Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine.
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord.
Taught by Real Roman Popes and Doctrinal/Dogmatic Councils
Pope Saint Gregory X
Second Council of Lyons
The Catholic Church “teaches that those who after Baptism slip into sin must not be rebaptized, but by true penance attain forgiveness of their sins. Because if they die truly repentant in Charity before they have made satisfaction by worthy fruits of penance for (sins) committed [sins of commission] and omitted [sins of omission], their Souls are cleansed after death by Purgatorical or purifying punishments.... And to relieve punishments of this kind, the offerings of the living Faithful are of advantage to these, namely, the Sacrifices of Masses, prayers, alms, and other duties of piety, which have customarily been performed by the Faithful for the other Faithful according to the regulations of the Church....” (Pope Saint Gregory X, Teobaldo Visconti [Tuesday, September 1, 1271 - Friday, January 10, 1276] with the Fourteenth Ścumenical Council, the Second Council of Lyons [Monday, May 7, 1274 A.D. - Tuesday, July 17, 1274 A.D.]. Father Heinrich Joseph Dominicus Denzinger [b. at Liège, Belgium on Sunday, October 10, 1819 A.D. - d. at Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany on Tuesday, June 19, 1883 A.D.], Enchiridion Symbolorum et Definitionum, # 464; emphasis added.)
Pope Eugene IV
17th Ścumenical Council
“693. [De novissimis]. It [the Catholic Church] has likewise defined, that, if those truly penitent have departed in the love of God, before they have made satisfaction by the worthy fruits of penance for sins of commission and omission, the Souls of these are cleansed after death by Purgatorial punishments; and so that they may be released from punishments of this kind, the Suffrages of the living Faithful are of advantage to them, namely, the Sacrifices of Masses, prayers, and almsgiving, and other works of piety, which are customarily performed by the Faithful for other Faithful according to the institutions of the Church.” (Pope Eugene IV, Gabriele Condulmer [Thursday, March 3, 1431 - Tuesday, February 23, 1447] with the Seventeenth Ścumenical Council, the Council of Florence - [Monday, April 9, 1438 A.D. - Thursday, August 7, 1445 A.D.] “Decree for the Greeks”, from the Papal Bulla “Laetentur Cśli”, July 6, 1439. Father Heinrich Joseph Dominicus Denzinger [b. at Liège, Belgium on Sunday, October 10, 1819 A.D. - d. at Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany on Tuesday, June 19, 1883 A.D.], Enchiridion Symbolorum et Definitionum, # 693; emphasis added.)
Pope Pius IV
Decree Concerning Purgatory
“Whereas the Catholic Church, instructed by the Holy Ghost, has, from the Sacred writings and the Ancient Tradition of the Fathers, taught, in Sacred Councils, and very recently in this Ścumenical Synod, that there is a Purgatory, and that the Souls there detained are helped by the suffrages of the Faithful, but principally by the Acceptable Sacrifice of the Altar; the Holy Synod enjoins on Bishops that they diligently endeavour that the sound Doctrine concerning Purgatory, transmitted by the Holy Fathers and Sacred Councils, be believed, maintained, taught, and every where proclaimed by the Faithful of Christ.” (Pope Pius IV, Giovanni Angelo De Medici [Friday, December 25, 1559 - Thursday, December 9, 1565] with the Roman Catholic Council of Trent, Session 25, Wednesday, December 4, 1563, Decree Concerning Purgatory; emphasis added).
Pope Pius IX
20th Ścumenical Council
Profession of Faith
“9. I firmly hold that Purgatory exists, and that the Souls detained there are helped by the suffrages of the Faithful. Likewise, that the Saints reigning with Christ are to be honored and prayed to, and that they offer prayers to God on our behalf, and that their relics should be venerated.” (Pope Pius IX, Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti [Tuesday, June 16, 1846 - Thursday, February 7, 1878] with the Roman Catholic Council of the Vatican, Session 2, Thursday, January 6, 1870, Profession of Faith; emphasis added.)
Pope Leo XIII
“7. Therefore, since it is certain by the Doctrine of the Catholic Church, that the Souls detained in Purgatory are benefited by the prayers of the Faithful, and especially by the August Sacrifice of the Altar [The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass], We think we can give them no more useful and desirable pledge of Our love than by everywhere increasing the Offering of the Pure Oblation of the Most Holy Sacrifice of Our Divine Mediator, for the extinction of their pain.” (Pope Leo XIII, Pope Leo XIII, Gioacchino Pecci, [Wednesday, February 20, 1878 - Monday, July 20, 1903], Encyclical “Quod Anniversarius”, On his Sacerdotal Jubilee; emphasis added.)
“Suffrages” is a term which primarily means the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - by which is to be understood a.VALID.Mass Offered by a.VALID.Mass Celebrant (Priest - Bishop) using a pre-1944 “Missale Romanum” - because ONLY the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass works “ex opere operato” which is why We place the first emphasis on the Mass itself.
This fact is not only a Dogmatic Truth, as found in the above documents, but this Truth has also been attested to by certain Souls in Purgatory, as you will find below because it is the primary means by which Souls receive great comfort, and even release, from Purgatory.
Most Catholics get much too busy with many distractions, not to mention their job and family duties and responsibilities, all of which tend to take time away from working on one's Spiritual Life, including one's Life of Prayer. The result is it is very, very easy to totally forget, not only about praying for the Poor, Suffering Souls in Purgatory, but also sending in requests for Requiem Masses.
We hope and pray that this web page, and the data on it, will serve as a reminder for each of you to take action!
How often do you send in a Stipend for a Catholic Requiem Mass Offered for the happy repose of the Soul of someone YOU know who is deceased?
In addition to a close family relative, whether a Parent, Grandparent, what about the deceased Clergy who perhaps Baptized you, or the Bishop or Archbishop who Confirmed you, not to mention those whose Masses you attended?
It is never too late to practice the Virtue of Charity. Think of the Soul you can spare of the terrible, horrible sufferings of Purgatory!
"Blessed are the Merciful: for they shall obtain
IF nothing else, it would be wise and prudent for you to follow tis course of action!
Because, after you die, IF you should have the misfortune to find yourself in Purgatory, would you not want someone in this life to request at least one.VALID.Catholic Requiem Mass to be Offered for Your Soul in order to lessen the intensity of your sufferings and perhaps be sufficient to even release you from Purgatory and to go to Heaven much, much sooner?
According to one book on Purgatory, the intensity of the pain in Purgatory is so terrible that one hour in Purgatory seems like it is ten years in earth time!!!
Please understand that those who ignore helping the Poor, Suffering Souls in Purgatory, by requesting Requiem Masses for them, will sadly and very quickly discover, after they die, IF they find themselves in Purgatory, that then it will be their turn to be ignored, not just for a few hours or days or months, but probably for many years, just like they did to those Souls they could have helped who were in Purgatory when they were yet in this life, but preferred to use some of their excess money (over and above the money needed to pay bills, buy groceries, take proper care of their families, etc.) on creature comforts, or entertainment like some people who see nothing wrong with paying $500.00 or much more for attending a sporting event, or extended travel, or splurging on items not really needed, whether clothes, jewelry, electronics, cars, trucks, whatever.
For those of you who would like to help at least one
Poor, Suffering Soul in Purgatory, NOW, TODAY, please click on this link:
Daily Requiem Masses for the Happy Repose of the Souls of the Faithful Departed. IF you wait until you die, you have waited too long! A word to the Wise.....
God Bless You!
We have been asked to add this to what We have just written above.
We have always had a personal devotion to the Poor, Suffering Souls in Purgatory. We even mention a few of Our own personal experiences below.
We had Offered a Catholic Traditional Requiem Mass last evening for a certain Soul. During that Mass, after making the proper mention of the Soul for whom We were Offering that Mass, We heard, as it were, a chorus of voices of Souls in Purgatory begging Us to put together a brief web page which not only explains a few basics about Purgatory and the terrible pain endured by the Souls in Purgatory, where 1 hour is like 10 years so intense is the pain, but also to publicly beg, on their behalf, their relatives, friends, even unknown benefactors, to please help them get out of Purgatory quickly by sending Us the Form with the Stipend for Requiem Masses for them.
One Soul in Purgatory, who claims to be a theologian, says that it is not just a matter of Mercy, but also of Justice, for Catholic Relatives and Friends to help their loved ones who are now in Purgatory. He went on to say that for those who are able to do so, and do it not, it is a sin of omission, and in some cases, it is a Mortal Sin of Omission! (We quote him.)
We had planned to add more data to this web page, including official sources of Church teaching about Purgatory, etc., and We had even turned off the computer for the night. But the Souls begged Us to quickly finish this web page and get it on the internet immediately because their pain is so terrible they did not want Us to wait any longer in doing this.
Therefore, We turned on the computer and finished what We had begun and left out other data We had planned to include because We do not want to be guilty of a sin of omission, the omission being not getting this web page on the internet NOW!
Therefore, on behalf of the Souls in Purgatory, those of you who can do so, please help them NOW- BUT NOT with the.invalid, unlawful NOR, Novus Ordo Rite, a.k.a. the NEW mass, the Novus Ordo Missae, used mostly now by the laymen who think they are.valid.priests and prelates in the Synod Vatican 2 church! The Poor Souls were very definite about this fact! Again, I quote them.
For the record, those who do not understand these "messages" from the Poor, Suffering Souls in Purgatory, and/or some/all of Our other personal experiences concerning them, need to STUDY Spiritual Theology to learn about them, not only works of Ascetical Theology, which treat such subjects in a more general way, but especially by the study of Mystical Theology which is usually more specific, but which is not well understood without first studying Ascetical Theology. An excellent source to STUDY, in order to learn these things, is the one written by Reverend Reginald Garrigou - Lagrange, O.P. [b. Auch, France 1877 A.D. - d. Rome, Italy, 1964 A.D.], who taught Dogmatic and Spiritual Theology for 53 years at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, in Rome, The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Prelude of Eternal Life, Translated by Sister M. Timothea Doyle, O.P., in two volumes. Available for free on the internet.
Purgatory, Illustrated by the Lives and Legends of the Saints
H. M. Bayley, Censor Deputatus.
Imprimatur: Herbert Cardinal Vaughan,
Archbishop of Westminster, October 11, 1893.
The Dogma of Purgatory
The Dogma of Purgatory is too much forgotten by the majority of the faithful; the Church Suffering, where they have so many brethren to succour, whither they foresee that they themselves must one day go, seems a strange land to them.
This truly deplorable forgetfulness was a great sorrow to St. Francis de Sales.
“Alas!” said this pious doctor of the Church, “we do not sufficiently remember our dear departed; their memory seems to perish with the sound of the funeral-bells.”The principal causes of this are ignorance and lack of faith; our notions on the subject of Purgatory are too vague, our faith is too feeble.
In order, then, that our ideas may become more distinct and our faith enlivened, we must take a closer view of this
life beyond the tomb, this intermediate state of the just souls, not yet worthy to enter the Heavenly Jerusalem. This is the object of the present work: we propose not to prove the existence of Purgatory to skeptical minds, but to make it better known to the pious faithful who believe with a divine faith this dogma revealed of God. It is to them, properly speaking, that this book is addressed, to give them a less confused idea of Purgatory. I say purposely a dearer idea than people generally have, by placing this great truth in the strongest possible light.
To produce this effect we possess three very distinct sources of light: first, the dogmatic doctrine of the Church; then the doctrine as explained by the doctors of the Church; in the third place, the revelations and apparitions of the saints, which serve to confirm the teachings of the doctors.
1. The dogmatic doctrine of the Church on the subject of Purgatory comprises two articles, of which we shall speak later on. These two articles are of faith, and must be believed by every Catholic.
2. The teaching of the doctors and theologians, or rather their opinions on several questions relative to Purgatory, and their explanations of them, are not imposed as articles of faith; we are free to reject them without ceasing to be Catholic. Nevertheless, it would be imprudent, and even rash, to reject them, and it is the spirit of the Church to follow the opinions commonly held by the doctors.
3. The revelations of the saints, called also particular revelations, do not belong to the deposit of faith confided by Jesus Church to His Church; they are historical facts, based upon human testimony. It is permitted to believe them, and piety finds wholesome food in them. We may,
however, disbelieve them without sinning against faith; but they are authenticated, and we cannot reject them without offending against reason; because sound reason demands that all men should give assent to truth when it is sufficiently demonstrated.
To illustrate this subject more clearly, let us, in the first place, explain the nature of the revelations of which we speak.
Particular revelations are of two kinds: the one consists in visions, the other in apparitions. They are called “particular” because they differ from those found in Holy Scripture, not forming part of the doctrine revealed for mankind, and not being proposed by the Church to our belief as dogmas of faith.
Visions, properly so called, are subjective lights, infused by God into the understanding of His creatures, in order to discover to them His mysteries. Such are the visions of the prophets, those of St. Paul, of St. Bridget, and many other saints. These visions usually take place when the subject is in a state of ecstasy; they consist in certain mysterious representations, which appear to the eyes of the soul, and which must not always be taken literally. Frequently they are figures, symbolic images, which represent in a manner proportionate to the capacity of our under standing, things purely spiritual, of which ordinary language is incapable of conveying an idea.
Apparitions, at least, frequently are objective phenomena which have a real exterior object. Such was the apparition of Moses and Elias on Mount Tabor; that of Samuel evoked by the Witch of Endor; that of the Angel Raphael to Tobias; those of many other angels; in fine, such are the apparitions of the Souls in Purgatory.
That the spirits of the dead sometimes appear to the living, is a fact that cannot be denied. Does not the
Gospel clearly suppose it? When the risen Jesus appeared for the first time to His assembled Apostles, “they supposed they saw a spirit”. Our Saviour, far from saying that spirits appear not, spoke to them thus: “Why are you troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; handle and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see Me to have” (Luke xxiv. 37, etc.).
Apparitions of the Souls that are in Purgatory are of frequent occurrence. We find them in great numbers in the “ Lives of the Saints”; they happen sometimes to the ordinary Faithful. We have collected those which appear best qualified to instruct or to edify, and we now present them to the Reader. But, it may be asked, are all these facts historically certain? We have selected the best authenticated. [Footnote # 1]
If, among the number, the Reader finds any which he thinks could not stand the rigor of criticism, he need not admit them. In order to avoid an excessive severity, one which is akin to incredulity, it is good to remark that, generally speaking, apparitions of Souls occur, and that they frequently occur cannot be doubted. “Ap-
It is from the lives of the Saints, honoured as such by the Church, and other illustrious servants of God, that we have taken the greater part of the examples herein cited. The reader who wishes to investigate these facts, in order to give them their just value, may without difficulty have recourse to the originals by the aid of our references.
If the incident is drawn from the life of a Saint, we indicate the day on which his name is entered on the Martyrology, which is sufficient for consulting the “Acta Sanctorum”. If we mention any venerable personage, such as Father Joseph Anchieta, Apostle and Thaumaturgus of Brazil, whose life is not inserted in the volumes of the Bollandists, they must then have recourse to biographies and particular histories.
For the examples borrowed from Father Rossignoli, “Merveilles Divine dans les Ames du Purgatoire” (trans. Postel; Tournai, Casterman), we content ourselves by marking the number of the “Merveille”, because the author has there indicated one or more sources whence he himself has drawn.
paritions of this kind,” says the Abbe Ribet, “are not uncommon. God permits them for the relief of Souls in order to excite our compassion, and also to make us sensible of how terrible are the rigors of His Justice against those faults which we consider trivial.”
St. Gregory in his “Dialogues” cites several examples, of which, it is true, we may dispute the full authenticity; but which, in the mouth of this holy doctor, prove at least that he believed in the possibility of the existence of these phenomena. A great number of other authors, not less reliable than St. Gregory, both on account of sanctity and learning, relate similar instances. Moreover, incidents of this sort abound in the lives of the Saints. To be convinced of this, it suffices to peruse the “Acta Sanctorum”.
The Church Suffering has ever implored the suffrages of the Church Militant; and this intercourse, bearing the impress of sadness, yet also full of instruction, is for the one a source of inexhaustible relief, and for the other a powerful incitement to sanctity.
The vision of Purgatory has been granted to many holy Souls. St. Catherine de Ricci descended in spirit into Purgatory every Sunday night; St. Lidwina, during her raptures, penetrated into this place of expiation, and, conducted by her angel-guardian, visited the Souls in their torments. In like manner, an angel led Blessed Osanne of Mantua through this dismal abyss.
Blessed Veronica of Binasco, St. Frances of Rome, and many others had visions exactly similar, with impressions of terror.
More frequently it is the Souls themselves that appear to the living and implore their intercession. Many appeared in this manner to Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque, and to
a great number of other holy persons. The Souls departed frequently besought the intercession of Denis the Carthusian. This great servant of God was one day asked how many times the Holy Souls appeared to him? “ Oh! hundreds of times”, he replied.
St. Catherine of Sienna, in order to spare her father the pains of Purgatory, offered herself to the Divine Justice to suffer in his stead during her whole life. God accepted her offer, inflicted the most excruciating torments upon her, which lasted until her death, and admitted the Soul of her Father into eternal glory. In return this Blessed Soul frequently appeared to his Daughter to thank her, and to make to her many useful revelations.
When the Souls in Purgatory appear to the living, they always present themselves in an attitude which excites compassion; now with the features which they had during life or at their death, with a sad countenance and imploring looks, in garments of mourning, with an expression of extreme suffering; then like a mist, a light, a shadow, or some kind of fantastic figure, accompanied by a sign or word by which they may be recognized. At other times they betray their presence by moans, sobs, sighs, or hurried respiration and plaintive accents. They often appear enveloped in flames. When they speak, it is to manifest their sufferings, to deplore their past faults, to ask suffrages, or even to address reproaches to those who ought to succor them. Another kind of revelation, adds the same author, is made by invisible blows which the living receive, by the violent shutting of doors, the rattling of chains, and the sounds of voices.
These facts are too multiplied to admit of doubt; the only difficulty is to establish their connection with the world of expiation. But when these manifestations coincide with the death of persons dear to us, when they cease,
after prayers and reparations have been made to God in their behalf, is it not reasonable to see therein signs by which the souls make known their distress?
In the various phenomena to which we have just drawn attention we recognize the Souls in Purgatory. But there is a case when the apparition should be held in suspicion; it is when a notorious sinner, unexpectedly carried away by a sudden death, comes to implore the prayers of the living that he may be delivered from Purgatory. The devil is interested in making us believe that we can live in the greatest disorders until the moment of our death and yet escape Hell.
However, even in such instances, it is not forbidden to think that the Soul which appears has repented, and that it is in the temporary flames of expiation; nor, consequently, is it forbidden to pray for it, but it is proper to observe the greatest caution in regard to visions of this kind, and the credit which we give to them.
The details into which we have entered suffice to justify in the eyes of the reader the quotation of facts which he will find in the course of this work.
Let us add that the Christian must guard against too great incredulity in supernatural facts connected with Dogmas of Faith. St. Paul tells us that Charity believeth all things? that is to say, as interpreters explain it, all that which we may prudently believe, and of which the belief will not be prejudicial. If it is true that prudence rejects a blind and superstitious credulity, it is also true that we must avoid another extreme, that with which our Saviour reproached the Apostle St. Thomas. “ You believe” He said to him, “ because you have seen and touched; it were better to have believed the testimony of your brethren.
In exacting more, you have been guilty of incredulity; this is a fault that all My disciples should avoid. Blessed are they that have
not seen, and have believed. Be not faithless, but believing” (John xx. 27).
The theologian who expounds Dogmas of Faith must be severe in the choice of his proofs; the historian must proceed with rigorous circumspection in the narration of facts, but the ascetic writer, who cites examples to illustrate Truths and edify the Faithful, is not held to this strict rigor. The best authorised persons in the Church, such as St. Gregory, St. Bernard, St. Frances de Sales, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bellarmine, and many others, as much distinguished for their learning as for their piety, when writing their excellent works knew nothing of the fastidious requirements of the present day requirements which in nowise constitute progress.
In fact, if the spirit of our Fathers in the Faith was more simple, what is the cause of the disappearance of that ancient simplicity in the present time? Is it not the Protestant Rationalism with which, in our day, so many of our Catholics are infected?
Is it not the spirit of reasoning and criticism that emanated from the Lutheran Reformation, propagated by French Philosophism, which, leading them to consider the things of God from a purely human point of view, makes them cold, and alienates them from the Spirit of God?
The Venerable Louis of Blois, speaking of the “Revelations of St. Gertrude,” says: “This book contains treasures. Proud and carnal men,” he adds, “who understand nothing of the Spirit of God, treat as reveries the writings of the holy virgin Gertrude, of St. Mechtilde, St. Hildegarde, and others; it is because they are ignorant of the familiarity with which God communicates Himself to humble, simple, and loving Souls, and how in these intimate communications He is pleased to illumine these Souls with the pure light of truth, without any shadow of error.”
These words of Louis of Blois are serious. We did not wish to incur the reproach of this great Master in the Spiritual Life, and, whilst avoiding a blameworthy credulity, we have collected with a certain kind of liberty those which seem to us at once the best authenticated and the most instructive. May they increase in those who read them devotion towards the faithful departed. May they profoundly inspire all who read them with a holy and salutary fear of Purgatory.
Means of Assisting the Souls in Purgatory - Holy
The Religious of Citeaitx delivered by the Sacred Host - Blessed Henry Suzo.
No; of all that we can do in favour of the souls in Purgatory, there is nothing more precious than the immolation of our Divine Saviour upon the altar. Besides being the express doctrine of the Church, manifested in her Councils, many miraculous facts, properly authenticated, leave no room for doubt in regard to this point.
We have already spoken of the Religious who was delivered from Purgatory by the prayers of St. Bernard and his community. This Religious, whose regularity was not all that could be desired, had appeared after his death to ask the assistance of St. Bernard. The holy Abbot, with all his fervent disciples, hastened to offer prayers, fasts, and Masses for the poor departed brother.
The latter was speedily delivered, and appeared, full of gratitude, to an aged Religious of the community who had specially interested himself in his behalf. Questioned as to the suffrage which had been most profitable to him, instead of replying, he took the old man by the hand, and, conducting him to the church where Mass was being celebrated, “Behold”, said he, pointing to the altar, “the great redeeming power which has broken my chains; behold the price of my ransom: it is the Saving Host, which takes away the sins of the world”! (Footnote # 1. L’Abbé Postel, “Le Purgatoire”, chap. v.; cf. Rossign., “Merv.”, 47.)
Here is another incident, related by the historian Ferdinand of Castile, and quoted by Father Rossignoli. There was at Cologne, among the students in the higher
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classes of the university, two Dominican Religious of distinguished talent, one of whom was Blessed Henry Suzo. (Footnote # 1. Jan. 25 [This is the Feast Day of Blessed Henry Suzo in the Dominican Calendar]).
The same studies, the same kind of life, and above all the same relish for sanctity, had caused them to contract an intimate friendship, and they mutually imparted the favours which they received from Heaven.
When they had finished their studies, seeing that they were about to be separated, to return each one to his own convent, they agreed and promised one another that the first of the two who should die should be assisted by the other for a whole year by the celebration of two Masses each week – on Monday a Mass of Requiem, as was customary, and on Friday that of the Passion, in so far as the Rubrics would permit. They engaged to do this, gave each other the kiss of peace, and left Cologne.
For several years they both continued to serve God with the most edifying fervour. The brother whose name is not mentioned was the first to be called away, and Suzo received the tidings with the most perfect sentiments of resignation to the Divine will. As to the contract they had made, time had caused him to forget it. He prayed much for his friend, imposing new penances upon himself, and many other good works, but he did not think of offering the Masses which he had promised.
One morning, whilst meditating in retirement in the chapel, he suddenly saw appear before him the soul of his departed friend, who, regarding him with tenderness, reproached him with having been unfaithful to his word, given and accepted, and which he had a perfect right to rely upon with confidence. Blessed Suzo, surprised, excused his forgetfulness by enumerating the prayers and mortifications which he had offered, and still continued to offer, for his friend, whose salvation was as dear to him as his own. “Is it possible, my dear brother,” he added, “that so many prayers and good works which I have offered
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to God do not suffice for you?” “Oh ! no, dear brother”, replied the suffering soul, “that is not sufficient. It is the Blood of Jesus Christ that is needed to extinguish the flames by which I am consumed; it is the August Sacrifice [of the Mass] which will deliver me from these frightful torments. I implore you to keep your word, and refuse me not that which in justice you owe me.”
Blessed Suzo hastened to respond to the appeal of the suffering soul; and, to repair his fault, he celebrated, and caused to be celebrated, more Masses than he had promised.
On the following day several priests, at the request of Suzo, united with him in offering the Holy Sacrifice for the deceased, and continued this act of charity for several days.
After some time the friend of Suzo again appeared to him, but now in a very different condition; his countenance was joyful, and surrounded with beautiful light. “Oh! thanks, my faithful friend,” said he; “behold, by the Blood of my Saviour I am delivered from my sufferings. I am now going to Heaven to contemplate Him whom we so often adored together under the Eucharistic veil.” Suzo prostrated himself to thank the God of all mercy, and understood more than ever the inestimable value of the August Sacrifice of the Altar. (Footnote # 1. Rossignoli, “Merv.” 34, and Ferdinand de Castile.)
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Relief of the Souls - Holy Mass -
St. Nicholas of Tolentino and Pellegrino d’Osima.
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......“But thou hast saved us from them that afflict us, and thou hast put them to shame that hate us” (Ps. xliii [Psalm 43:8].). Such were the words addressed to the illustrious St. Nicholas of Tolentino by the souls that he had delivered in offering for them the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. One of the greatest virtues of that admirable servant of God, says Father Rossignoli (Footnote # 1. “Merv.”, 21. “Vie de St. Nic. de Tolentino”, Sept, 10 [Feast Day is September 10]) was his charity, his devotion to the Church Suffering.
For her he frequently fasted on bread and water, inflicted cruel disciplines upon himself, and wore about his loins a chain of sharp-pointed iron. When the sanctuary was thrown open to him, and his superiors wished to confer the priesthood upon him, he hesitated a long time before that sublime dignity, and nothing could make him decide to receive Holy Orders but the thought that by daily celebrating the Holy Sacrifice he could most efficaciously assist the suffering souls in Purgatory. On their part, the souls whom he relieved by so many suffrages
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appeared to him several times to thank him or to recommend themselves to his charity.
He lived near Pisa, entirely occupied with his spiritual exercises, when one Saturday during the night he saw in a dream a soul in pain, who besought him to celebrate Holy Mass on the following morning for her and several other souls that suffered most terribly in Purgatory. Nicholas recognized the voice, but could distinctly call to mind the person who spoke to him. “I am,” said the apparition, “your deceased friend Pellegrino d Osimo. By the Divine Mercy I have escaped eternal chastisement by repentance; not so the temporal punishment due to my sins. I come in the name of many souls as unfortunate as myself to entreat you to offer Holy Mass for us tomorrow; from it we expect our deliverance, or at least great alleviation.”
The saint replied, with his usual kindness, “May our Lord deign to relieve you by the merits of His precious Blood! But this Mass for the dead I cannot say tomorrow; I must sing the Conventual Mass in choir.” “Ah! at least come with me,” cried the departed soul, amid sighs and tears; “I conjure you, for the love of God, come and behold our sufferings, and you will no longer refuse; you are too good to leave us in such frightful agonies.”
Then it seemed to him that he was transported into Purgatory. He saw an immense plain, where a vast multitude of souls, of all ages and conditions, were a prey to divers tortures most horrible to behold. By gestures and by words they implored most piteously his assistance.
“Behold,” said Pellegrino, “the state of those who sent me to you. Since you are agreeable in the sight of God, we have confidence that He will refuse nothing to the oblation of the Sacrifice offered by you, and that His Divine Mercy will deliver us.”
At this pitiful sight the saint could not repress his tears. He immediately betook himself to prayer, to console them
in their sorrow, and the following morning went to the Prior, relating to him the vision he had had, and the request made by Pellegrino concerning the Mass for that day. The Father Prior, sharing his emotion, dispensed him for that day, and for the rest of the week, from saying the conventual Mass, that he might offer the Holy Sacrifice [of the Mass] for the departed, and devote himself entirely to the relief of the suffering souls.
Delighted with this permission, Nicholas went to the church and celebrated Holy Mass with extraordinary fervour. During the entire week he continued to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice for the same intention, besides offering day and night prayers, disciplines, and all sorts of good works.
At the end of the week, Pellegrino again appeared, but no longer in a state of suffering; he was clad in a white garment and surrounded with a celestial light, in which he pointed out a large number of happy souls. They all thanked him, calling him their liberator; then rising towards heaven, they chanted these words of the Psalmist, “Salvasti nos de affligentibus nos, et odientes nos confudisti” - Thou hast saved us from them that afflict us, and thou hast put them to shame that hate us”. (Ps. xliii [Psalm 43:8].) The enemies here spoken of are sins, and the demons who are their instigators.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is Greatly Needed by the Poor, Suffering Souls in Purgatory
Why do they come to Us? It is not because of WHO We are, but WHAT We do. The above photo of the 1941 Missae Defunctorum is the Requiem Mass Missal We use - the ONLY Requiem Mass Missal We use.
Sometimes they make their presence known by the strong stench of sulphur, or by rattling chains, or rattling paper, and they have even pulled the bedding off of the bed on which We were sleeping, and other times sitting on the end of the bed next to Our feet (We are tall so Our feet go to the end of the bed.)!
Many long years ago, now, when We were taking care of three very active Parishes, one of Our Parishioners asked Us to visit her Father in a local hospital and hopefully to be able to say a few prayers for him since he was very ill and could possibly die very soon. She was especially concerned about him because he had been away from the Church for over 50 years, apparently in part due to his occupation.
By the Grace of God We Administered the Last Rites to him. His Daughter was surprised he was willing to have Us do this! About two weeks later, We had to leave to take care of some personal business matters over 1,000 miles away, but We left his Daughter the telephone number where We could be reached, if necessary.
Our temporary replacement was well qualified and had many years of Parish experience. Several weeks later, We received a call from this Lady who told Us that her Father had just died about an hour before then. She and her young Daughter knelt down on the floor in their living room to say the Rosary for him. Shortly into the prayers of the Rosary, the floor upon which they were kneeling opened up and she saw her Father in the flames of Purgatory.
He told his Daughter that he had been destined to go to Hell, but when he received the Last Rites from Us, and also the Traditional Plenary Indulgence which is Our custom to impart, he was then able to go straight to Heaven! However, during the few weeks since then, he fell back into a bad habit so that when he died, he ended up in Purgatory.
However,, he told his Daughter that he needed only one Requiem Mass to go to Heaven! But she needed to contact Us because We had to be the one to Offer the Requiem Mass for him because We used then, and have always used, and continue to use, by the Grace of God, the 1941 Missae Defunctorum. Despite the fact that several other Priests, and even another Bishop, whom she knew, would most probably have agreed to Offer the Requiem Mass for him, he was very specific that We had to be the one to Offer the Requiem Mass for him. This We did immediately after the conclusion of that telephone call and his Daughter never heard or saw him again.
Many years before that episode, We received a telephone call concerning the Archbishop who had Ordained Us to the Holy Priesthood many years even before then. After the conclusion of the phone call, We vested for the Requiem Mass and used Our 1941 Missae Defunctorumwith which to Offer Our Requiem Mass for him. Three days later, he came quite unexpectedly as We were typing a theological treatise on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He thanked Us for the Mass. And since he was now in Heaven, he had learned a number of things virtually unknown to anyone in this life. He told Us at least two of these "secrets" which greatly surprised Us!
As you read the various excerpts from a few pages of Purgatory, Illustrated by the Lives and Legends of the Saints, you will probably be surprised at how often Souls from Purgatory visit people in this life!
The one thing We have learned from Our own experiences, and this is verified by some of the data in this book, the one and only thing that really helps the Souls in Purgatory are .VALID. Requiem Masses Offered by. VALIDLY. Ordained Catholic Priests and. VALIDLY. Consecrated Catholic Prelates, using pre-1944 Missals.