Today, 2 Nov 2012, is the feast day of All Souls and yesterday was the solemnity of All Saints. Both days remind us that life has a purpose, and that purpose is complete union with Jesus in Heaven. Yesterday we shared the joy of those who have attained the happiness of Heaven and today we pray in solidarity with those being purified from sin so that they too may enter Heaven.
To help not only the Holy Souls in Purgatory, but all those who want to grow in their union with Jesus, a PDF version of ‘An Unpublished Manuscript on Purgatory’ was uploaded to the Resources page today. Each and every time I re-read this little book I get inspired and encouraged to do more of those things that please God.
The “Manuscript” is the record of interactions between a nun and a deceased member of her religious order. Because the deceased had not lived an exemplary life, her Purgatory was a long one. In His goodness and mercy, God permitted the deceased to visit the nun and to answer many questions about Purgatory and the spiritual life. These interactions took place between 1874 and 1890. Frequently the deceased reminds the nun that the speed of her progress through Purgatory is closely linked to the nun’s progress in holiness. The closer to God the nun is, the more effective her prayers and penances are to the deceased. For these many urgings to grow in holiness alone this Manuscript is worth reading and sharing with others.
Here are a few snippets to whet your appetite for more….
July 16th 1876. “The Holy Eucharist must be as a magnet for you, drawing you always more and more powerfully. This Sacrament must be the main object of your life.”
August 28th 1876. “Have no other desire than to love God always more and more. Try to be ever more closely united to Him. Endeavor to lead each day a more interior life, a life more closely united to your Jesus. This interior union with Jesus is brought about by your sufferings of body and soul, but above all by your longing love for Him. May you indeed conform to God’s plan by this interior life. He insists on it so pleadingly. I cannot tell you now the degree of sanctity and union with Himself to which He will lead you or what graces He has in store for you. I have, of course, spoken of some of these graces. The others are unknown to me. Guard well your actions, your very presence must inspire devotion.”
Un-dated. “I receive far more relief from one of your actions done in union with Jesus, than from a vocal prayer, because what is it that God hears? He hears all that is done with an interior spirit. The more closely a soul is united with God the more readily does He grant all it asks. A soul intimately united with Jesus is the mistress of His Heart. Strive then after this union which Jesus has desired to have with you for so long. You want to please Him? Well, this is the only way. You approach closer to His Heart by great attention to the least manifestation of His holy will. He must be able to twist and turn you as He likes and He must never find any resistance on your part. When you have arrived at that point you will begin to see and understand His goodness. Be really in earnest about working for God alone.”
November 1880. “Seriously reflect how many venial sins one who is careless about her eternal salvation commits in one day. How many minutes does she offer up to God? Does she think of Him seriously at all? Well, there are 365 days in one year, and if there are many such years, that person dies charged with a multitude of venial sins which have not been blotted out because she has not even thought of them. When such a soul appears before God to be judged there is scarcely a spark of love left in that soul when she comes to render an account of her life to Him who demands it back from her. Such all but sterile lives have to be begun all over again, when they reach this place of expiation. Lives lived without love for God will have to be atoned for here in Purgatory with intense sufferings. Whilst on earth, they did not profit by the mercy of God, but lived merely for the sake of the body. Now to regain their first splendour, they have to make satisfaction to the last farthing. This is what happens to indifferent souls. For souls of greater guilt, it is far worse.”
Eternal Rest grant unto all the Holy Souls in Purgatory O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
My Jesus, Mercy!