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

The punishment of Purgatory is ineffably horrible.

In Austria, a Franciscan monk was sick and was suffering terribly for many years. He could not sleep at nights due to immense pain. One day he prayed to our Lord, “My God, have mercy on me. I am suffering terribly for many years due to this ailment. It would be better for me to die than to live like this.”

When he said the same prayer one day, his guardian angel appeared to him and said, “God gives you a choice: He sent me to announce you that you will have to endure the pains of this disease in reparation to your sins for one more year. If you do so, you will avoid purgatory and go straight to heaven. If you are not willing to endure these pains, you may stay in purgatory for only three days. Select one of these two.” And the monk said, “It would be much better to be in purgatory for three days than to endure pains due to this disease for one year.” And the Guardian Angel replied, “Very well, be ready to die. You will die tomorrow itself.”

The monk got ready to die, received the last Sacraments and died the next day. His soul went to Purgatory. On the same day, the Angel asked the soul of the monk amidst enraging flames, “Do you think this pain amidst fire is better than the suffering due to the disease when you were in the world?”

And the monk’s soul said, “Lo! I was cheated. You said I would be in this fire only for three days, but I am here for so many months now.” The guardian angel retorted, “How do you say that many months have gone by already after you fell into this fire? Not one full day has passed after your death. Your body is yet to be interred. They are getting ready to take it to the graveyard. But the extremely horrible pains of this fire make this duration to seem to be too long.”

“If allowed, I am ready to return to earth and endure the pains of even worse diseases than the old one” the soul begged the Lord. And as our Lord consented to this request, it returned to the world again and saw its body lying on the bed.

When everyone saw the body suddenly becoming alive and standing on its feet and tried to flee away out of fear, the monk called them and revealed everything that happened to him. Many became very frightened and began to do rigorous penances and to pray incessantly in order to escape from the pains of Purgatory due to their own sins.

The monk endured another year all the pains of his ailment. However, now he happily accepted all the great sufferings. Whenever the pain increased, he was wont to tell the other monks, “When thinking about the ineffably horrible pain I endured in Purgatory, these are absolutely nothing.” After one year he died and was led by his guardian angel to heaven.

Brothers and sisters, some people, especially the women, when facing some suffering, would say, “It would be better to die than to endure this.” They say this because they do not know the terrible pains they would have to endure after death.

During your life, you may have to suffer cruel pains and sufferings for so many years, but they are nothing when compared to the horror of Purgatory. Therefore do every prayer and penance at your disposal, but also endure patiently if you have to suffer by some disease or any other suffering as a reparation to your sins.

A few hours of purgatorial pain seemed to be so many months to this monk. Suppose so many years have passed by after the demise of your parents. These long years must have seemed to them as so many thousand years, haven’t they? Didn’t you give it a thought that you would also have to suffer so long since you failed to help them?

Is it not your duty to offer Masses, and do virtuous deeds such as mortifications, almsgiving, prayers, etc. and thus help your parents to be relieved from Purgatory and attain eternal rest? If you would be careless after hearing all this, who will think about you when you yourself would be in purgatory, will your children do? Think!