23 Jan

“Have pity on me, have pity on me at least you my friends for the hand of the Lord is heavy upon me.”

This is the touching prayer that the poor souls in Purgatory address their friends on Earth, begging, imploring their help, in accents of the deepest anguish. Alas! many are deaf to their prayers, even those who are otherwise devout, shamefully neglect the souls in Purgatory. It would almost seem that they do not believe in Purgatory. Certain is that their ideas on the subject are very hazy.

It would almost seem that they do not believe in Purgatory

Days and weeks and months pass without their having a Mass said for the holy souls! Seldom too, do they hear Mass for them, seldom do they pray for them, seldom do they think of them! Whilst they are enjoying the fullness of health and happiness, busy with their work, engrossed with their amusements, the poor souls are suffering unutterable agonies on their beds of flame.

Whilst people are going about their earthly business, the poor souls are suffering unutterable agonies on their beds of flame

What is the cause of this awful callousness? Ignorance, gross, inexplicable ignorance.

People do not realise what Purgatory is. They have no conception of its dreadful pains and they have no idea of the long years that souls are detained in these awful fires. As a result they take little, or no care to avoid Purgatory themselves, and worse still, they cruelly neglect the poor souls who are already there and who depend entirely on them for help.

Dear Reader, peruse this little book with care and you will bless the day that it fell into your hands.

What is Purgatory?

It is a prison of fire in which many souls are plunged after death and in which they suffer the intensest pain.

Here is what the great Doctors of the Church tell us of Purgatory.

So grievous is their suffering that one minute in this awful fire seems like a century.

St Thomas of Aquin, the Prince of Theologians, says that the fire of Purgatory is equal in intensity to the fire of Hell, and that the slightest contact with it is more dreadful than all the possible sufferings on earth!

St Augustine, the greatest of the Holy Doctors, teaches that to be purified of their faults previously to being admitted to Heaven, souls after death are subjected to a fire more penetrating, more dreadful than anything we can see, or feel, or conceive in this life.

If any man’s work abide, which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work burn, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire (1Cor3:14,15)

“Though this fire is destined to cleanse and purify the soul”, adds the Holy Doctor, “still it is more acute than anything we could possibly endure on Earth.”

St Cyril of Alexandria does not hesitate to say: “that it would be preferable to suffer all the possible torments of Earth until the Judgment day, than to pass one day in Purgatory.”

Another great Saint says: “Our fire, in comparison with the fire of Purgatory is a refreshing breeze.” The other Holy Writers speak in identical terms of this awful fire.

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– From: Read Me or Rue It, by E.D.M., approved of His Eminence the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon 4/6/1936, printed by Kerryman, Co Kerry, Ireland




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