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Father Lawrence Lew, OP took this photograph inside the Church of Saint Catherine of Siena in New York City.Child's supernatural vision rescues her Dad from Purgatory, revealing the power of the Mass. This is an amazing story. Father Mark Goring of Saint Mary's Parish in Ottawa, Canada posted a video explaining a young child’s supernatural vision during Mass: She saw her Dad in Purgatory!

 Reality of Purgatory & The Mass

"It points to the reality of Purgatory and also of offering Masses for those who have died," Father Goring begins. The Canadian priest references the book, The Eucharistic Miracles of the World, which describes the child’s experience. The Church-approved event occurred in 17th century Montserrat, Spain, where the Benedictine monks gathered for conferences.

"While this was going on, a mother with her young daughter came to the monastery. Her husband (the girl’s father) had died. It was revealed to her that her father was in Purgatory and needed three Masses offered so he could be released into Heaven. She begged the abbot to offer three Masses for her father.

Father Goring then quotes from the book:

"The good abbot, moved by the girl’s tears, celebrated the first Mass the next day. She was there, and during the Mass, she saw her father kneeling, surrounded by frightening flames on the step of the main altar during the Eucharistic Consecration Prayer."

"The Father General of the Benedictines, in order to find out whether her story was true, dubiously asked the girl to put a handkerchief close to the flames that surrounded her father. At his request, the girl put the handkerchief into the fire, which only she could see. Immediately, all the monks saw the handkerchief burst into flames!"

"The next day, they offered a second Mass, and during that Mass, she saw her father dressed in a bright colored robe, standing next to the deacon. Then, on the next day during the third Mass being offered, she saw her father in a snow white robe. As soon as the Mass ended, the girl exclaimed: There is my father, going away, rising up to Heaven!"

Listen to the YouTube video of Father Goring's commentary here.

What do you think of this story?

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon them. Amen. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

+JMJ+

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