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

Punishment for not fulfilling vows made to God.

The daughter of a rich man appeared to a holy woman living in Luxumberg on the 1st of November, the feast of All Saints, and requested her to be merciful on her since she was suffering terribly in Purgatory.

Instantly the holy woman stretched both of her hands in the form of a cross and prayed an Our Father and five Hail Marys in honor of the Five Wounds of Jesus Christ and offered them for the soul. Realizing that her prayers were beneficial to her, the rich man’s daughter was supporting the hands of the holy woman. Then the soul requested her again, “With the virtues of yours, I beg you to offer for me another virtuous act also: when I was alive, I had vowed to have three Masses celebrated for the honor of Our Lady. But I did not fulfill it and that is why I am suffering a lot in Purgatory. Please offer those three Masses for me.”

And the holy woman also had three Masses offered for the soul in honor of our Lady. Even then the soul appeared again to her and said, “I thank you for the goodness you showed me. Please listen to my advice also so that you need not suffer in Purgatory for a long time: Vow to do anything in honor of our Lord, His Holy Mother and the Saints which you can fulfill easily. Do not vow whatever is hard to carry out. Otherwise the punishment for not fulfilling your promise will be extremely severe in Purgatory.”

“As severe punishment is waiting for even harmless lies in purgatory, do not say even such lies. If you have a great devotion to the Holy Passion of Our Lord and the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Mother, you will receive immense help from this good habit. Offer every good deeds you do for the Souls in Purgatory” she also said.

Then the holy woman said, “The Feast of St. Francis Xavier comes on the 3rd of December. On that day I will make a good confession and receive Holy Communion in the chapel in the Jesuit monastery. I will offer these for you and will pray our Lord for the end of your pains.” And she did what she promised. She confessed, and after receiving Holy Communion, she said prayers in honor of the sufferings of St. Xavier and offering them for that soul, she prayed to God with deep compassion. Once she did this, the soul appeared to her again and conveyed a new message to her: “Jesus Christ have shown mercy through your prayers for me. I will go to heaven on the 8th of December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.” Then it disappeared.

Christians! Whatever promise or vow you made to God in honor of any Saint, you must fulfill it.  And you must do it in the appropriate way.

Some people, when giving alms, or fulfilling their vows, give what is useless among their possessions. They give grains mixed with chaff, and animals which are not sick and are useless to them. When king Melxie died, he appeared to Bishop St. Corphireo and besought him to be merciful to the souls in purgatory. The bishop asked him, “Why are you wearing a shirt, good for nothing and without a sleeve?”

The king replied: “This shirt has been given as a punishment to me. When I was alive, a naked man asked for something to wear, I asked him to go my house and get a dress. My wife, more niggardly than I am, gave him a very old shirt, good for nothing and which had no sleeve on one side. For this sin and as a disgrace to me, God has decreed that I should wear this very poor shirt without a sleeve.” Then he disappeared.

You must be generous in making a vow also. You must not show your miserliness in it. Giving mere remains, which are useless to us to others will not be added to the account of our virtues. Only giving what is useful to others will be regarded as true almsgiving.