A Priest Who Saw Heaven, Hell And Purgatory

Fr Jose Maniyangat is currently the pastor of St. Mary's Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Maclenny, Florida.  Here is his personal testimony:

I was born on July 16, 1949 in Kerala, India to my parents, Jospeh and Theresa Maniyagat.  I am the eldest of seven children:  Jose, Mary, Theresa, Lissama, Zachariah, Valsa and Tom.

At the age of fourteen, I entered St Mary's Minor Seminary in Thiruvalla to begin my studies for the priesthood.  Four years later, I went to St Jospeh's Pontifical Major Seminary in Alwaye, Kerala to continue my priestly formation.  After completing the seven years of philosophy and theology, I was ordained a priest on January 1, 1975 to serve as a missionary in the Diocese of Thiruvalla.

On Sunday April 14, 1985, the Feast of the Divine Mercy, I was going to celebrate Mass at a mission church in the north part of Kerala, and I had a fatal accident.  I was riding a motorcycle when I was hit head-on by a jeep driven by a man who was intoxicated after a Hindu festival.  I was rushed to a hospital about 35 miles away.  On the way, my soul came out from my body and I experienced death.  Immediately, I met my Guardian Angel.  I saw my body and the people who were carrying me to the hospital.  I heard them crying and praying for me.  at this time my angel told me:  "I am going to take you to Heaven, the Lord wants to meet you and talk with you."  He also said that, on the way, he wanted to show me hell and purgatory.


First, the angel escorted me to hell.  It was an awful sight!  I saw Satan and the devils, an unquenchable fire of about 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, worms crawling over people screaming and fighting, others being tortured by demons.  The angel told me that all these sufferings were due to unrepented mortal sins.  Then, I understood that there are seven degrees of suffering or levels according to the number and kinds of mortal sins committed in their earthly lives.  The souls looked very ugly, cruel and horrific.  It was a fearful experience.  I saw people whom I knew, but I am not allowed to reveal their identities.  The sins that convicted them were mainly abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, hatefulness, unforgiveness and sacrilege.  The angel told me that if they had repented, they would have avoided hell and gone instead to purgatory.  I also understood that some people who repent from these sins might be purified on earth through their sufferings.  This way they can avoid purgatory and go straight to heaven.

I was surprised when I saw in hell even priests and bishops, some of whom I never expected to see.  Many of them were there because they had misled the people with false teaching and bad example.


After the visit to hell, my Guardian Angel escorted me to purgatory.  Here too, there are seven degrees of suffering and unquenchable fire.  But it is far less intense than hell and there was neither quarrelling nor fighting.  The main suffering of these souls is their separation from God.  Some of those who are in purgatory committed numerous mortal sins, but they were reconciled with God before their death.  Even though these souls are suffering, they enjoy peace and the knowledge that one day they will see God face to face. 

I had a chance to communicate with the souls in purgatory.  They asked me to pray for them and to tell the people to pray for them as well, so they can go to heaven quickly.  When we pray for these souls, we will receive their gratitude through their prayers, and once they enter heaven, their prayers become even more meritorious.

It is difficult for me to describe how beautiful my Guardian Angel is.  He is radiant and bright.  He is my constant companion and helps me in all my ministries, especially my healing ministry.  I experience his presence everywhere I go and I am grateful for his protection in my daily life.


Next, my angel escorted me to heaven passing through a big dazzling white tunnel.  I never experienced this much peace and joy in my life.  Then immediately heaven opened up and I heard the most delightful music, which I never heard before.  The angels were singing and praising God.  I saw all the saints, especially the Blessed Mother and St Joseph, and many dedicated holy Bishops and priests who were shining like stars.  And when I appeared before the Lord, Jesus told me:

"I want you to go back to the world.  In your second life, you will be an instrument of peace and healing to My people.  You will walk in a foreign land and you will speak in a foreign tongue.  Everything is possible for you with My grace."  After these words, the Blessed Mother told me:  "Do whatever He tells you.  I will help you in your ministries."

Words cannot express the beauty of heaven.  There we find so much peace and happiness, which exceed a million times our imagination.  Our Lord is far more beautiful than any image can convey.  His face is radiant and luminous and more beautiful than a thousand rising suns.  The pictures we see in the world are only a shadow of His magnificence.  The Blessed Mother was next to Jesus; She was so beautiful and radiant.  None of the images we see in this world can compare with her real beauty.  Heaven is our real home; we are created to reach heaven and enjoy God forever.  Then, I came back to the world with my angel.

While my body was at the hospital, the doctor completed all examinations and I was pronounced dead.  The cause of death was bleeding.  My family was notified, and since they were far away, the hospital staff decided to move my dead body to the morgue.  Because the hospital did not have air conditioners, they were concerned that the body would decompose quickly.  As they were moving my dead body to the morgue, my soul came back to the body.  I felt an excruciating pain because of so many wounds and broken bones.  I began to scream, and then the people became frightened and ran away screaming.  One of them approached the doctor and said: "The dead body is screaming."  The doctor came to examine the body and found that I was alive.  So he said:  "Father is alive, it is a miracle! Take him back to the hospital."

Now, back at the hospital, they gave me blood transfusions and I was taken to surgery to repair the broken bones.  They worked on my lower jaw, ribs, pelvic bone, wrists, and right leg.  After two months, I was released from the hospital, but my orthopaedic doctor said that I would never walk again.  I then said to him:  "The Lord who gave me my life back and sent me back to the world will heal me." Once at home, we were all praying for a miracle.  Still after a month, and with the casts removed, I was not able to move.  But one day while I was praying I felt an extraordinary pain in my pelvic area.  After a short while the pain disappeared completely and I heard a voice saying:  "You are healed.  Get up and walk."  I felt the peace and healing power on my body.  I immediately got up and walked.  I praised and thanked God for the miracle.

I reached my doctor with the news of my healing, and he was amazed.   He said:  "Your God is the true God.  I must follow your God."  The doctor was Hindu, and he asked me to teach him about our Church.  After studying the Faith, I baptized  him and he became Catholic.

Following the message from my Guardian Angel, I came to the United States on November 10, 1986 as a missionary priest...Since June 1999, I have been pastor of St Mary's Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Maclenny, Florida.
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Can I have Fr. Jose Maniangad's email address please?


To those who believe no explanation is needed. To those who do not believe no explanation is possible.

I too had an accident, and saw myself outside my body but only my eyes and suffered terrible tbi . a week later I heard in a voice, "are you prepared to meet your maker?" I was in awe. I said no not yet..... then dreamt of myself in church with a man with a brim clergy hat, and he said that is your funeral. I saw the whole mass and people at my funeral and I awoke. I have now been asking people "are your prepared to meet your maker?" In a group of tbi friends, one male said he had an accident driving his motorcycle and head on collision. He met Jesus and took him to the doors and into heaven, Jesus showed him everything and said will you go back to earth in a different form and you will live that way, told people to pray. he went back to earth in another way...he now is a paraplegic and when questioned he says, Jesus says to Pray. We must pray for our souls and ask for forgiveness as we love and forgive others. Thanks for youwonderful story... it is true with what you say... after my own experience I have had more and it is our place to evangelize for Jesus and bring others closer to the reality of heaven!

but but, I thought I read something that the dead and the living will only be judged on judgement day and that hell will exist after judgement for a thousand years. I thought I read something in the bible that death is like sleeping. I think it was in the book of revelation or in the book of john

Thank you for your comment, Falling Wind. There are actually two judgements - the first happens when we die, and is known as the Particular Judgement. At this judgement we see ourselves as God sees us and we know our eternal destiny. As the Bible says, " And as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment: " (Hebrews 9:27) There is also the General Judgement - this is the one Jesus speaks about in Matthew 25:31-46, where the good and the bad will be reunited to their bodies and receive recompense for their deeds. Hell is an eternal destiny, and spoken of by Jesus many times eg "Fear Him who can cast both body and soul into hell." (Luke 12:5)

thank you perseverer, this 'Him' in your last sentence, is it God? cause the H is not capitalized when I looked for it in the bible

Yes, it is God, and the pronoun for God does not have a capital in my Bible, either. It is just a little mark of respect I show when speaking of God.

i once thought that but my teacher told me that when you die you will be judged until the moment you died. At the last judgement you will be judged for all time. So for example you wrote an immoral book you will be judged for the harm it did to other people until the moment you died any more harm it caused other people after you died you will be judged for it at the last judgement. :) hope it helped

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God the Father and God the Mother is the way...
Hebrews 8:5 Mathew6:9 Galatians4:26


Father, your story of seeing heaven and hell have given me hope that even though i still sin , ( i dont go a day without asking Jesus for forgiveness of my sins ) that i still may go and be with the Lord) . I read these stories about people who saw heaven and hell and i was instilld with the terrible fear that i am going to hell no matter what i do because i am a sinner. But yours gives me hope. I had a dream recently where my recently deceased grandmother appeared to me but where i was it was dark outside with street lights . She lead me in the our father in Spanish. The fact that i saw very littlle light , makes me think she may not be in heaven. I hope i am wrong , she was a born again and very devouted to her church .

Scripture says we are all sinners in need of God's grace (Romans 3:23). Jesus Himself said, "The Son of Man came to seek out and save what was lost" (Matthew 19:10). So be of good cheer; God is close to the humble of heart who know their need of Him. Only God knows the eternal destiny of every soul, but surely your grandmother was disposed to be in His grace. Jesus knows how worried we tend to get about our salvation and that is why He said that in His Father's house there are many rooms and He is going ahead of us to prepare a place for us. Do not ever give up; keep fighting the good fight, and above all, be humble and turn lovingly to God as a child who runs to his mother for comfort.

Thank you i wont ever give up the good fight. I just hope God and Jesus forgive me despite the fact that i keep sinning when i try so hard not to

That was the most beautiful thing I have ever heard I needed to hear that you truly gave me more faith

This is just another made up story. As a theologian I can tell you hell in not created yet. No body is in hell because our lord has not arrived yet to cast judgment.
Second. Jesus did say I will resurrect all on the last day. We are asleep waiting for our lord to be resurrected.
The devil and his demons are not in hell. They are on earth roaming till The Lord comes.
St. Paul said
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

You want us to accept your argument because you are a self proclaimed theologian? Surely you know that argumentem ad hominem is no proof. You claim that nobody is in hell yet because Our Lord has not arrived yet to cast judgement. And yet, the Bible contains many passages that undeniably teach the existence of eternal hellfire. Take Jude 7, for example: "Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal hellfire." Sodom and Gomorrah are not waiting for the return of Our Lord as Judge to undergo hellfire.

You claim that the devil is not in hell because of demonic influence on earth. By this argument, neither are their saints in heaven because they influence us by their prayers on our behalf. But scripture proves you wrong: ( Peter 2:4)
"For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment..." which angels do you suppose St Peter is depicting here? Do you suppose there is a whole other category of once heavenly beings besides the devil and his legions?

My friend since you made these allegations, i'm forced to defend my Orthodox faith. Im surprised that you being a Roman catholic have very little faith and no belief. because if you did you would know better. i would like to mention some really famous saints who did battle with Satan. if Satan is still in hell (as you say he is) please explain these events with the saints.

St John Vianney
St padre Pio
St Gemma Galgani
St Anthony the great.

(i can go on forever but these will do for now)

you made lots of error in your letter.

one being when you said "For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment..

Do you truly understand what pits of darkness really is? (read my response below and it will explain.)

Do you know what happens to the soul when a person dies?

i suggest you read about the "toll houses" and believe the saints who support it..

There is a place called Tartarus where fallen high ranking angels are being kept. for their punishment against God. Only these angles are kept in chains.. i suggest you read about Tartarus.

Also Remember the coming of our lord where Daniel 12:2 says
And many of them that SLEEP in the dust of the earth AWAKE. some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

And Jesus himself did he not say the dead are conscious of the unconscious. (what do you suppose this means)

Be very careful how you Interpret and Understand the scriptures. You are not a Theologian. you do not have any Experience in demonology.

I on the other hand am.

I can go on forever explaining to you. but for now please read below..

There appear to be many passages which would make hell appear to be a place of non-existence. For many years, Christians held the belief that hell is a place of fiery torment. A place where the dead receive their just punishment. Luke 16:23-31 speaks of a rich man who went into hell and looked up to heaven and spoke with Abraham, asking him to ease his suffering. Another passage; Matthew 13:42 states “And throw them into the furnace and burn them.” Certainly these passages are frightening and noteworthy. Instilling in us a fear of eternal torture and punishment for our wrong doings in life.

Often ignored and overlooked are two things: the history and deeper meanings of these passages, and the passages which clearly refer to hell as a place of non-existence and bodily decay. To examine further some of the passages referring to hell as a place of torment, let us consider the following passages.

A word often used in scripture in reference to hell is Gehenna. Gehennas' true meaning has been forgotten by the passage of time. Gehenna was a well-known location in the time of Christ. Contrary to popular belief, Gehenna was not a place of other worldly fiery torment. Gehenna was a location just outside of Jerusalem.

Gehenna was a garbage dump. Used by Jews of the time to get rid of, or destroy things. Gehenna was a place to cast ones garbage, dead and diseased bodies, the bodies of criminals, and other refuse. In order to ensure complete and utter destruction, the Jews kept the fires of Gehenna always burning. Often fueling the fires with sulfur. Gehenna was a large valley often resembling, because of its size, a “burning lake of fire”. Many things aside from garbage were thrown into Gehenna. Often, the bodies of diseased dead people were thrown into Gehenna to ensure the diseases utter destruction and removal from populated areas. Also commonly thrown into the fires were the bodies of criminals, seen as a somewhat cleansing of society by utterly destroying the offenders. The fires of Gehenna were kept perpetually burning to utterly consume the corrupt things which were thrown into it.

When Christ was referring to Gehenna, He was therefore not referring to a place one goes after death. Gehenna would have been an inappropriate word to use to describe such a place. As those who would have heard him use this reference would not have associated it with an afterwordly place of punishment. They certainly would have associated it with the burning garbage dump.

See Matthew 10:28 28 "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.”

See James 3:6 “And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by Gehenna.”

See Luke 12:5 "But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, fear Him!”

See Matthew 5:22 "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into Gehenna.”

All or many of these passages refer to Gehenna as a place that one is “cast into”, and as a place of fire. Matthew 10:28 clearly states that the soul will be destroyed there.

Still another word frequently used in scripture where the dead go is Sheol. Sheol is the Hebrew word roughly translated as “the abode of the dead”, sometimes translated as “underworld”, “grave”, or “pit”.

The word Sheol was commonly used to denote not an afterlife of punishment and torment, but the earthly grave. The place where the body, not the soul goes.

Some of the earliest scriptures mentioning Sheol speak of it as a place where all undoubtedly go. In Genesis 37:35, Jacob does not question whether he will go there when hew says:

“All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. "No," he said, "in mourning will I go down to Sheol to my son." So his father wept for him.”

Again Jacob says:

Genesis 42:38; “But Jacob said, "My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he alone is left If harm should befall him on the journey you are taking, then you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow."

Job 7:9 "When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up.”

In Job 17:16, "Will it go down with me to Sheol? Shall we together go down into the dust?" Job clearly compares it to returning to dust.

Psalms 9:17 is noteworthy when it says: “The wicked will return to Sheol, Even all the nations who forget God.”

What is noteworthy about this passage is that it says nothing of those people who “forget god” being thrown into a place of fiery torment. They seemingly receive the same treatment as righteous men of the bible like Jacob and Job.

Very noteworthy is Psalms 49:14-15 “As sheep they are appointed for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; And the upright shall rule over them in the morning, And their form shall be for Sheol to consume So that they have no habitation. 15But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me.”

Many passages refer to both the righteous and unrighteous going to Sheol. Job speaks almost positively of it when he says in: Job 14:13 "Oh that You would hide me in Sheol, That You would conceal me until Your wrath returns to You, That You would set a limit for me and remember me!”

Certainly Job would not prefer the torments of a fiery hell to his unfortunate circumstances on earth.

Most passages in the Old Testament use the word Sheol. Likewise, most passages in the New Testament use the word Gehenna, sometimes “Hades“, which will be examined later. Still up for observation are the scriptures that clearly state hell as a place of inactivity, or a place where nothing happens other than bodily decay.

Psalms 16:10 is one of these many passages when it says: “For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol; nor will you allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.”

Perhaps one of the most convincing passages may be found in psalms 104:29: “You hide your face, they are dismayed; you take away their spirit, they expire and return to their dust.”

A commonly held belief is that God is the embodiment of life. Many passages refer to heaven as eternal life with god.
Ezekiel 18:4-20 is noteworthy here. V 5-9 speaks of a man who is very righteous. V9 states: “He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live, declares the Sovereign LORD.”

V 10-13 speaks of a man, who is very unrighteous and sinful, V 13 states: “He lends money on interest and takes increase; will he live? He will not live! He has committed all these abominations, he will surely be put to death; his blood will be on his own head.”

Psalms 164:4 clearly states: “His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.”

Acts 2:31 states “Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay.”

Origins of the idea of hell being a place of fiery torment

Among the many words used in scripture to refer to hell, there are Gehenna, Sheol, Tartarus, and Hades. Our “Hell” is nothing but a mistranslation of these words.

The word “hell” appears nowhere in ancient biblical texts and is a mistranslation provided for us by non other than Martin Luther who translated scripture into German in the early sixteenth century. Martin Luther translated the word “Hades” into hell (German Hölle). The underworld in Norse mythology was ruled by the goddess Hel. The place was also called Hel.

We have already covered the meanings behind the words “Gehenna”, and “Sheol”. But what of “Tartarus”, and “Hades“?

Like “Hel” in Norse mythology, “Hades” is the ancient Greek abode of the dead and the god of that underworld.

The word “Hades” is used exclusively in the New Testament, and is obviously of Greek influence. Certainly Hades did not come to exist as soon as the Jews made contact with the Greeks. Certainly the Jews of the time did not ascribe to the Greek ideas of hell. To do so would be counter productive to their ideal. Neither would Jesus allow paganism to influence or be a part of his teachings.

The word Hades in Greek translates into “Hidden”, or “unseen”. And was probably used by Christ in place of Sheol. Also noteworthy is that the gospels were written in Greek. So naturally, the word Hades would have been used in place of “Sheol”. It may have been that while speaking Aramaic, Christ did use the word “Sheol” which was then translated into “Hades” in the Greek scriptures.

The word Tartarus is used only once in 2 peter 2:4 to describe a place where sinning angels go. It may be noted that Tartarus appears to be a place that is temporary.
2 peter 2:4: “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to Tartarus, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment.”

Despite this essay and its biblical references, It should be noted that scripture can be interpreted in many ways. Consider the numerous denominations involved in Christianity. Who is to say what Christ ultimately meant when he used such words as Sheol, Gehenna and Hades or what ancient Jews understood these places to represent? Despite the fact that Gehenna was a fiery garbage dump, who can say 2000 years later what was meant by such phrases as “the will be cast into Gehenna.” Only one man who lived 2000 years ago knows the ultimate truth, which we shall all become aware of at our moment of passing.

I did battle with someone, once, while I was away from home. Satan does likewise. If you were truly orthodox you would know from the Church's history that Satan was unchained from hell in 1864. That does not stop hell from being his proper and habitual abode. It is because of the unleashing of Satan from hell that Pope Leo Xlll instituted the prayers after Mass (Tridentine).

I should point out to other readers that your position is not a Catholic one, and so when you make the claim of being "orthodox" it is not the claim of a Catholic.

I do not doubt the sincerity of your faith, however, it has been formed very differently from mine. You ask, "Who is to say what Christ ultimately meant when he used such words as Sheol, Gehenna and Hades or what ancient Jews understood these places to represent?" Who indeed? Christ gave to Peter and Peter's successors in the chair of Peter the authority to lead the Church, and it is the Church which is our true guide, with Christ at its head. Sacred scripture is only open to interpretation on points about which the Fathers and Doctors are in disagreement. Otherwise, its interpretation is fixed. I do not have to be a theologian to read and know the true sense of scripture, just a good and faithful Catholic.

I believe satan is in hell as well as millions of other places. How do you think he tempts you as well as everyone else on earth so many times in a single day. When Jesus died the gates of heaven were opened so we don't have to wait anymore it is either you go to heaven, hell or purgatory depending on your life on earth. At the last judgement we will be judged on the impact of our actions in all of time. It says that all the angels that supported satan are bound in hell by eternal chains the bible and all of the teaching we have received from the church does not hint of any other heavenly beings that are evil and if they are the are most probably in hell.

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Dear Pastor, your message have change some thought in me and have given me a new way of thinking and i perfectly know that my life will never be the same.
Pastor, please i will like you to send me more inspiration news of the the gospel, I LOVE YOU.
Thank You.

The Bible does not support your experience.

It is not my experience, but that of a Catholic priest. And you obviously do not know the Bible as well as you think you do.

Truelly Lord Jesus is humble and kind according to john 14:14 it say what ever you ask my name I shall give it to you. Many story i have heard about hell & heaven but this give me new strenght in catholic faith. Thank's u & may God bless for your testimony.

That is the great testimony, a friend of mine gave me his testimony - they are almost similar, this gives me the sense of universality since on happened in India and another one in Africa. We thank God for continually revealing himself to us in various ways. Jesus forgive me of all my sins and all sinners of the whole world. Amen. To the priest God designated him for that - each one of is created with a special purpose and until it is achieved God cant let us go to him ...Ok WHAT I know the truth is one and cannot change to be not ....when one accepts it or not ... the truth and the spiritual realities are.

after reading the above incident i am very much surprised becoz i donot belive in catholic religion. they do idol worship with jesus statues. we believe mother mary is used as an instrument in the birth of jesus. i am very much astonished to hear the above facts. But now i am thinking our Lord jesus appear to the believers according to their belief.

Studies on Near Death Experiences actually show the contrary. Atheists, for example, have visions of Jesus. I think a lot of people will be very surprised when they die to see that the Catholic religion is in fact the true religion founded by Christ, but also, that it is not what they thought it was.

Thank you for this. I believe what you all said. And about purgatory, I do make devotions for the poor souls in purgatory. Our prayers offered for them are the most charitable work of mercy, and this will reap great rewards of remission for our sins. I believe only in one Universal Church, the Roman Catholic Church, blessed with all the Holy Sacraments. I pity those people who because of pride, they think they know everything about the bible, as if they were born together with the apostles. When I tried comparing the bible of some other Christian religion especially born again, it was well edited.

Thank you for reading this, pabayo, and God bless.

Sukam thanne alle??

there is a story of one Stanley, a Phillipino,who had a similar encounter about a decade ago. He now preaches the Divine Mercy as revealed to St. Faustina. Its equally moving. I'm sure you can find the story if you google for it.

Thank you for mentioning it. I will look it up.

how do see the devil

Its really wonderful and I believe it

Thx so much for sharing your story! I wish u well, and will pray for u!
God bless!

"Our Lady showed me an abyss filled with fire to explain that this is the eternal fire," said the seer. "But she told me that hell is not fire. It is the eternal suffering of not seeing God, of being deprived of God."<br />
Kibeho<br />
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Vestine also saw a group of people who were singing yet they were also suffering from a temporary separation between themselves and God. Last of all Vestine was shown a place of radiant light and beauty, where people were in perfect happiness.<br />
- See more at: http://faithofthefathersapparitions.blogspot.com/2006/03/our-lady-of-kibeho.html#sthash.Q0DjAXiE.dpuf<br />
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big difference between an approve apparition at Kibeho and an unapproved

You guys worship the bible? I like fiction books too

We worship God. We are guided by the Bible as the revealed Word of God, as well as by Tradition and the Church.

oh!d first tym i wil hear about purgatory in revelation.Fr.i appreciate ur writeup bt i stil mantain dt Jesus i mean d crucified Jesus backs every revelation wit HIS WORDS which is d scriptURE.bt urs is devoid of it.pray ernestly let d Crucified JesuS Christ encounter u.

The Bible does teach purgatory, implicitly. It teaches that nothing defiled can enter heaven and that we must undergo a process of purification. It teaches us to pray for the dead. (Numbers 31:23; 2 Maccabees 12:39-45; Matthew 5:25-26; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 21:27)

I am a Catholic. once in my life,my destiny took me to a very dangerous place,that many people around the world are being victims,I would say its an awful place to be and of course I am aware that I am in a great pain and danger. My friends were pronounced dead in their country and loses hope..yet,I didn't gave up, I just pray and pray in that place everyday,my faith in God moved mountain in times I am in trouble.Now I am blessed I already got home and those people who helped me are are those who are the most baddest guys they know in that place..I can really think they were enlightened by the Holy Spirit to help me and not hurt me. To God be the Glory...God saves us indifficult times,and especially our souls to be in heaven.

Thank you for sharing your inspiring story of confidence in God. May He be praised for His kindness that works everything to our good.

My life is full of miracles from very early in life to this very day. I thank God for the grace of faith and that I am a catholic and have not been deceived by other Christian denominations.

Thank you for reading this and sharing your testimony, Robert.

Again you write in a most influential manner. As you know I have a personal struggle with the old testament. I have however been blessed by two separate miracles in my life. Both these miracles came from praying to St. Jude. So no matter what anyone says, I continue with my faith weak as it is.

Thank you for commenting. Faith, however weak, is a gift, a great gift. Our Lord knows not to quench the smouldering flame nor crush the bruised reed. But rather how, when we say,\"Lord, I have belief - help Thou my unbelief\" to gently lead us. :)

May I invite you to the Catholic Answers forum? It's a great forum for any questions that you may have about the Church, especially things in regards to some of the difficult things that are said in the Old Testament. If interested, the forums can be found on: forums.catholic.com
God bless!

Where in the bible does it talk about purgatory? In just asking questions I don't understand. Not trying to be rude or anything like that. Also, the bible says not to have any other gods before Him, idols, yet Catholics pray to Mary and have shrines for her and stuff. Where does it say that this is okay? I mean, I just dont want anyone to be led by manmade doctrine. Im a non denominational born again Christian, and im not knocking Catholics at all, but you are my brothers and sisters in Christ, im saying all this out of love. Im not knocking any Christian denomination. But shouldn't mass or church be about the Son of God, worship Him God the Father, God the son, and God the Holy Ghost? With worship and adoration to Jesus, our deliverer, our savior our King, Master Teacher Shepard. We are the bride of Christ

You say you are not knocking Catholics. It doesn\'t sound like that to me, and I will tell you why. You have not so much as bothered to find out what Catholics really believe before asking questions. This you could have done easily by googling. It is a simple courtesy, you know? I reply to a lot of non Catholic positions and I make sure I research every one of them before hand. What\'s more, I make sure I research them from people of their own religion.

Where in the Bible does it talk about purgatory? The Bible clearly teaches that perfect holiness requires purification, both in this life and in the next.
There are many references in the Bible, the most significant being 1 Corinthians 3:13-15:

Each man\'s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man\'s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

Thus there will be some sort of judgment and suffering, even for the saved and the elect, for whom Christ died, in order that they may be made fit for heaven. As Revelation 21:27 says, nothing defiled may enter heaven.

The Bible also shows how we should pray for the dead. See 2 Maccabees 12:39-45 and 2 Timothy 1:16-18. Since the damned in hell and the blessed in heaven cannot benefit from our prayers, there must be a third state of those who have died in God\'s grace, but with the stain of sin on their souls, who require further purification before entering heaven.

It is a massive insult to Catholics to accuse them of worshipping idols just because they have statues and pictures in their churches. Do you worship your family members because you have photos of them on your walls? Which Church do you think declared the Bible as divinely revealed truth in the first place?

Veneration of the saints is not worship, which belongs to God alone. It is simply an expression of honour, both for the saint and for God, who made the saint holy. This has a solid biblical basis. We are commanded to honour teachers in the Church (1 Timothy 5:17), those in government (Romans 13:7) and even fellow believers in Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-26). In fact, such a spirit of honouring those who deserve it is supposed to be characteristic of a Christian. (Romans 12:10, 1 Peter 2:17) The Bible devotes an entire chapter to the heroes of the Faith, whom we are to emulate (Hebrews 11).

The dictionary definition of a graven image is \"an idol made of wood or stone.\" It is idolatry forbidden by Exodus 20:4; the worshipping of an idol as it it were a god. As the end of the verse says, \"You shall not bow down to them or serve them.\"

Worshipping mere blocks of stone or wood is idolatry, but this is fundamentally different from using a statue as a visual aid to worship the one true God. Even in the Old Testament, the Jews made images of cherubim to decorate the ark of the covenant; they had the bronze serpent in the wilderness, and various images to decorate the Temple.

Now let me ask you something. Where in the Bible does it say that everything has to be found in the Bible?

I am very happy for you that you have turned to Christ and are beginning to study the Bible. Are you baptised yet?

The Mass is the reenactment of the Last Supper. It comes from the Latin \"missa\" which means \"sent\". It is what Jesus Christ commanded His apostles to do in memory of Him. The apostles celebrated Mass from the earliest days after Jesus ascended into heaven. You can google pictures of St Peter\'s church in Antioch and see the stone altar there upon which he said Mass. You can google St Clement\'s church in Rome and see pictures on the wall of the apostles vested for Mass.

@ perseverer -Hello .....Lets agree to disagree and lets reason and have a healthy debate alrite!!!
I was born of RC parents and lived in darkness believing every doctrine that was shoved upon me until the time I got saved,baptized and born again in 2007. To begin with am gonna counter ask you questions on the statements you made alrite ,You say that Bible is not the only thing we need to believe or follow? What is your understanding of the Bible my friend? So you are saying you are okay to believe and follow man made doctrines,traditions and beliefs and other literature right? What kind of research have you done to understand the origins of christianity, the early churches,the reality behind the why various denominations happened by breaking away from the catholic{UNIVERSAL is what the word catholic means btw} church? , Since you say everything does not have to be found in the bible and since the RC church very conveniently added 7 additional books, I suggest you then read the remaining apocryphal books which will give you a better understanding, The Gospel of James, The Gospel regarding Adam and Eve, The Gospel of Mary, The Gospel of Enoch, Gospel of Jesus.....and the list goes on......kindly read and then dig into the history to understand why these many books were left out when the bible was formed .....as you are aware scriptures is the infallible word of GOD which became the bible , Now the above books gives you understanding what happened after Adam and Eve were cast away from Eden, The birth of Virgin Mary, The life of Jesus during his child hood, The origin of the Nephlims...{Goliath and Dinosaurs} do you really think God would have created dinosaurs to live amongst humans???

To Answer the Second part- Not only in the old testament where the first commandment talks about any graven images of anything be it in the likeness of man, or animal or anything for that matter is not acceptable to God, We see the emphasis of abolishing the pagan idol worship in the new testament in may sections for example - Romans 1 talks about the reason why people are struggling with lust....{IDOL WORSHIP}
Firstly do not take one line from the bible and interpret it to what you think it is, You need to read the entire passage to understand to what context was this said!!! Your understanding of idol worship is typical RC with typical e.g. of the pic of your loved ones!!! Since i grew up in RC and have seen the practises i can boldly say that these statues, pics and idols are being worshipped, they bow down, they clothe them with sarees and , they offer candles,money , salt , food, they touch it, kiss it and pray to them for their selfish motives....
Let me ask you what exactly is the above then? Is this how you HONOUR or Venerate??? Why is that you don't think that Jesus will not hear or listen your prayers that you seek another source and then say it is because i prayed to this particular saint miracles happened and then blindly the remaining flock of people follow suit to pray and worship and seek favours to that particular saint or who ever it may be am i not correct in saying the typical and obvious truth????

Now then .....by doing this you are mocking God because you are not giving the rightful glory to God the father, Jesus the Son and The Holy Spirit and instead you give those so called saints, those statues,those pics, those objects and those places importance not realising that behind every such thing there is a power who is working to cast people to believe that they are miracles from HEAVEN.....Where as in reality you people don't realise who is actually behind them?

The below is taken from the BIBLE and not my or man made statments!!!
Jesus said very clearly- Ask my father anything in my name and he will do it for you, Again having said that he also added why prayers are not answered , Jesus said " because you are not praying in the correct manner and you pray for your selfish lusts rather than for things and plans which should be in accordance to God's will....

Again no man has seen God and no one has ascended into heaven except for the son of God { As stated by JESUS himself, kindly read the bible to see this exact statements}
To give you a better understanding there is no such thing called PURGATORY......But yes similar to that you have after the death of the body your spirit goes to God, but your soul which is nothing but your mind or your will will go to HADES as described in Revelations .Kindly understand HADES is of 2 compartments - One which is called (Paradise or Abrahams Bosom) where the righteous, faithful and the souls who have believed and died in christ will be kept and this is a place of rest for them and the other which is called Tartarus which is a place of torment,anguish and flames where the unfaithful and unrighteous souls will be until the second coming of Jesus christ.

The second and third bits are explained in the gospels of the new testament where Jesus speaks about the parable of the rich man and lazarus...so here it is evident that the unrighteous do not have a second chance once they die and they will be judged according to what they have done on earth at the time of the second coming of Jesus christ.No matter how much you people pray from earth there aint gonna make any diff because if you want to enter heaven then you have to live righteously and walk in the spirit so that you resist the lust of the flesh which is the temptations of the devil.

Thirdly Peter talks about Jesus going to Hades to both paradise where the soul of the repentant thief was taken to and also went to Tartarus to preach and save the people who were unrighteous during the times of Noah and also to deliver Adam as well......and the bible records that only 8 people converted and were saved inspite of Jesus going down to them. { Also refer the I believe prayer}

If you think that whatever I have said here is not true , kindly refer to the bible which is the infallible word of God and also the other apocryphal books which gives you better understanding.....

The point am trying to make here is that most practises,traditions,doctrines in RC were blindly followed as Rome the most powerful empire on earth adopted Christianity { Read letters of Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Ceasar} and origins of the early churches , Do you agree that ROMANS were PAGANS.....Then kindly research and in your own words like you said Google.....and you will find what ever i have said is the TRUTH AND I PRAY THAT THE TRUTH SETS YOU FREE LIKE IT HAS SET ME FREE!!!


There is so much to read and understand......and it amazes you and blows you off as to why we have been limited to less information only on the truth!!!!!

Jesus said before he ascended into heaven " I will send you a helper and he will be with you until the end of time" the helper is the HOLY SPIRIT which how many of you RC people pray to or consider what the spirit of GOD can do for us....but alas nobody realises that and blindly does things which are in vain and which is against GOD's commandments and will...

If I may ask you a question- The saints who are holy , Have you ever realised or thought how did they become holy and why did they become saints?
They did not pray to any other saints, they did not worship anything else, They prayed to God the father , They believed in Jesus and they acknowledged him as their saviour and they also proclaimed his death and his passion for the atonement of all sins of mankind past ,present and future and because of which all of us who are sinners are under the grace of Jesus christ our lord and God, Now how they lived holy and resisted the devil is by living righteous,praying and walking in the spirit and obeying the command of the HOLY SPIRIT, and hence they never succumbed to the lust of the flesh and did not indulge and any kind of vices like drinking,lust,slandering ,or anything , they gave top priority to JESUS and did not partake in earthly pleasures, They were in the world but not of the world ......and hence GOD was pleased with them.....

The bottom-line is if we people walk in the spirit and forgo the earthly pleasures and worship GOD in truth and spirit and give him top priority everything will be given to you in abundance......

Regarding the Cherubim on the ark of the covenant and the bronze snake on the staff !!! Have you read the entire passage on what context was God referring it to, May I ask you so do you even know what a cherubim is and how it looks like and how different it is from an angel???
Do you know why God asked to make the image of the bronze snake and reason behind the people who looked at it were healed???

Don't you conclude with your naive vague interpretations and lead people astray.....

Don't you not know that God is Spirit ? Don't you not know when the Glory of God appears it is a bright light which is brighter than the sunlight of a Million Suns........Bible ref- Old Testament the burning bush {Moses face shone like the sun} and new testament when Jesus appeared as a shining light to Saul who then got converted and became Paul..........and it is clearly said no man has seen God and no man can stand before the presence of God just like that because of his impeccable powerful glory.......

Then how have you so easily accepted that vague , naive paintings and sculptures of men and assume and proclaim that they are the actual images of the saints and mary and Jesus and etc.......

Don't you not realise that the painters and sculptors have given a face to their imagination and interpretation as to how Jesus, or Mary or any other saints may have looked like ......simply because unlike todays technology then it was just a wild guess /imagination.....

Woe to you because at the end of the day you have ended up praying, venerating ,honouring,and bowing to graven images and idols......assuming that it is what you think it is.......

I pray that the truth is revealed and you are all saved...........Seek for the truth and it will be revealed to you.....

You are just making rash judgments and gratuitous insults here. Only God knows what is in the hearts and minds of believers. You have no right to judge and condemn other people for the way they pray.

I do not, and have never, taken one line from the Bible and interpreted according to my own whim. You should know that Catholics are bound to follow the interpretation of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, where they are in agreement. I have beside me my large Douay Rheims Bible, Haydock version. It is huge, because each page is divided between the sacred text and the commentaries on it by the Fathers and Doctors of the Church. So I am never citing my own opinion, but the voice of the Church.

People are fallible, and sure, there are excesses of devotion. But that is all it is - all those saris, and money, candles, salt, food and kisses are not for the statue but the reality behind it. You should not be so fast to judge and condemn the motives of well meaning people.

I am a big believer in prayer and of course, like all Christians, I believe that Jesus hears my prayers when I pray to Him with sincerity. But let me ask you something - have you never asked someone else to pray for you? I know I have. Please pray for us, is what I ask my friends. And that includes my friends who are saints in heaven. Does that mean I don't believe that Jesus will hear and answer me? Of course not. But "where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20) It strengthens my prayer, and also my confidence in God, when others make the same prayer. The spiritual condition of the petitioner certainly influences the effectiveness of the prayer. So there is strength in numbers and particularly, strength in the sanctity of fellow believers. But in all this, it is not the friends to whom we are praying: it is the Lord our God. We are praying collectively to Him.

mathaius, there is a big difference between a reasoned debate and ranting, which is what you have done here. Ignoring your gratuitous insults for the time being, I will respond to this first of your entries.

Unlike you, I was not privileged to be born into a Christian family. I grew up with modern, liberated parents. My father was an atheist who despised religion and all types of believers. My mother married him outside the Church and never practised any form of religion as we were growing up. You say you were born again and "baptised" in 2007. Presumably, since you say you were raised in a Catholic family, you were baptised as a baby. Why, then, the need for a second baptism? That is a sacrilege!

The Bible is the infallible Word of God and I love it. But the Church came first, not the Bible. It is the Church which St Paul calls, "the pillar and ground of truth." (1 Timothy 3:15) The Bible receives its credentials from the Church which defined the books of the sacred canon.

Now, since you yourself state that you consult apocryphal works, I must ask why this is necessary, for someone whose sole rule of faith is the Bible. The Catholic Church did not add seven books. On the contrary, those books were removed by the Protestant reformers. Until then, the Bible as Catholics hold it, was unchanged for 1200 years and believed by all Christians.

The Church is not a man mad thing, it was established by Jesus Christ to continue His mission and teaching. As St Paul says, "Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle. " (2 Thessalonians 2:15) The Church and the Bible are both authoritative.

What kind of research have I done to understand the Bible, the Church, the origins of different denominations etc - a lot. I have studied Religion and Philosophy as majors at university. I have done many courses through different organisations. I have studied at Protestant Bible school. I have read the Bible several times and done many formal studies on it with guided study programs. I actually converted to Catholicism at age 19 as a result of my religious studies. Since then, I have continued to study religion and have a vast library of religious books. I am particularly interested in the Protestant Reformation and have read many books on the subject. I hope that answers your question.

My personal belief on the origins of the world is that the earth is young and that humans have indeed co-existed with dinosaurs. Their are fossils that seem to indicate this. But this belief is not binding on Christians; it is open to interpretation.

That\'s alot of great information. Im hesitant to google things because I get alot of information, some pro whatever and then anti whatever. So thank you for taking the time to respond. Gave me alot to think on and really humbled me. Lol. I def believe God wants me to read and study the bible more. But you have given me a great place to start. And yes I was baptized in the Atlantic ocean , totally cool :). About 3 yrs ago.
I go to bible study , she has holy water and st Theresa oil as well as some frankincense that she got blessed. Its serious business. Its amazing when she puts the oil on me and I get prayed over. Amazing.

in addition, please refer also to John 21:25 ...Now there are many other things that Jesus did. If they were all written down one by one, I suppose that the whole world could not hold the books that would be written. thank you and peace be with us all.

Ok, you have asked two points and I shall address them independently.

We ask others to pray for us. When a person dies, their body dies, but their soul is eternal. Thus the soul is judge by God.
God is not the God of the dead but the Living. Very important part.

There is only one MEDIATOR and that MEDIATOR is Jesus Christ. You MUST know what the word in Aramaic and Biblical Hebrew means. Mediator in those languages is SIYACH. This is Pronounced See Akh. It means to SPEAK FOR A PERSON.

That is what a Mediator does, is to SPEAK for us, and Jesus does SPEAK for us, so HE is the SIYACH for us.

Now remember you and I have asked people to pray for us. And remember the people in Heaven CAN pray for us because they are LIVING (Souls) They are our INTERCESSORS,

INTERSESSION (ors) in Aramaic and Biblical Hebrew the word is PAGAN. This is pronounced Paw Gah. It's ONLY meaning is TO PRAY or to ASK FOR US,

An Intercessor Prays or asks the MEDIATOR SIYACH to SPEAK FOR US.

Once you understand the true meaning of the words Scripture falls into place.

Now Purgatory.

We shall take the word WATER
English WATER
Latin aqua
Spanish Aqua
Chinese Shoewey
Japanese Mizu
German Wasser
Burmese Yea

what do these languages all have in Common, they each have a different word for water, but what they are describing is the VERY SAME THING.

So much with Scriptures

There were four major languages which followed each other
Aramaic (Biblical Hebrew),


Aramaic/Biblical Hebrew Gahanna
Greek Tartaroo
Latin Inferno
English Hell

You have four languages with different words which mean the very very same thing.

Purgatory we must do the very same thing By NAME Purgatory is mentioned 63 times in the Holy Scriptures.

Aramaic/Biblical Hebrew Sheol

Scripture has already been quoted so I shall not go into that part again. We do not worship Mary but Honor her, as due to her under the inspiration of the Holy Sprite when

Did not finish my scribblings


Aramaic/Biblical Hebrew Sheol
Greek Hades
Latin Purgatorium
English Purgatory

So Purgatory IS found in the Holy Scriptures, but you must know the languages first to understand them

your Brother in Christ

Snake USMC

You can find a lot of these questions answered on Catholic.com or on their forums.
God bless!

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there is nothing like purgatory- only heaven and hell

In your opinion. Thank you for reading.

What an Amazing Testimony Thank You So Much !

Thank you for reading this story and sharing your positive experience about it.

My mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung Cancer spread to her brain and had 7 tumors in her brain. The doctors said no cure for her and gave her less than 4 months to live.

Our family was devastated. There was nothing anyone could do. Money, status or our social connection couldn't buy us anything.Nothing of this world or from this world could save her.

We prayed to our Lord and our Saviour Jesus Christ. and all saints especially , St Jude and St Anthony and our beloved Mother.

In his mercy Jesus heard and answered our prayers and our mother was cured. Thank you Jesus. Praise you Jesus. Hallelujah

"For neither herb nor poultice cured them, but it was your word O Lord that heals all people." Wisdom of Solomon chapter 16 verse 12.

Praise God! What a stunning recovery! Thank you for sharing this wonderful news.

This is a beautiful story.

Thank you for reading it and leaving a positive message.

My discernment on how souls go to Hell or Purgatory or Heaven

In September, of 1995, my wife, my daughter and I went to a Marian conference in Chicago. While we there listening to the speakers, a thought came to my mind about how souls go to hell. Now no one was talking about this subject, for some reason I just started thinking about it. Before I go on, I must tell you that I have read several messages that state that God does not send souls to hell, that the soul sends itself to hell, and I had wondered how this could happen.
Well as I said, I was thinking about this, and it is like this, darkness is sin and light is God. Now if a person lives in a room or cave of compete darkness and has been there for along time, when that person comes into the light, he or she can not stand the light so the person goes back in to the dark room. This is like a soul that has lived in sin, when the soul dies, it can not stand to look at God, Who is pure Light, so the soul drives itself into hell.
Now the next day I was praying before Jesus in the blessed sacrament, the Holy Eucharist, when I began to think of this again and it was like this, a soul who lives in sin lives in darkness, but if the soul, while still living would let some light in, then when the soul died it would be like a person, who was in a dark room but let some light in. So then when the person went into the Light, he or she would be able to squint their eyes and look at the light and eventually be able to open their eyes all the way. This would be a soul that, when it died was not pure enough to go to heaven, so it went to purgatory.
All souls are different some have to squint harder then others and some can adjust faster to the light and some live always in the light, their eyes are wide open, these go straight to heaven.

Now on this same subject I would like to quote from the book “The Victorious Queen of The World”, a spiritual diary of a mystic, Sr. Natalia of Hungary, page 45:

“Once I cried on Jesus shoulder: “Why did you create hell?” To answer me, Jesus brought me to the judgment of a very sinful soul, whose sins He forgave. Satan was outraged!
“You are not just! This soul was mine all his life!” He shouted to Jesus: “This one committed so many sins, while I committed only one, and You still created hell for me.”
Jesus then with unbound love told Satan: “Lucifer! Did you ever ask Me for forgiveness?” Then Lucifer, seemingly beside himself, shouted: “That never! That I will never do!”
Then Jesus turned to me, “You see, if he could ask Me for forgiveness only once, hell would cease to exist.”

In November 1995 I bought a book “The Sorrow, The Sacrifice, and The Triumph” by Thomas W. Petrisko, which had just come out in November 1995. This book is about Christina Gallagher, The Apparitions, Visions, and Prophecies.

Now I do not promote or judge Christina Gallagher or any other visionary. I do read several books that I get at Marian conferences and some are on visionaries. I try to do as St. Paul says: Hold on to the good and let go of the bad and obey what the Church teaches.

Now I would like to quote, what happens at death starting on page 117, “ When release from the body each soul is destined for immortal life, and its future in eternity is determined by its state when death takes place and the soul is released from the body.

When the body dies and the soul is released, it suddenly finds itself in the full light of awareness, able to see itself as it stands in the sight of God. It then realizes the darkness to which the body’s actions condemned it. The sensitivity of the soul to the enormity of the Light of God is like the naked eye before the brilliance of a thousand suns, and the soul in darkness quivers in pain. It plunges itself into the sea of Hell to avoid the pain of the enormity of the Light.”

“The soul destined for Purgatory seeks shade at the level in Purgatory appropriate to its own imperfection. It will automatically plunge itself into which it failed to atone sufficiently; it will gladly go to whatever level of Purgatory is necessary, and it will be eternally grateful to God, in the knowledge that it will one day gain His Presence in Heaven.
2/17/05 Also from The Diary Of St. Faustina, I quote, “After these words, I received a deeper understanding of divine mercy. Only that soul who wants [to be damned] will be damned, for God condemns no one.(1452)
To St. Faustina: “My daughter, know without a doubt, and once and for all, that only mortal sin drives Me out of a soul, and nothing else.” (1181) AND “My daughter, know that you give Me greater glory by a single act of obedience than by long prayers and mortifications.” (894)

Also from The Diary Of St. Faustina, I quote, “At the end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts of happiness, and all these souls entered there. At the very first instant they forgot all their sufferings.” (153)
Here is something else I would like to share with you.
This is why Jesus asks us to live in constant penance for our sins! We should meditate on how much He suffered for our sins, in order that we might reach salvation. We should ask His forgiveness often and love Him for His unfathomable love!

Go in peace and the Love of God
And pray for me
Charles Fears

Thank you for sharing your well supported insights, Charles. I can see that like Our Lord, you hunger and thirst for souls to understand the dignity for which they were created, to share God's everlasting happiness in heaven. The analogy of light and darkness is very helpful, except that it does not convey the pain of separation from God. It does help someone to make sense of the fact that it is we ourselves who condemn ourselves to Hell, not God.

We are so blessed to have our adorable Saviour! Such hope, such mercy and love is ours if we only ask!

I pray for many Easter blessings for you and every soul that aspires to know and love God, as well as every soul that is trapped in darkness and hungers for the light.

Deo Gratias.

Wow I believe it...and abortion. Yes, it is horrible. I believe the calling on my life is to help change the people's hearts on the issues of abortion

Dear Father:
I loved what you have written about your experiences. It has touched my heart greatly. I believe In Jesus so very much, and the holy family, everything that our Catholic faith teaches us.
I love to read about what heaven is and everything spiritual I can find. God Bless You Father and I know that the Lord is leading you, and you are helping others to find Christ. Respectfully, Julie

Following the death of his brother (some 6 months), my father told me that he had seen him and spoken to him as if he had been there in front of him; it was not a dream that he described, although it had happened whilst he was sleeping...he said it was as if he were awake for about ten minutes whilst his brother `visited` him, and told him he was fine and that so were other members of the family who had passed away. I remember him telling me this about 20 years before his own death. <br />
About four months after my fathers death I experienced a similarly powerful and happy `reunion` with my father; again it was not dream like, it was `real time`; he was happy and joked with me, asking me to give him a hand up out of the airmchair he was sitting in. He was as light as a feather and we both laughed about it. He left soon after, and when I awoke the following morning, I experienced such joy, it was unbelieveable. <br />
I can`t explain it, but I believe my father did visit me.

What an interesting and comforting experience! My mother experienced something similar to this after my older brother died. He appeared to her as a young child of about 8 years and said that he was just there to tell her that he is ok. God is very wise and very kind.

I can understand you not liking what you read here, but it most definitely is not nonsense.


Thank you for this story. You never fail to amaze me. Just when I think I know all the answers, you come up with something like this. You are a blessing to all the world.

2000 degree fahrenheit liar it seems you were dead and took with you a thermometer

This is not even my story. I have simply posted the story written by the priest himself. It is not unprecedented, to see what lies beyond the grave. There is also no obligation for you or anyone to believe the truth of this story.

Thank you - I enjoyed reading this

God will remain to be god.Praise his holy name!

I only started to look into near death experiences recently. A friend of mine had suggested that people experience much what they expect to. So I did some research. And what I found was astonishing! In actual fact, people tend to experience what they need to. The highest category of people who experience a vision of Jesus in a NDE are atheists. Your family member was given a second chance but he hasn't thought it through to its logical conclusions yet. Thank you for commenting, my friend.

Interestingly a family member of mine drowned when young, and he watched from an elevated position, people pulling him from the water and working on him. I only learned of this recently, and when I asked how he thought this possible if there was nothing beyond death as he believes, he admitted he couldn't even guess an explanation. He is a very good man, does everything right, and yet he still denies the existence of a Creator, of God, of life after death.

Indeed! I know of but one. A list of other priests who claim to have seem heaven, hell and purgatory in a near death experience would be appreciated.

What an extraordinary reaction! You want proof? Just google "Miracles of Lourdes" and be as critical as you like! You obviously have no idea of the rigorous scrutiny the Catholic Church subjects alleged miracles to! Look at the stigmatist Therese Neuman who was observed by scientists and doctors around the clock, all well photographed, filmed and documented. There is an ocean of material out there for one who is willing to research. But you, I fear, have made up your mind and do not want to be confused by the facts.

capetownian, thank you for your comment.<br />
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If you can get your head around the vastness of the universe, then it is only one step further to getting one's head around the infinite God who created it.<br />
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God's personal interest in each one of us is the flip side of the mystery of His universal greatness. That He humbled Himself to take the nature of a slave and share our human condition is another great aspect of this mystery. That He would become incarnate and willing suffer and die for me personally is phenomenal. No wonder Christians are so enamoured with their God.<br />
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God cannot be forced to yield to peoples' prayers. And yet when our greater good will result He does tend to. There are over 200 verified miracles of healing from Lourdes alone. Why would someone, who has benefitted from a gratuitous act of God's kindness, seek financial remuneration? That would be dishonest and unfair. Every canonised saint has to have produced at least two authentic miracles. So let's take just one example, Australia's St Mary of the Cross, whose intercession obtained someone's miraculous cure from leukaemia.

You didn't understand anything I said, did you - miracles DO NOT EXIST! Please supply me with the scientifically verified proof - no you can't, can you? It's like the wiring in your brain is some how routed completely differently to normal people...Give us the FACTS please, not FICTION.
If you really want the truth about our existence here, take the time out to study the evolution of all life on this planet. Richard Dawkins has recently written an excellent book that explains it all in a easily understood way, and exposes the myths passed down thru the ages by religions -" The Magic of Reality" This should be essential reading for all school going children - not the poppycock and ,excuse me - "LIES" - distributed by cynical opportunists about a sky fairy who takes an interest in everything you and all the other 7 billion people on Earth do or don't do!!
I don't intend to continue this conversation - it's a fact that religion is similar to the problem of obesity - a very difficult lifestyle to change when you have been living it for many years....pity you have a blinkered view of life....

Gee, and here we are on this the third rock from the sun, in an average solar system in the outer ring of the Milky Way galaxy, one of over 100 billion stars in an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the known Universe - and "God" has an interest in each an every one of us?? - the mind truly boggles!!<br />
But that's the power of religious indoctrination from childhood to the grave.<br />
Rick Perry recently held a major prayer meeting in Texas - the ongoing drought - it got worse! "God" must have been taking a nap..??<br />
The James Randi Organisation has a million dollars in prize money waiting for anybody who can produce a "miracle".....put up or shut up, as they say in the classics!

Most sincerely, Wade7Waters, I thank you for reading this story and for giving me the opportunity to respond to your argument. At the outset I would make the point that this is one man's account of his near death experience. As an experience to be shared, EP is the right place, in my opinion. I see no reason to dispute the man's sincerity. I believe, reading this account, that he truly believes that he saw what he saw. But let us, for one moment, leave alone the extraordinary near death experience and just stick to observable facts. The man died. He was pronounced dead. The cause of death was bleeding. He came back to life while being wheeled to the morgue. That alone is extraordinary. I think many verified miracles are too easily dismissed by scoffers.<br />
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You say that Christians (sic) are Christians because they were brought up that way. How then, do you account for extraordinary, even miraculous conversions, such as that experienced by St Paul or St Augustine. Or a more recent example, by Pierre de Keriolet, the Frenchman who was an avowed atheist and not only converted to the Catholic Church after witnessing an exorcism, but became a priest? I was not brought up a Christian, but I became one when I was 19 years old, and had to contend with a good deal of skepticism and teasing from other family members.<br />
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Now, you say there are no devils, no demons. Did you know that in the Vatican there is an exorcist who works constantly to discern the genuine cases of diabolical possession? I think immediately of the Cure of Ars, St John Vianney, who was attacked constantly by the devil, beaten black and blue. These nocturnal attacks terrified the poor man and he begged some of the strong men in his parish to spend the night at the priory. Well, after what they witnessed, those men fled terrified. Things being lifted up and moved, the priest being lifted in the air and bashed against the wall, the screams and snarls. Or more recently, St Pio, the Capuchin stigmatist, who likewise experienced nocturnal diabolical attacks. You will have quite a job convincing a priest who has performed an exorcism that devils do not exist.<br />
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You say there are no supernatural gods in any religion. I say that there is one God and that His existence is easily proven. It is proven from intelligent design, from movement, from causality, from Revelation, from proven miracles. How do you disclaim any one of these? Do you deny that there are proven miracles, for example?<br />
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You question the notion of a God who is all good who demands worship from His creatures, who permits suffering, who asks to be accepted on the basis of faith, who ought by His nature to love His creatures unconditionally and who, because He is perfect, should not need creatures anyway.<br />
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I say that God is good; He is goodness itself. You are right in that as He is infinite in all perfections and perfectly happy within Himself He has no need for creatures. He did not create us because He needs anything. He created us to give us the chance to share in His own happiness. His creation was an act of free love. And when He created the world, it was perfect. There was no sin and no suffering. <br />
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The mystery of suffering is aligned to the mystery of sin. When sin entered the world, so did suffering. The order was disturbed; the perfection was broken. Without free will there would not necessarily have been suffering; there would not have been sin, either. But to share in God's happiness we have to willingly love, and we cannot make a free choice to do that if we do not have free will.<br />
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Let us see how your charge of not loving us unconditionally holds up. Jesus chose the good Samaritan to help up as an example. It was the tax collector whose home He wished to dine in. He called the man He knew would betray HIm to the most painful death invented "friend" even in the very act of being betrayed. Unconditional. There are only three people Jesus refused to speak to, and in each case they were people who remained obstinate in sin - Herod, Herodias and Salome. But look at how God tried to help them. He sent St John the Baptist. They murdered him. They refused to give up their serious and public sins. <br />
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You ask why did God create us when He already knew what the outcome would be. Was He lonely? I have already shown that being infinite in all perfections and therefore perfectly happy God had no need of our creation, but wished only to bring into existence creatures who might share in His own happiness. It is true that God knew the final outcome of all of us. Does knowing that some people would end up in hell negate the advantage of heaven for others?<br />
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Why do we always refer to God as male? He is a pure spirit. The simple answer to this is that Jesus is male and referred to His Father as male.<br />
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It is true that all of Adam and Eve's children came from the same parents. They lived to over 900 years of age and had many, many children. The danger of ****** is that it increases the likelihood of genetic abnormalities. But the first humans on earth were very nearly perfect. The danger did not exist. The laws about ****** came later as the human race developed more problems. <br />
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It is true that we are all descended from the same parentage. You ask how that can be since there are such big genetic differences. But the fact is, that it is possible for two parents to produce the full range of genetic possibilities in their children. The same parents can have children who are very fair and very dark. <br />
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Noah's Ark is real. It has been found. Parts of the Ark have been found around it. Petrified animal feces have been found near it. The graves of Noah and his family have been found. <br />
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How to fit all the world's species onto the Ark becomes less difficult when you consider that many animals were young and in hibernation. The Ark was enormous and divided into three decks. Whenever I have seen Bible scholars calculate the dimensions of the Ark and try to compute the likelihood of all the known species fitting onto it, it has been easy. There is plenty of room and more besides for storing all the food.

HowcanI not believe asI had a visit one at a Catholic retreat. I was filled with joy in my heart and The Voice spoke to me as I was so excited "BE STILLAND KNOW THAT I AM GOD" I was in the midst of trees that surrounded the retreatand Iheard "SEE&lt; YOU HAVEN"T BEEN ABLE TO SEE THE FOREST FOR THE TREE"S" There has beenmore thaat happened but that was the most extrodanary thing that ever happened tome.I have had a hard life, very hard but I feel I have certainly been watched over by Him and I'm sure my Gaurdian Angel throughout my life as I always seem to have a good relationship with God through Christ Jesus, his Son
The one thing I have not yet accomplished that I should do is to be Babtised in the Catholic Fait. I was Babtised however in the Christian faith.
I tank you so much for this work youhave donetohelp usall be reminded as Iampersonally moved by this storyand have a strongdesire now to be Babtised Catholic. Doyou believe this is important that I be Babtised again?
Please I ask that you continue to share with us, I for one Believe.

MsOracle, I must apologise for having missed this comment. To answer your question, Baptism can only be conferred once. If your baptism was done properly, with the correct matter and form, there is no need to be baptised again. Entry into the Catholic Church begins with an interview with a priest, and culminates with your first Confession and Communion and Confirmation. I wish you the very best and do not hesitate to write to me if you need help with any question.

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There are 12 major religions. There are many factions of each, but there are 12 majors. <br />
Each religion has a following that is absolutely certain their religion is the correct true religion. <br />
Christens reject 11 major religions as false and absurd. I just reject one more religion than christens. I reject all 12 as false and absurd. <br />
Christens are Christians because that is what they were taught from childhood because of where they were born. If you were born in a different region you would probably be a different religion and believe just as strongly in it.<br />
People did not become a Christians by researching all 12 religions and choosing the Christen religion. Just like all the other 11 major religions did not investigate any of the other options.<br />
The truth is, there are no supernatural gods of any kind in any religion. There are no devils, no demons no satins. These were created by primitive man out of FEAR of the unknown. The Sun, bad weather, Lightning and Thunder, Solar eclipses and many other mysterious and unexplainable things around them. They were scared and needed someone or some thing to protect them.<br />
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The religions need to have a devil to blame when things go wrong. Religions cannot allow any blame to fall on their god. They have to have a devil to blame. <br />
Without a devil and a hell, the churches could not control the people and their entire religion would collapses.<br />
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All religions believe God is:<br />
(1) All good.<br />
(2) All loving<br />
(3) All knowing<br />
(4) Perfect in every way<br />
(5) Created all men equally.<br />
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Let’s expound on these points. I will start with two and let’s hear more from you.<br />
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(1) All Good.<br />
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If I were God I personally would love my creations (humans) equally and not let them suffer in any way. I would not make them prove their loyalty to me by blind faith or by worshipping me or by building temples to honor and glorifying me. After all, by definition, I’m perfect I don’t need that.<br />
We do not do our children that way. We love them unconditionally just as a real God would do, if there was one.<br />
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Let’s take a look at (3) All knowing.<br />
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If God were “All knowing” then he would know the past, present and future. If he knows the future then he already knows your choice’s in life before you even do. He would already know who is going to “heaven” and who is going to “hell” before there even born. Remember, you said “God is perfect”, “God is all powerful”, “God is all knowing” <br />
So I ask, what is the point of life if the outcome is already known by “God” Why did he create us? Was he “lonely?” That’s a sign of imperfection. Why do we always refer to God as a male?<br />
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If the Adam and Eve story were true think it all the way through. All of Adam and Eve’s children would have had to procreate by ****** because there were no other humans. Isn’t ****** a Sin? That also means we are all related, White, Black, and all the other races of the world. If that’s true then why the big differences?<br />
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Noah’s Ark? Really? Do you know how many species of Mammals and Insects are on this planet? Not possible with even the biggest ship made today. Think people, think.<br />
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Please feel free to expound on this line of thought.

Why don't you ask him, jxjose? The story cites his present parish. You could probably google him. He would be delighted to hear from you, I'm sure. Thanks again for your interest. It certainly is a miracle.

I read the story of Fr Jose Maniyangat. Its a miracle. However, I would like to ask him, did he see any noncatholic/nonchristians in Haven apart from bishops and priests ?

Thank you again for this very important story and also for you comments :)

A wonderful story Perserverer!


Solia, I am sorry you are having to undergo the trial of missing Mass. I went through a period in my own life where I could not make it to Mass and the recommendation I was given was to do the Mass readings for the day, the rosary, and offer a spiritual communion until I would be able to go again.<br />
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About your abortion, God is a God of love. He understands. Of course He forgives you. He knows how much you want to have a baby. Your decision was made at a time in your life when you were not as grounded in faith as you are now. <br />
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Unfortunately, there are souls who do not repent of abortion and it is of note that they were particularly mentioned by this priest. But let's not forget that he took the liberty of mentioning that there were CAtholic bishops in hell too.

Dear Perseverer, Yesterday, was Sunday and as usual I didn't go to Mass. I am afraid to go and get smeared. It happed once already. Maybe I'll write a story about it. Your story here was as close to Mass as I got. <br />
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Also, made me so burdened thinking of my abortion. My husband and I are in sooo much pain after my abortion. I wonder if God knows how sorry I am? I wonder if my reasons matter. Anyway, thanks for posting such a wonderful miracle here on EP. You always give the best to us!

Thank you for reading this and leaving comments, Stialane, nelladell and Jh53.<br />
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"It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from their sins." (2Malachi 12:46) We are in communion with the souls in purgatory by helping them with our prayers and good works.<br />
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The doctrine of purgatory is proved from the constant teaching of the Church; but there is also ample proof in the Bible.<br />
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"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his father, with his angels: and then will he render to every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:27) Sorry, but Luther's claims about works not being necessary don't stand up to what the Good Book actually says.<br />
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"There shall not enter it any thing defiled, or any one that worketh abomination, or a lie, but they who are written in the book of life of the Lamb." (Apocalypse 21:27) NB Nothing defiled can enter heaven.<br />
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"If any man's work abide, which he hath built thereupon: he shall receive a reward. If any man's work burn, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire." (1Corinthians 3: 14-15)<br />
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Luther wanted to deny that faith without good works is dead which is why he eliminated the book of James from the sc<x>riptures. <br />
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The Catholic Faith did not deceive you, Jen; you just never learned it properly.

I enjoyed reading this, one of the very interesting variations of NDEs. Thanks.

its incredible how other people experience presence of God..and i wont disagree with anything but....i hope everyone is being cautious with END OF TIMES!<br />
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May GodBless!!!

Neeran, God allowed this experience in His great mercy as a much needed reminder for us. This priest is not the first Catholic to have been allowed the privilege of seeing life beyond the grave, but he might well be the first to have been guided through the entire realms of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. Yes, Neeran, God be praised!

Wish more people read this story on this earth. Praise the lord.

I agree. It is remarkable not only for what it conveys but also for the simplicity and transparent honesty of its telling.