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

The punishments given for the sins you did through your words and the reparations thereof.

In France, there was a Christian named Duron. He was always committing sins concerning his words such as finding fault in others, tale bearing, using evil words, cursing others, etc. Though the priest advised him time and again to give up such a bad habit, he would not listen to him. Unable to bear his negligence, one day the priest warned him saying, “You will have to suffer a lot in your mouth in Purgatory to atone for the sins you do with your mouth, even if you do many other good things in this world.” Even then, he did not abide by his advice. He continued to live committing the same sins, being very indifferent to the words of the priest. After death, he suffered untold pain in his mouth. He revealed this, appearing to his friend Segin. In that vision, Segin saw his friend’s mouth, having been pulled on both sides giving an impression that it might tear any moment; there was a poisonous pimple on each of the lips and were eating away the lips; his tongue was burning and had been pierced all over. He begged Segin, “Tell what you just saw to the priest who tried to convert me with his advices, and request him to help me through mercy” and then disappeared.

Segin announced this vision to the priest, who, taking pity on the poor soul, revealed this to all the religious in the monastery. He asked seven of them to keep silence for seven days and offer this sacrifice for the soul of Duron. They all started well, but one of them failed to be silent for a whole week. After seven days, Duron appeared and complained that his pains were not yet over because one of the religious failed to be silent for a whole week. The seven religious were again ordered by the prior to keep silence for another week.

This time everything went well. Duron appeared again to the priest, thanked him, told that he was going to heaven and disappeared.

Christians! As dishes without salt are tasteless, some think words of backbiting are like salt to their speeches. They think that their speeches without such words would be tasteless to others. Those who are wont to such words backbite everyone without any exception. If such people go to purgatory, they will also suffer terribly in their mouth. Fear such a punishment and avoid all the sins done by words. Avoid especially backbiting altogether.

To help such sinners in purgatory, keep silence and offer this virtue for these sinners when you are tempted to use bad words, to backbite, to tell a lie, to curse, etc. It is a very good habit. You must not only confess these sins of mouth to your confessor, but also must do reparation with your mouth and earn virtues. Do this by praying for others, giving good counsels, etc.

Christians! It would be much better to suffer in this world itself than to suffer in purgatory for your sins.

“Ten years of purgatorial pains will be cancelled by a single drop of penitential tear” says St. Augustine. He means that we may cancel a long term suffering in purgatory by a small penance done in this life.

What penance is better than having a true contrition for your sins and trying to lead a good life with penitential tears?