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

Do not probe whether you would receive benefits when you help the Suffering Souls.

As St. Catherine was very devoted to the Souls in Purgatory just like her Mother St. Bridget, she frequently had the visions of these souls as willed by God. Once, when she was praying on her knees in St. Peter’s, Rome, a woman who seemed to be one of the gypsies approached her and told her, “In your country, a famous woman has just died. You must pray for her soul.”

St. Catherine asked her who she was and where was she from. “I am from Sweden. I came to inform you something you do not know. Your brother’s wife Zita has died. You must help her soul” replied the woman.

Hearing this, St. Catherine told her, “Please tell my mother yourself the news of the death of her daughter-in-law.” But the woman refused to do so, saying: “I do not have the permission to come over there. God allowed me to give this news to you only. Do not doubt the news. You will receive the message from Sweden in a few days. The messenger will give you a very costly thing of your deceased sister in law. When she died, she asked him to give it to you as a reminder that you should never forget to pray for her.” Then she disappeared.

St. Catherine announced this incident to her mother and St. Bridget told her, “My daughter, though Zita, my daughter-in-law died with good preparation, she is suffering a lot in Purgatory now. She herself was sent as a gypsy girl to you by the will of God that you could help her. So let us both do what is needed for the repose of her soul.”

After some days, a servant of St. Catherine’s brother came from Sweden and handed something invaluable which he was sent with. The mother and the daughter helped that soul immensely by assisting at and offering Masses, giving alms, making penances, praying, observing fast and abstinence, etc.

Christians! Your parents might have given you houses, lands, money, cattle, etc. And it is your duty to pray for them, when you are enjoying these gifts of theirs. If not, it would prove your ingratitude towards them. If you refuse to help your parents, your children will also treat you in the same way. You cannot expect them to help you after your death. Keep this in mind, that if you help your departed parents, your children will also help you to go to heaven. With the favors you do to your parents, they will be released earlier from Purgatory and go to heaven.

Your mother put her life to risk when she gave birth to you, she fed you with her blood in the form of mother’s milk for some years and was awake beside you, unconcerned about herself. How can you forget her? If you do, you are the most ungrateful being, aren’t you? Even though your parents left you nothing, can you be merciless towards them, can you refuse to help them? And if they have left you many assets, your duty multiplies many fold. Then it becomes your biggest duty, doesn’t it? Do not be disobliging and ungrateful to your parents.

Are you not helping a beggar who begs you for a handful of rice without inquiring who he is? You help him even when you know well that you do not receive any favor in return from him.

But they are your parents. They may be in Purgatory now, expecting desperately for your help in the forms of offering Masses, fast and abstinence, giving alms, etc. Do not fail to help them.