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

The Loss we have to endure if we do not help the Suffering Souls even when we are incumbent to.

In a monasteryat Fulda of Germany, Fr. Rabanmon, the prior, decreed that if any religious died,  a beggar must be given food in the soul’s name, just as the dead religious was fed when he was alive. But as Eduardo, the person who was in charge of the income and expenditure of the house, was very niggardly, he did not give enough food to the beggar for thirty days, thus cheating him. Sometimes, he would start giving food only some days after the death of a religious. In the year 1830 many died in that monastery due to an epidemic. The prior told Eduardo, “Give alms for the souls of the religious who died in this monastery without fail as you did earlier. Do not be negligent in this matter. Otherwise, you will have to suffer terrible punishment.” “I will unfailingly do what you ordered” he promised, but he once again deliberately failed to carry out his duty because of his stinginess. And the Infinitely Just God commanded a terrible chastisement to be befallen to him. One night, after everyone slept, Eduardo who was entering the expenses of the monastery into the ledger, became very tired, and with a lamp in hand, went to his room to retire.  On the way he saw many religious standing and wondered, saying to himself, “This is not the time for counsels. Then why have these gathered here?” He went still closer to them to see who they were and then found that they were the souls of the deceased religious. So he began to tremble out of extreme fear. The souls told him: “You, poor sinner! You will die in three days as a punishment to your niggardliness. When your soul falls into the fires of Purgatory, God has decreed that the good deeds done for you by the religious of this monastery will be useful only to us and not to you.” Saying this, they disappeared. He fell down shuddering and was in that position throughout the night, being unable to rise up.

In the morning, the religious found him lying unconscious and helped him. When he came back to his senses, he told them with utmost sorrow, “Please call the Prior as my soul needs treatment more than my body.” At this time, other religious and the Superior himself arrived at the spot and Eduardo confessed everything among sobs. “Due to my miserliness, I unknowingly did these crimes. Please forgive me” he begged. Then he made a good confession and received Communion and the Sacrament of the Dying and as predicted by the souls of the religious, died on the third day.

And the prior and the other religious offered Masses for his soul and gave alms to the poor. One day, during the prior’s mediation, Eduardo appeared to him with untold sufferings and told him, “I am not able to bear the pains of Purgatory. The benefits of your good deeds for my soul were redirected to the religious, who died before me. I did not receive any of them. Some monks are still in purgatory because of my miserliness. I believe God would show me mercy only after they will go to heaven. Therefore I beg you to double your virtuous acts.” Then he disappeared.

The Prior and others doubled their efforts. At first the religious who were suffering in Purgatory were set free by the Masses, almsgiving, fasting, etc. of the religious of the monastery. Then Eduardo also finally received the beatitude. He appeared to the Prior and told, “I am going to heaven, thanks to the virtuous acts done by you and the other religious. I not only thank you, but promise to pray for you to Our Lord in heaven.” The Prior then saw him ascending towards heaven.

Some people give money or valuable things to their relatives and friends and ask them to offer Masses for their souls after their death. We know some people who received such money or things but spend them for other things, or do nothing because of negligence, or do only a little and then totally forget about it. Such a treachery against the suffering souls will never go unpunished by our Lord.

If you refuse to help the souls of your parents, the benefits of good deeds done for you after your death may, according to the Justice of God, be used for the repose of the souls of your parents. Therefore, do not forget to do your duties towards them in order to give them eternal rest. Do not forget that as you sow, so you reap.