"There are many souls in Purgatory. There are also persons who have been consecrated to God: some priests, some religious. Pray for their intentions, at least 7 Our Father's, Hail Mary's and Glory Be's and the Creed. I recommend it to you. There is a large number of souls who have been in Purgatory for a long time because no one prays for them."
|Virgin of Carmel Saving Souls in Purgatory, Circle of Diego Quispe Tito, 17th c., collection of the Brooklyn Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
"There are different levels of which the lowest are close to Hell and the highest gradually draw near to Heaven. It is not on All Souls Day, but at Christmas, that the greatest numbers of souls leave Purgatory. There are in Purgatory, souls who pray ardently to God, but for whom no relative or friend prays for them 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 close to God who is just, but good. The majority go to Purgatory. Many go to Hell. A small number go directly to Heaven."
|English: Saint Mary in Hafnerberg ( Lower Austria ). Baroque altar of the Holy Cross - detail: Poor souls in the purgatory. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II