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

Give alms to the poor and needy for the repose of the souls in purgatory.

In Aversa of Italy, an Augustinian monk Hilarion had a great devotion to the souls in purgatory. He offered Masses for his deceased father. One day, when he was going to celebrate Mass for the repose of his father, he had called a boy named John to serve his Mass. John was very devoted to the souls in purgatory. And he had made a good confession and had offered it for the souls in purgatory.

After the Mass, Father Hilarion asked John to stay near his room as he wanted to give him food in his father’s name. As the priest was praying in his room, John was waiting in the hall. Though the doors of the house were closed, John saw a man coming in. His face and appearance showed that he was a member of a noble family. He asked John, “Where is the priest? I have an urgent message for him.”

John at once went and brought the priest to the newcomer. The latter begged the priest to give him some food. Father Hilarion seemed to be a little confused and surprised. “This fellow seems to be a noble person. But he begs for alms” he thought. However he went in and sent a part of his food to him. And he asked him to sit somewhere in the monastery and consume the food.

When the priest and John were talking about who he could be, he suddenly came into the room. The priest exclaimed, “How did he come in without opening the door? May be he is an angel?” And John replied, “He must be one of the souls in purgatory. I am saying this because you offered Mass for this soul today. I also did some virtuous deeds today for this soul.”

Then John took the newcomer with him to where he was sitting. He told John, “Brother, I thank the Lord for having given me this food. In honor of and veneration to Him, let us kneel down and pray an Our Father and a Hail Mary for the souls in purgatory.” They both knelt there and prayed.

After the prayer, John went with him up to the door to bid him farewell, he grasped John’s hands and said, “John, go to the priest and tell him that he need not pray for the repose of his father’s soul anymore, because he goes to heaven now.” The next second, he flashed like a lightning and disappeared.

John was so terrified that shouting “Father!” he fell down unconscious. The priest, hearing his voice came there and saw him lying on the ground. He revived him and asked what happened. When he described everything, they both were convinced that he who came was none other than the soul of the priest’s father himself.

Christians! If you attend as many Masses as you can and offer them all for the souls in purgatory, their pains will decline. When you give alms, give it in their name. To pray and offer an Our Father and a Hail Mary after meals for the souls in purgatory is a very good habit.

Parents face a lot of difficulties to raise their children. They get loans for their children’s education and to settle them well. Therefore it is the cardinal duty of the children to help their parents and reduce the burden of their debts. The children are indebted to their parents. When the parents are no more in this world, even when the children cannot entirely repay what they have indebted to their parents, they must strive to clear at least a part of it by offering Masses for them, praying for them, fasting and giving alms.

If your parents, after their death, appear before you, and ask you, “Will you give us a morsel of food, a handful of rice?” can you turn down this request? If you refuse to fulfill their wishes, can there be a son more merciless and stone-hearted than you?