Manuscript on Purgatory,
Revelations from a deceased
nun in the
18th century to a living nun about purgatory -- what's it's like, its levels
and sufferings, astonishing and credible detail. Imprimatur. Highly, highly
recommended. The importance of devotion, the value of suffering, what God
looks for in a soul, and how to protect oneself against the lower depth! This much we can say: it is a revelation that will affect the
way you view the rest of your life.
A must read, unforgettable and filled with that
special otherworldly touch that makes it so real.
BIZARRE, QUESTIONABLE 'REVELATIONS' ON HELL NONETHELESS REMIND US THAT A FIRE DOES EXIST
What about hell? We don't seem to be hearing much about that place of late, not from the pulpit, not from elsewhere.
It's a puzzling part of near-death episodes: we get tremendous descriptions of Heaven's splendor -- but few who describe the netherworld.
It's why we carried a bizarre blog entry the other day alleging that seven Colombia "born-againers" had been taken on a collective trip to Heaven and sheol. We asked the question: is there any truth to it? Was there any truth to the dismal picture they presented? It was "right on" in descriptions of Heaven (matching impressively with near-death experiences), but it was extreme in its depiction of who goes to hell (to say the least), seemed to have everyone headed there (for what some may see as lesser infractions), and was in obvious error in dismissing Catholic notions like purgatory. In asking if there was any truth to the revelation, it was obvious that we didn't accept the majority of it.
Be careful especially of mystics or anyone who claims to know who is in hell or purgatory.
Scripture tells us to take from an alleged mystical experiences what is good and leave the rest (as opposed to throwing the baby out with the bathwater) and we must say that, if nothing else. the notion of hell sobers us. Too often, perhaps, we think all we have to do is smile to get to Heaven -- and no doubt, love and kindness pave the way. They are the big part of the ticket.
But we must also purify internally.
"The place was divided into different sections of torment and suffering. One of the first sections that the Lord allowed us to see was the 'Valley of the Cauldrons,' as we called it. There were millions of cauldrons. The cauldrons were inlaid at the level of the ground; each of them was burning with lava inside. Inside each one was the soul of a person who had died and gone to hell.
"As soon as those souls saw the Lord, they started to shout and screamed, 'Lord, have mercy on us! Lord give me a chance to get out of this place! Lord, take me out and I will tell the world that this place is real!' But the Lord didn't even look at them. There were millions of men, women and young people in that place. We saw all of these people shouting in such great torment."
Tough stuff. Too tough? Was it a fabrication?
Perhaps. We reject notions that are not Catholic. And we must say, that hell is rarely recalled in near-death experiences. Some hypothesize this is because those who encounter hell block it out of their memories, while others argue it's because there is no place as is described above. Still others claim that the afterlife becomes what we expect. St. Teresa of Avila also described hell as like a muddy cellar with cells or caverns. Others say the fire of purgatory can be confused with the fires of hell. Less than ten percent of near-death experiences are negative.
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