Excerpt from an archived article posted at www.spiritdaily.com...
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Christmas should be a day to pray for the deceased. It's on Christmas -- according to two highly reliable revelations -- that most souls are released
into heaven and thus are in need of final prayers.
One revelation was in 1879 to a holy nun in a French convent. Identified as Sister M. de L.C., she received revelations from a deceased nun who
authorities identified only as Sister O -- and who at the time was herself suffering the torments of purgatory. The revelation was granted an
imprimatur from the Cardinal of Baltimore, Maryland, and was approved by noted theologians such as Canon Dubosq, promotor fidei of Saint Therese the
Little Flower. The transcripts of what she said may be the most valuable we've seen on purgatory.
"On All Souls' Day many souls leave the place of expiation and go to heaven," said the deceased nun. " Also, by a special grace of God on that day
only, all the suffering souls, without exception, have a share in the public prayers of the Church, even those who are in the great Purgatory. Still
the relief of each soul is in proportion to its merits. Some receive more, some less, but all feel the benefit of this extraordinary grace. Many of
the suffering souls receive this one help only in all the long years they pass here and this by the justice of God. It is not, however, on All Souls'
Day that the most go to Heaven. It is on Christmas night."
This message was confirmed in dramatic style more than a hundred years later -- in 1983 -- when a seer at Medjugorje reported nearly the same message,
and with virtually no chance of having been privy to the obscure French revelation (which had not been published). Said the Virgin at Medjugorje on
January 10 of that year: "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."
At Medjugorje it has been said that the Virgin appears in great golden splendor on special days like Christmas, and the French nun likewise said Our
Blessed Mother goes to Purgatory on her great feast days. She takes souls that are ready -- and all they may need is one final Mass, or even a final
prayer. Those on the "threshold" can gain Heaven that day with our help, while those in deeper parts of Purgatory will be relieved of suffering.
"There are many souls in Purgatory," said the Blessed Mother at Medjugorje. "There are also persons who have been consecrated to God -- some
priests, some religious. Pray for their intentions, at least the Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be seven times each, and the Creed. I
recommend it to you. There are a large number of souls who have been in Purgatory for a long time because no one prays for them."
This puts an entirely new perspective on Christmas. It's a time of great joy not only on earth but in the eternal and a day that our own joy must be
joined with concern for those who have gone before us -- who may be "graduating" that day.
Pray for them. Pray for everyone you have ever known who is deceased. Pray for every purgatorial soul on Christmas. If they don't need the prayers,
the Lord can designate them to souls who do.
And one day -- perhaps on Christmas night -- they'll be there to help you.
[Sister O's revelations are in a booklet called "An Unpublished Manuscript on Purgatory,"
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Pat Murnahan was coming back from a business trip to New York during the month of November, 1996. He felt his presentations had gone very well and he
felt relaxed as he sank back into his seat ready for the flight to London and then on to Dublin. He had chosen a window seat so that he could sleep
and not be disturbed by people coming and going. As more passengers entered the plane and it began to fill up, he could hear the hum of continuous
conversation up and down the aisles, mixed with the sound of bags being stowed in the overhead lockers.
After ten minutes Pat was beginning to snooze and the rhythmic sound finally lulled him to sleep. But just minutes after he fell asleep he found
himself sitting up fully awake. He heard nothing and wondered what had woken him, then he realized there was complete silence in the plane.
He sat fully upright wondering what had caused the silence, he felt a slight tinge of terror, the first thing coming to mind was that terrorists were
taking over the plane.
Pat turned hi s head to see what was happening and his mouth dropped open when he recognized the slight bent figure and smiling face that had caused
the complete silence as she moved quietly up the aisle; it was Mother Teresa of Calcutta, with another slight bent figure in similar dress following
Both nuns were dressed in simple white habits edged in blue. The familiar face, the wrinkled skin and the warm smiling eyes were instantly
recognizable by everyone, from the youngest back packers to the eldest on board. The plane was full of American tourists who had never been so close
to this world renowned figure before in their lives. An image they had seen on hundreds of television newscasts and on the covers of Time Magazine,
on more than one occasion.
The two nuns stopped and Pat realized with a start, that the designated seats of this most extraordinary person and her companion were the seats
beside him and he felt strangely unworthy as Mother Teresa herself was the one beside him. As the last few passengers settled in and the flight
prepared to take off, Mother Teresa and her companions took out their Rosary beads. He noticed as they unfolded the beads that each decade was a
They both closed their eyes as they immersed themselves in prayer and Pat stole a closer look at the unusual Rosary beads. He noticed that the
decades at the beginning were totally black but as the beads went on they got lighter until, at the end of the rosary, they were completely white.
After about three Rosaries Mother Teresa and her companion put away the beads and she took out a little red prayer book. But before she opened the
book she turned to Pat and asked him where was going. When he told her Ireland and then having replied to her next question to confirm the ‘yes, he
was Irish,’ he raised himself up in his seat more, no longer eager to sleep as he suddenly felt elated and privileged to be taking part in a
conversation with probably not only the most famous person on the planet but also probably the holiest. He was not ready for her next comment which
showed that her knowledge of the Irish was from another era.
She said, “Well, you being Irish you must of course be Catholic and very prayerful.”
Pat felt embarrassed and didn’t respond. Then he felt even more embarrassed, if that was possible, as she put away her little red book and took out
her Rosary again, saying “As you are Irish we will say another rosary for you and the wonderful country you come from.” Pat knew if he could see
himself then in a mirror his face would have turned a very crimson red.
She told him, “Is there anyone in particular you wish to keep in prayer?” Pat thought for a minute and he suddenly thought of his elderly
grandmother who was bedridden and just clinging to life...