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

Benefits received when we pray for the Souls in Purgatory.

Once there was a duke in the land of Aragon. His wife being very beautiful, another duke who wanted to make her his own, sent precious gifts to her.

But as this lady was very virtuous, she did not give in to such a covetousness. However the sinful duke did not give up his evil intention.

After some days, the woman’s husband began to conceive doubts on the evil duke as he saw some signs in him that revealed his impure heart. And he grew an ill will towards him and planned to kill him. But since the evil duke was influential in the country, he conspired to kill him in secrecy.

One day, the duke and his wife went from their house inside the city to another mansion outside, which was also theirs, with a servant who was his confidant.  In the night, the husband, with a sword in his hand, threatened to kill his wife if she would not abide by what he was going to say. And due to fear, she also promised him to obey.

Then he gave her a paper and told her: “Write to him what I now say: ‘You must come here tomorrow after the sunset. My husband will not be here. You will find a ladder on the wall of the northern hall of this mansion. Climb on it and enter into the upstairs through a small door. I will be waiting for you beside this small door’.” She also wrote what he said and undersigned it. He pasted the letter and ordered the servant to deliver it to the traitorous duke.

The servant did what he was told. He told the evil duke, “My master’s wife ordered me to hand this letter over to you secretly.” And the duke answered saying, “Tell her that I would come as she has written.” The servant returned and told his master what happened.

After the sunset, the traitorous duke mounted on his horse and began to move towards the bungalow outside the city. On the way, he saw the corpse of a criminal hanged by the Government some days ago. As was customary in that city, such a corpse would be allowed to hang like this for some days to induce fear in others’ minds to commit crimes.

On seeing the corpse, and thinking that its soul might need his help in case it would be in Purgatory, he climbed down from his horse and offered a 53 bead Rosary for that soul. When he was about to remount on his horse, he heard a voice saying, “Sir, do not go there!” As he could not find who said those words, he once again mounted on his horse. But the corpse once again obstructed him not to go. This time, he was afraid, and to know who spoke those words, he went near the corpse. And then the corpse began to talk straight to him and said, “Sir, please cut the rope around my neck.” Fallen on the ground as the duke cut the rope, it again stood on its feet and told him, “Sir, I want to accompany you.” Seeing him not consenting, it again told him, “Sir, you are going in search of death. I will save you from death.” And the duke for the first time began to realize that the corpse knew some secret about this and accepted to his request. Both of them started their journey from there.

When they were near the mansion, they saw the ladder on the wall as was informed in the letter. The corpse of the criminal said, “Sir, I will go first into the house to see whether there is any conspiracy. Give me your attires that I may look just like you.” Consenting to this, the duke gave his dresses to him. The corpse, wearing them, climbed on the ladder and entered through the small door into the upstairs.

No sooner than he entered in, the duke began to hear noises of stabbing and cutting with blades, and also the cries of a woman. After a few minutes, the corpse of the criminal was thrown down through the small door. He rose again from the ground and advised the duke, “Move immediately from here. Don’t be here any longer.” They both departed from there.

On the way back, the corpse said: “Sir, look at the marks of cuts and stabs on my dress. What happened to me was destined for you. The master of the house was waiting to kill you. If you were killed now, you would surely be cast into hell. But the Mother of God has helped you through me who am a soul in Purgatory. Using the five decades of the Rosary which you prayed for me, your guardian angel reduced some of my punishments. Then I also prayed to our Lady for you. Keep out from your sins and be very pious to the Divine Mother, to your guardian angel and the souls in Purgatory.” Then the criminal disappeared.

The duke, with deep repentance for his sins, returned to his house. Having been totally converted, he told all the miraculous happenings to some people in his house and showed the marks of stabs and cuts in his dress. Everyone who saw them were converted, renounced their sins and began to follow the path of perfection having a deep piety towards the Most Holy Mother of God and the Souls in Purgatory.

Brothers and sisters! When the duke found out the impending evil due to his sins, he renounced all his sins and began to follow the path of life. You must also avoid sinful ways to avoid evils awaiting you.

The sinful duke received a great benefit through the souls in Purgatory for whom he prayed. You too must be devoted to Our Lady, your guardian angel and the souls in Purgatory. It is certain that the soul and body will receive so many blessings and benefits through such devotions.