The Majority of People go to Purgatory
The Church is preparing for her great feast of All Saints day. It is a celebration of what we believe; that is life after death, and in the communion of saints with God in Heaven.
Now is the time to begin the novenas for the Poor Souls in Purgatory to remember our loved ones who have died.
Blessed Mother spoke often about the souls in Purgatory describing how we must pray for them and that there are many forgotten souls who have no one to pray for them. Marija one of the visionaries of Medjugorje has the mission to pray for the poor souls of Purgatory.
In the following message, Our Lady gave some insight about the final purification of the soul in Purgatory;
“In Purgatory there are different levels; the lowest is close to hell and the highest gradually draws near to Heaven. It is not on All Souls Day, but at Christmas that the greatest number of souls leave Purgatory. There are in Purgatory souls who pray ardently to God but for whom no relative or friend prays on earth. God makes them benefit from the prayers of other people. It happens that God permits them to manifest themselves in different ways, close to their relatives on earth, in order to remind men of the existence of Purgatory and to solicit their prayers to come close to God who is just, but good. The majority of people go to Purgatory. Many go to hell. A small number go directly to Heaven.” (Queen of Peace 1/10/83)
A mystic known as Maria Simma had visitations with the poor souls throughout most of her life. Below is a quote from the poor souls in one of her countless revelations, about making good use of the time we have here on earth. (excerpt from “Get us Out of Here” by Nicky Eltz)
“Only once in eternity will you recognize what you did with your time during your life with all the years, days and hours, and what you could have done with them. There too you will recognize what chances you missed during life to make everything good; and once there in eternity, it will be too late. What would people not do to start a new life if they knew what eternity was! And here are some more lines to remember:
Long is not eternal, but eternal is long…this is a true yet serious thought. Pick roses while they bloom for tomorrow is not today. Let no hour slip by for this time is fleeting. We build many firm houses and are in them only as guests. But for where we will be eternally, we build very little.
God gives you time so that you can progress with your souls. Man wanders through life but once and not a second time as it is taught by many today. This is wrong! God gives us only one time to live here on earth! It is satan’s trickery to think that you’ve been on earth before or that one comes to earth again in another body. These are falsehoods!
What great things could one make out of time? What treasures could one win or lose? Costly and short is time, it does not come again. Fulfillment of God’s will must be the password your entire lives!
Why does man dive into time bound things? Because he thinks so little about eternity. Seek in everything to fulfill God’s will. Do not get disturbed if you make mistakes over and over. What is important is always to get up again and to start anew. To error is human, getting up again is blessed and to stay in sin is satan! Recognize in humility that you are sinful, but no one need despair if he falls over and over because Christ died on the Cross for us so that we can get up repeatedly.
Most of our falls are do to weaknesses, superficialities, carelessness, but seldom malice. So do not get disturbed about your own faults and much less about those of others. Do not judge others! Those who do so again and again are those who should work on themselves most. A good word can heal, a nasty word can kill so never judge others.
Let no day go by without a good word or good deed. One should carry the other’s burden. Only in this way is the law of Christ fulfilled. If only everyone was eager never to judge another; to sow peace where conflict exists – and only to pass on the good about another, but never a mistake. Take care only to help the other in this manner, but never to injury him; then there would never again be a war. Was this the case not half as many people would be in Purgatory and Hell would be empty. Do good for others as long as you have time for it. A time will come when you can do no more and will only reap what you have sown.
Do not judge others but only yourself. That is the beginning of peace on earth. A good Christian has a firm decision in him only to fulfill God in humility and simplicity. He gets used to tolerating the mistakes of others and his own. You must work yourself forward from mediocrity to holiness.
Many wish to be good Christians, but to strain for holiness that seems too much for them! And still God’s Church needs truly holy and not merely somewhat holy men! The title of ruin is stranger that the mediocre, so how should it be conquered by mediocrity?
It is so important to be loyal in small matters because it strengthens humility and leads to great things…He who is loyal in small matters is also loyal in great matters. He who is disloyal in small matters is also disloyal in the great.”
What great words of wisdom that we can learn from the souls who suffer in eternity, with understanding of what they suffer for. It is a good way to examine our own conscience. Please in your daily prayer, pray for the poor souls, especially those who have been forgotten.
“And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.’ Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’ He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’ He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'” (Luke 16:20-31)