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

The benefits received through the prayers prayed during Mass for the Souls in Purgatory.

In the city of Venice, a duke, after his father’s death, sent a huge amount of money to a monastery of the Society of St. Gaitan and requested its prior to offer Masses for his deceased father. And the prior also, according to the custom of the Society, offered Masses with much devotion but without any pomp whatsoever. The duke sent a messenger to the prior. He blamed the prior saying, “I sent a huge sum of money that you might celebrate Masses in a grand manner. But you have offered only ordinary Masses.” The prior, after praying to God to appease the anger of the duke, had the messenger write the prayers he recited for the soul of the duke’s father in a piece of paper. Then he placed that sheet of paper on one scale of a balance and all the money sent by the duke on the other. Though the second scale had heavy coins, it rose up and the scale that had the sheet of paper went down. The prior repeated the process three times to the amazement of the messenger. He returned to his master and told him what happened in the monastery. The duke, ashamed of his fault, sent the messenger again to the prior and told him, “I committed a mistake unknowingly. As I did not know the strength and the effect of the prayers you recited, I spoke to you in a wrong manner. Please forgive me.” Later he had a painting drawn and fixed it on the wall of his mansion to always remember this incident. In this painting, the prior of the monastery was depicted ascarrying a balance in his hand.

If, indeed, each suffering soul were to appear to the inhabitants of this world and reveal to them the terrible pains they suffer in purgatory, their pains will end very soon. Little babies show their feelings such as hunger and thirst only through their crying. And the mother understands her child through its crying and provideswith what it needs. But we are negligent towards the souls in purgatory because we cannot see their tears and sorrow nor hear their cries. They are also unable to come to us and ask for favors. Our Lord allows only a few souls to come to earth. The beggars go by themselves to the houses of rich people and beg for alms. The lame have them carried to such houses and showing their misery, wounds, sores and sorrows, ask for their mercy and help. The dumb express their thoughts through signs. But the suffering souls have no such means. If it were possible, they would have been waiting at the door of every Christian, in every street and church, night and day, everywhere, all the time, asking us for help.

The prisoners, though being locked up and unable to express their difficulties and sufferings to others, may be helped and consoled by even the guards or any other unknown person who listen to their problems and pity them.

If the inhabitants of the earth have to see the pains of Purgatory, there is no other way except through some miracle. In the same way, our Lord also allows only a few souls to appear in this world and ask others to help them.