And the Angel took me to heaven.” Saying this, she disappeared.

Christians! You can help the suffering souls through your acts of mortification such as controlling hunger and thirst, keeping vigil when sleepy, etc. If we offer such good acts of mortification, not only the fire which burns them, but also that which will torment you after your death will also be put out.

“The Purgatorial fire is one that has no rest” says St. Hilary. Even if the guards strike the criminal every day, the pain will surely subside. The pain he suffers when the wounds are dressed will not be felt so hard by him in other times and especially when he sleeps. But the pains of suffering souls are entirely different from this. They suffer by terrible pains as long as they are in Purgatory, day and night. How horrible this must be! Therefore, through offering the Holy Mass and other acts of mortifications, we can reduce their pains and even liberate them from these pains altogether.