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

How terribly cruel the pains of purgatory are!

In Spain, there was a Dominican friar. He had a very good friend in a Franciscan Friar. When these two were talking about death one day, they decided that the one who dies first must appear to the other, God willing.

After a long time, the Franciscan friar died. According to their mutual promise, the dead friar appeared to the other and said: “When I died, God was so merciful to me that he did not send me to hell. But I had to go to purgatory to be purged from my venial sins. And now I am suffering terribly from its fire. The inhabitants of this world do not know anything about the horror of the fires of Purgatory. A pain equivalent to the pain of purgatory is nowhere in this world. So that you may show mercy, I give you a sample of the immense pain I am suffering.” Saying this, he pressed his right hand on the table therein and then disappeared.

The other religious went near the table to see what had happened to it. And they were amazed to see the wood of the table burnt and had a strong impression of his five fingers on it.

The Dominican Friar meditated with tears, “If the wood of this table, which is very strong, has been burnt like this, how ineffably terrible must the pains of purgatory be!”

After this, he offered Masses, prayed, fasted, and gave alms for the quick relief of the soul of his friend from purgatory. Some who saw the scorched impression of the fingers were frightened, gave up their sins so as to avoid purgatory and began to make extraordinary reparations for their sins. They also helped the souls in purgatory.

Christians! What would you do if you see your house catching fire inside which your child is sleeping in the cradle? Won’t you run in despite the blazing fire without worrying about your own life and come out with the child? Won’t you do this, even if your life would be at risk?

If this is so, won’t you help the soul of your father/mother/wife/husband/children, if you know that they are suffering terrible in the horrible fires of Purgatory for a long time after their death? Have you not to think that offering Masses, almsgiving, fasting and prayers would be extremely helpful to save them from the fires of Purgatory? Have you arranged for the offering of Masses or assisted at Masses and done other penances for the soul of your dead mother/father/husband/wife/child? If not, do it immediately. Do not forget that if you fail to do this, you will also be forgotten by your relatives.