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In "Hungry Souls" Van Den Aardweg relates stories of visitations from those in purgatory and presents physical evidence. Chapter 8, The Exhibits of the Museum of Purgatory, includes photos of evidence of visits from souls in purgatory contained in the Museum. The museum is located in the church of the Sacred Heart of Suffrage in Rome. The pictures and stories included in this chapter are enlightening.
These stories include the fact that even our smallest imperfections need to be removed before we can enter Heaven. Many have been surprised when souls of good and pious persons have appeared to ask for help. We ought not to think that our loved ones are immediately in Heaven, and we should continue to pray for them always. Van Den Aardweg states that while we help the hungry and needy in this world, we neglect those in the next who are even hungrier and needier.
While the souls in purgatory cannot pray for themselves, the souls in purgatory do watch over us. The souls of the deceased need our prayers and good works. From time to time souls in purgatory still appear to certain individuals to ask for help. Modern day saints who have been visited by souls in purgatory include St. Faustina, Padre Pio and St. Josemaria Escriva.
In the past I have found that some books published by Tan Publishers have been of poor quality and have fallen apart after reading only a couple of times. This book is of a much better quality paper, and the print is easy to read. It is the best book I have read about purgatory, and I highly recommend it.
Pros first - it is a bonus to have these detailed photographs from the Suffering souls museum. I had read about some of these objects, such as the burnt cloth, burnt table, etc. in some other books on purgatory and am glad at last to see them. I wish these photos could be inserted in TAN's earlier and better book, Purgatory Explained by the lives of the saints, which contains descriptions from the saints themselves.
Which leads me to the first con. This book is almost entirely the words of Gerard Van Den Aardweg, and while I have no issue with him, I think it far more beneficial to hear first hand accounts from the saints who experienced these things themselves. Aardweg is also an apologist for some more controversial people such as the Jose' Escriva (wrote a book about him)and Sister Faustina. The reason these are controversial is that some traditional groups do not accept their accounts of sanctity, since Sr. Faustina's writings were condemned by the Holy Office (while it still existed) and the diaries were written in several people's handwritings. This is not the place to go into a discussion on that, or on Escriva, but the amount of people who have come forward in that case and wanted to testify at the canonization hearings against his santitiy (former secretaries who witnessed him curse and threaten, etc) is staggering, and these people were denied the opportunity to testify. That in addition to the Vatican getting rid of the "devil's advocate" in the more recent canonizations has given many people pause.
So with that in the background, I tried to judge the book on its own merits and this was disturbing. He presents some of these events of the "paranormal" (not a very catholic term and the Church usually uses "supernatural) and it has the feeling sometimes of reading Amityville Horror or some poltergeist book. He also gives as examples episodes in which people engaged in "spiritualism" (a movement from the victorian era that was forbidden for Catholics) in which using seances, souls would be conjured up. This practice is a grave sin for Catholics, and yet the author never points this out. He wraps up one example by admitting that this was a "diabolical apparition." So why does he include this on a book about the Holy Souls? In another case, he taklks about a Viscount who uses a spiritualist "speaking table" after conversation with this being, the "spirit took leave of us with thesewords: "God forces me to speak thus; hell claims me back, farewell." Besides the oddity of a demon saying anything as nice as "farewell" why are readers interested in helping suffering souls exposed to paranormal and sinful behavior with souls condemed to hell?
Finally, for centuries the Church has offered the faithful the opportunity to help the suffering souls with indulgenced prayers. I could not locate a single indulgences prayer in this book and wish that it al least provided readers with sources to find those indulgences, such as the Raccolta, the earlier Purgatory book from TAN and espcially The Purgatorian Manual printed by Mother of Our Savior Catholic Goods.
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