The Amazing Secrets of the Souls in Purgatory 
Sister Emmanuel, a nun from Medjugorje, interviews Maria Simma, an alleged mystic who has the charism of being able to see and talk to the souls in Purgatory. Answers questions like: Who decides if a soul goes to Purgatory? How do we get a soul released from Purgatory? How can we avoid Purgatory? What are the sins that most lead to purgatory? and much moreCLICK HERE

From the archives, 2001:


As many reflect on the saintliness of Mother Teresa -- who died four years ago this week, and whose canonization process is actively underway -- aspects of her miraculous life keep coming to the surface. Most of them involve examples of her fantastic love. Perhaps none is more surprising and even amazing -- certainly not more telling -- than a request she made during a tour of Africa. "In Yemen," recounted Mother Teresa, "which is entirely a Muslim country, I asked one of the rich people to build a Masjid [a mosque] there. People needed a place to pray, I said to him. They are all Muslim brothers and sisters. They need to have a place where they can meet God."

A nun asking for construction of a Muslim mosque!

It was charity that Mother Teresa emphasized as the hallmark of her faith, and it was a charity that knew no religious bounds. She was careful, yes, to adhere to the Catholic way; no one was more orthodox; no one had greater appreciation for the sacraments; but she was most careful to love. Her heart was a fountain of mercy and her openness was a manifestation of selflessness. 

The root was in her humbleness. 

"Humility always radiates the greatness and glory of God," she said. "Humility is the beginning of sanctity. Through humility we grow in love. "

These are important words at a time when pride runs rampant. It is the small things in life, said Mother Teresa -- the things many think of as inconsequential -- that mean the most to God. The food we give the poor. The help we grant the elderly. "I do not agree with the big way of doing things," said Mother Teresa. "To us, what matters is an individual. To get to love a person, we must come in close contact with him. If we wait till we get numbers, then we will be lost in numbers, and we will never be able to show that love and respect for the person."

It is one-to-one contact, emphasized Mother Teresa, that counts the most in our final spiritual evaluation. It's that upon which we will be judged. It's how we treat members of our families. It's how we look on strangers. It's our charity -- and not just to the poor, but to all we know, all we have met. "The very fact that God has placed a certain soul in our way is a sign that God wants us to do something for him or her," Mother Teresa said. "It is not chance; it has been planned by God."

If we want discernment, if we want guidance in life, the key is in humbleness. The key is in seeing Christ in every person. The key is making proper use of religion and not letting it cause us to judge harshly. This means focusing on others. "Dear God," said the nun, "when it comes to helping those in need, help me to see more than myself"! 

[Quotes are from The Joy in Loving, by Mother Teresa]

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