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Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory Paperback – November 1, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
As I was reading Van Den Aardweg's book, I myself had auditory communication from a soul of a dear friend, call her V.S., who has been in purgatory for over 20 years and wants my help with prayers and especially Catholic masses. I dare not refuse her out of love and out of risk to my own soul. Since I have a Ph.D. in Financial Economics and run my own tax business, I am not someone inclined to romantic hallucinations and mumbo jumbo. When one discounts those books written by sensational opportunists out to make a quick buck at the expense of spiritually and emotionally vulnerable readers, one finds books like HUNGRY SOULS with stories that resonate with legitimacy. Van Den Aardweg has done us all a service with his contribution. I highly recommend it.
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This book is a MUST read for everyone. I have prayed for the souls of purgatory on and off for a while now. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Salve Regina
I've bought about 8 copies so far. Great eye opener and well documented. Hard to put it down. This will make someone with even a slightly open mind a believer in Purgatory.Published 2 months ago by MN icebox
Fascinating book that travels through documented cases involving visitations. Really interesting and this would be a great gift for anyone including the person who is on the fence... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nathan
Absolutely an amazing book! Every Catholic as well as Christians who are curious about the afterlife should (MUST) read this book! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lamona 25