I was in no hurry to read the book but once I started reading the first page I was hooked and finished the book the next day. I just didn't want to put it down because there was something always happening and I was dying to find out what. The story starts with the main character Peter Saints who is a sixteen year old that lives in an orphanage since his parents death some years before. As the story progresses we learn quite a bit about Peter as a person. He has issues trusting people, he doesn't want to get close to anyone because he thinks they will be taken from him just as his parents were, he even admits to doing things just to get the attention of Pastor Finnegan Finn who runs the orphanage and who he looks at as a father figure.
All of these add to his character and the believability of his character since they seem to be 'normal' for what he went through. What wasn't normal about this well developed character is that he was always protected and when he snuck away from the orphanage a 'gift' was given to him from a dying friend. This gift is like no other and he often wondered if it was a curse. Peter is told to leave the orphanage by Pastor Finn since he can't protect him any longer and he provides him with some things he will need and sent him on a journey.
He meets up with Angel and then later on with Kyle. Kyle was the least developed but it seems to me the author did this intentionally. She wanted a bit of mystery around him so the reader would not know who's side he is on for sure. Kyle was the kid with the humor and his character really added to the story. Angel also had a secret that is eventually discovered. It was an interesting twist I didn't see coming.
Another interesting thing is all three of them discovered that none of them have parents that are alive and they all were treated like there was something 'off' about them. Either they were sheltered and kept inside and even home schooled so they didn't have to go out or when they did go out their parents were very uneasy and always looking over their shoulder. Things they overheard their parents say even made them wonder if their parents were crazy. They also found out they had other things in common too, right down to the blood in their veins. On their journey they discover the when, where, and why they are running from others who want to kill them.
You can read what the Author wrote about the story yourself so I won't recap the whole story but I was at the edge of my seat when the enemy was close or when there was the discovery of some new information or place. The imagination and all the details with their twists and turns really kept me glued to the book. In fact, it is very hard to write a review for this story because I don't want to include any spoilers which means I can't really say a lot about it. There was something going on all the time but in order for you to understand it, I would have to explain it which means "a spoiler".
I don't want to do that and ruin it for you so you will have to take my word for it, it was full of things happening, people trying to kidnap the main characters in fact, they did kidnap one of them , new secret places being discovered or artifacts being discovered that were hidden many years ago by their ancestors, and the ever present danger of the Extraho of Obscurum being rebuilt and their "Master" bonding with a human to enact his reign of terror here on earth and beyond. There really wasn't a lot of swearing. In fact, it was minor things. There is a 'love scene' and I use that loosely because it was short and it involved kissing and some touching with the 'desires' explained but nothing more happened.
By today's standards I don't even think they would call the intense kissing a 'love scene'. There is a lot of fighting and people dying but there really is nothing detailed where it would cause concern and the fighting for the most part was justified by a ' it's either you or me' good vs evil scenario. The only negative things I have to say is there a format issue that I found distracting, the LM Preston and the number was in odd places and at times even right in the middle of a sentence. I read the Kindle Version so maybe on a Nook these were not a problem.
There were also several spelling errors, "Angel" was "Angle" and "his" was used instead of "he" in sentences such as "His kissed her" and "His bit his finger". Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing. I absolutely enjoyed this story. In fact, I loved the story!
Jan 10, Sandra Valente rated it really liked it Shelves: have-read , ya-supernatural , fiction , , ya , sci-fi-paranormal. E-book received from author for review Another surprising YA read! I seem to be reading more and more of them lately, which by the way is always a good thing. Purgatory Reign revolves around the MC, Peter Saints, who currently lives in a rundown parish which caters for kids pretty much in the same situation he's in. He's lost both his parents and others close to him, in an unusual twist as he later finds out when he's forced to run.
He's pretty much a loner, stands up for himself as one must in a E-book received from author for review Another surprising YA read! He's pretty much a loner, stands up for himself as one must in a world where trust isn't easily given and seems to be in constant trouble. Most of it though, he does purposely just to get a rise out of Pastor Finn. One particular evening when Peter is not supposed to be out, in fact he's been punished - although this little fact doesn't deter him, he once again makes his way out to attend his favourite club, Jam House. To his irritation, Hanna, a waif he'd once taken pity on, starts calling him and following him.
Desperate to get away, Peter runs across the street in the hope that she's somehow prevented from 'stalking' him. She's fatally wounded, but before she dies, she leaves Peter with a burning mark on his hand. However much Peter wanted to lose her, he in no way wanted her to die and this is something he feels responsible for throughout the story. It's the reason he hates making friends or being stupid enough to rely on anyone.
They all seem to die - indirectly - by his hand. They don't, it's just how he feels. Peter is rightly no longer interested in partying, and fast tracks it back to the parish where he collides with Pastor Finn. After another earful, Peter shouts that he's killed someone. When Pastor Finn sees his hand, there is nothing for Peter but to run and he is honest in telling Peter that he's not sure who's after him, but that an order by the name of Decretum Venia has been protecting him. Evil will be after him. With provisions in hand, he must find the next Sanctuary, and the next and the next. He can't stay in one place too long.
Along the way he meets a boy by the name of Angel, a scrawny kid who is always covered up even in the hottest of days. Apparently Angel suffers from anaemia. There is a surprise twist here, and one I don't really want to elaborate on so's not to spoil it. Peter has powers, which were passed down from his parents as they belonged to the order, but then the story wouldn't be as interesting or suspenseful if it didn't contain both good and evil and that's exactly what you have here.
Peter and Angel come across yet another boy, Kyle, who also seems to be a loner and ends up joining their misshappen group. Peter, Angel and Kyle have all lost their parents in the strangest manner. Is it all connected? Are they all connected? I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and although it wasn't jam packed and full of action on every single page it was suspenseful. Not every story needs to be too busy.
It's a story of hurt, reflection, friendship, romance and ultimately one of survival. In regards to the romance, I must say that I thought the 'revelation' and what followed happened too quickly - within a couple of sentences. As soon as Peter understood what he was seeing, he was instantly in love. This part could have and should have taken a bit longer to play out, but I do get that he's always adored and loved being around girls. Still, love and I'm sure love at first sight does happen or the feeling that you are in love, should take a while to simmer before it's announced.
As far as the dynamic between all three main characters is concerned, it was good and I can completely see these three clicking in real life. More importantly, they have each others backs. All in all, this was a most enjoyable book. I liked it because it was different, and I especially liked it because colour is not an issue, just as it should be.
I'd say this was appropriate from the ages of sixteen and up, although if you don't like a cuss word here and there, you may be offended. Honestly though, I'm around kids from all ages and nothing in this book isn't something I haven't heard a fourteen-year-old mutter. Good job, Ms. Oh, and I love this cover. Nov 11, Ema Volf rated it it was amazing. I'm not sure where to begin! I adored this book! It had everything I look for! I was blessed to be given an ARC copy for review, and I have to say, it makes me a bit sad that a lot of people can't read this book yet.
It was that good! When a girl dies in his arms, Peter Saints's life is really thrown through a loop. He is immediately sent on a journey that seems a bit impossible, but he is strong and determined. Peter might be young, but he has a past that makes him seem so much older. People I'm not sure where to begin! People seem to die all around him, and like anyone else would, he fully blames himself for it. He's a bit jaded and can be a bit of a jerk at times, but you know what? I probably would be too if I were in his shoes. The best way to keep people from falling into the death trap that seems to surround you would be to scare them the heck away!
The important thing is that we always know that underneath all the anger, fear, and pain, he is a great guy and a fascinating character. Along the way, he meets a few friends, and many, MANY foes. His friends, while weak in some ways, have definite strengths, both in their actions in the book and as characters from a reader's standpoint. They are realistic enough that I could even see pieces of them in my own friends. They pull him through even though toughest scrapes. Most importantly, they both teach him things about himself and everything around him. When I pick up a book of any kind, I'm all about the life lessons!
I look for these! I truly enjoyed the development of Peter's character once his friends were brought into the picture. The world that LM Preston created is terrifying! Because it's just like ours. I'm probably going to be looking at people a bit funny for a week, wondering if there's a creepy demon riding on their shoulders.
I particularly enjoyed learning about the secret societies. They were well-thought out and well-rounded. I was given enough information to not be completely lost, but not so much that I'm not genuinely curious. I finished the book hours ago, and I already want to know more. I truly enjoyed this story. It has everything. Action that kept me on the edge of my seat, love that I found believably flawed and yet beautiful at the same time, loss that really tore at my heart, lessons that keep me thinking after I put it down, friendships that only added to the character development, and tons of intriguing paranormal story line woven in to keep me wanting more.
I seriously can't wait until the next one! The wait is going to be torture! Nov 06, Bodea rated it liked it Shelves: arcs. Purgatory Reign and I started off on shaky ground. For the first thirty pages or so, the writing felt rushed and choppy. On top of that, the first sixty or so pages, the story moved really slowly. After that though, things picked up quite a bit, the writing smoothed out, and I was finally enjoying myself. The main characters, Angel and Peter develop slowly over the course of the story. In the beginning, I found Peter to be tough, closed off to the idea of establishing ties to anyone, and not likely to hope for the best.
That changes as he's thrown head first into a quest about a history he knows nothing about. Along the way, he meets Angel and they slowly start to become friends and you can see that he gradually opens up and actually starts to hope for things. Angel is also tough, but has a vulnerable, fun side as well. I really liked the friendship, especially towards the beginning of the story. I really enjoyed the set up between Angel and Peter. I love that trope and I wish it were used more often.
I also wish it had lasted a bit longer. The plot was a lot of fun and I loved the concept. The author puts her own spin on the age old battle between good and evil. It all culminated in a great way, leaving me wanting more. I thought it was a bit rushed and could have progessed at a much more natural pace. Lucky for me, everything else was enjoyable and I was more invested in the journey the characters were taking. Dec 09, Jessy rated it liked it. With his life on the line he just keeps running from place to place hoping to find some answers.
Along the way he meets Angel. Not sure if he should trust anyone or let anyone get close enough to him he decides its probably best to keep to himself. Angel has different plans. He wants to join Peter wherever he's going as long as he's not alone. Along the way they find some mysterious answers to all their questions, but really it just raises a whole lot more unknowns! This book is set up for a sequel. You will be introduced to all the main characters and you will get a slight understanding as to what Peter, Angel, and Kyle are trying to evade.
You will find that evil is lurking around and it has had years and years of hunting the blood of innocents to find and destroy all good in the world. We are banded together in this book. We get a lot more questions than answers and that's A okay with me! It's written well enough that I'm not frustrated about it. I'm actually excited about the sequel!! There is a little romance thrown in there and there were times I found their love quite charming and true to feelings of ''first love''.
The friendships that LM Preston portrays are awesome! What LM Preston is really good at, is creating friendships and allowing that relationship to grow within the pages as they seek shelters to stay alive. Our main character, Peter, is a young man that has had some difficulties thrown at him all his life. It makes for a tough exterior.
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A hard view on the world and the people around him. He is feisty, smart, quick and deep down a teddy bear. He's a hard player when he has to be, but those barriers break down when they need to. If you enjoy ya, angst, suspense, paranormal reads then this book is for you! I give this book my thumbs up! Dec 28, Melanie rated it really liked it. I was given this book for an honest review. This book starts with a teenage boy, Peter Saints, that is living in an orphanage and is down and out. His parents were killed years ago and is in the care of Paster Finn, the caretaker of the orphanage.
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Paster Finn teaches or tries to teach Peter about religion, Latin, things about Order of the Grace and fighting. Peter knows he is hiding, but he is a rebel and escapes the orphanage on occasion. He meets a girl, Hannah, and she was killed. Before she d I was given this book for an honest review. Before she died she gave him a gift that he will need in the near future. Plaster Finn tells him he has to run and not get caught by the people that killed his parents.
On the run he meets Angel who is running also. They almost get caught at a fair in Georgia. They meet a boy, Kyle, who saves them and wants to tag along, but he is not forthcoming. Kyle has resources to help and so they all run together. The teenagers find safehouses and strongholds thanks to the gift Peter was given by Hannah. The story switches back and forth to an evil group lead by Gavin and his brother Lucien. They do very evil acts. Because of the family lines Peter, Angel and Kyle among others were born in, Gavin can use their blood to find out secrets he and his ancestors have been searching for.
Gavin wants to capture them and drain their blood for his purposes. This book is good and a great start to a series! This story has very dark parts that I could hardly read, but they contributed to the storyline, was very well written and made it more thrilling. I loved the imaginative places and awesome powers. I would have like to know before then. Dec 29, Kat Why Read rated it really liked it Shelves: arc. Peter Saint! Peter is an orphan, but he's not your musical singing, high hopes, looking for a new family type of guy. He is parentless and mad as hell.
He's forced from yet another home the orphanage after the death of a street kid and it on the run with no apparent mission. While wondering aimlessly, he meets up with teens of similar misfortune and embark on a journey with unimaginable evil nipping at their heels.
On first introduction Pete Peter Saint! On first introduction Peter intimidated me tremendously. I mean there was absolutely no ray of hope for this kid. He's seen death far too many times and is convinced he's a bad omen. He's sullen and pushes everyone away with this temper and constant rage. Then slowly but surely his sensitive side peaks in small bursts until it's overflowing. The object of his affection and romance wasn't very surprising. I have to admit I sort of predicted and anticipated the moment.
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What I did enjoy, however is how the pawns were played. It wasn't intense to the point of obviation to the dangers around them. The mystery and suspense of Purgatory Reign was well drawn out. Not even the characters realized the extent of the dangers they faced or even the reasons. The reader discovers the intricate plot piece by excruciating piece. Without giving too much away, I'll say Purgatory Reign is a story about good and evil I've read many novels concerning these points but has never seen it portrayed quite like it is here. Purgatory Reign is a highly original story. Science Fiction fans will just eat this up!
Big thanks to the author for entrusting me with an honest review! Nov 16, Shona Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc , books-i-love-and-will-read-again , top-books-from When I agreed to read this book I knew nothing about it. I literally gave the synopsis a quick peek but I didn't really take it in. Can I just say that this has to be my most favourite way to read books, I seem to find the best books this way.
Preston's world building is fantastic and it draws you in from the first page, I seriously struggled to put this book down and when I had to put it down I struggled to keep my mind off it. Once this book starts up the action doesn't stop until the very end When I agreed to read this book I knew nothing about it. Once this book starts up the action doesn't stop until the very end. Peter is understandably confused when his guardian Pastor Finn sends him on the run after Hanna's death, he has no idea who he is running from or where he is running to.
Peter believes that anyone who gets too close to him will also die, but he doesn't understand why. He just tries to keep people away from him. Until he meets Angel. While searching for the answers to his questions Peter makes a few friends, friends who will save his life, give him purpose and stop him from feeling alone in the world. And unlike in plenty of other books it isn't an insta-friendship. These friendships take building, take earning of trust and is believable.
The book built towards this big climax which seemed to be over really quickly, almost too quickly really. So I re-read it. Only to find that I had in actual fact skimmed some of it to find out what happened next as it was so gripping. Put this on your TBR list because you will not be disappointed, this book has it all: Secret societies, demons, romance, friendship, danger, blood and sacrifice.
You will not be disappointed. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Feb 17, Elizabeth Stuffed Shelves rated it really liked it. Peter Saints parents were killed and now he's living in an orphanage under the care of Paster Finn who is trying to teach Peter about religion, and being a better person. Only, he isn't succeeding very well. Peter is constantly beating up bully's who are picking on the weak.
Initially, I thought there was no hope for Peter, and he might have too much evil inside him, but later on in the book, I learn there is so much more beneath his tough exterior. Peter meets Hannah who dies quickly after they Peter Saints parents were killed and now he's living in an orphanage under the care of Paster Finn who is trying to teach Peter about religion, and being a better person.
Peter meets Hannah who dies quickly after they meet, and she gives him a gift that will come in great use in the near future. Paster Finn advises Peter to run from the people who killed his parents, and do everything he can to not get caught. While on the run, he meets another run away named Angel. While on the run, they come close to getting caught in Georgia, but are fortunately saved by Kyle. Soon, they have formed a small group of runaways until they find a safehouse. All throughout this book, I was a bit confused as to who they were running from, someone who is so evil, and I didn't get my answer until the near end, which was frustrating.
I almost felt lied to by the author, lying by omission of the evil characters. Preston does a great job at using exceptional descriptive words that really put the pictures in your head almost like a movie. I found some parts to be a little bit to drawn out with descriptions, but overall it balanced itself out pretty well.
Overall I give this book 4. I only leave. View 2 comments. Nov 27, Heather Alexander rated it really liked it. Peter was orphaned when his family was murdered. He lives in an orphanage run by an ex-cop named Pastor Finn. Peter sneaks out whenever possible even though he has been strictly forbidden from leaving the grounds. On one such excursion, Peter is running from a homeless girl that he gave money to once.
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When she is hit by a car and transfers something to him, his adventure begins. Pastor Finn quickly gets him out of the orphanage and tells him to find a sanctuary where he will be protected and hid Peter was orphaned when his family was murdered. Pastor Finn quickly gets him out of the orphanage and tells him to find a sanctuary where he will be protected and hidden, trust no one, there are people after him.
Peter doesn't understand what is going on, but he does what the Pastor says anyways. On his journey he picks up a stray kid named Angel against his better judgement. Somehow he feels like he is supposed to protect him. They get to a sanctuary and get some info, discover some secrets, and find out they need to leave and find another. There is a society of good and one of bad. The bad is run by a man named Gavin who works for The Master.
They are slowly killing off the other group and using their children's blood for evil purposes. What the Master really wants is Peter's blood, Peter is special, his blood is the key to everything.
Along his journey, Peter will discover things about himself and Angel that will shock him to the core. He will have to make a decision, does the good of one outweigh the good of many? What lengths will he go to to protect the ones he loves? This book is a definite must read.
Crazy twists and turns and nonstop action. Sep 22, T. Smith rated it liked it. Peter Saints is not your average teenage boy. First his parents are murdered, then a young girl dies in his arms, all the while he is plagued by premonitions in the form of nightmares.
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What I enjoyed most about this book was the history that was portrayed throughout. Who is Peter? Why is he so important? This book is very much a story about the battle between good and evil; ho Peter Saints is not your average teenage boy. This book is very much a story about the battle between good and evil; how far would you go to discover the truth about your past Extremely slow in some parts and yet, I found myself still reading, wanting to know what would come of our young Peter.
The setup of the story that unfolds between Peter and Angel was a bit odd for me as well. That being said, and to spite the slowness in places along the way, I anxiously await the next installment in this series. Why is that you ask.. Oct 01, Autumn rated it it was amazing. I received this ARC copy from the author to give an honest review. I was actually pretty amazed at how quickly I got into the story. Peter is an orphan who has a tendency to get into trouble, not bad trouble just that he gets in trouble when he takes up for others.
Easy way I can put that. You will see action and butt kicking from these young cats! You will learn about 2 secret orders one being the good guys heaven and the bad guys hell. Peter finds himself on the run after he is marked by a I received this ARC copy from the author to give an honest review. Peter finds himself on the run after he is marked by a girl he meets on the streets one night, and his whole world changes. He meets others that are in a way like him.
Their parents were murdered, people are looking to hunt and drain them too as the evil guys want their blood. Their blood holds power and secrets that the good guys are trying to protect. Peter does not trust easy so he is very weary about the others that he has met. Will they be with him or against him?
There is a war that is coming and when you read the last page in this book you will want to read more. How will this war end? Will Evil trumpet and get their wish or will Good conquer? There are twist and turns through out the book! I recommend this for YA on up! One of the parts in the book I enjoyed was at the end when Peter grabbed the demon out of Gavin.
I thought that was pretty wicked. Here I would like to give you the testimony of Hermann Cohen, a Jewish artist who converted to Catholicism in and greatly venerated the Eucharist. He left the world and entered a very austere religious order; he frequently adored the Blessed Sacrament for which he had a great veneration. During his adoration, he would beg the Lord to convert his mother, whom he loved so much.
Well his mother died without having been converted. But what have I refused you? My youth, my hopes in the world, my well-being, the joys of a family, a rest — maybe well deserved — all sacrificed as soon as you called me. And you , Lord, Eternal Goodness, who promised to give back a hundredfold, you have refused me the soul of my mother.
My God, I succumb to this martyrdom, I will stop my complaints. Your mother is saved. Know that prayer is all-powerful in my presence. I gathered all those you had addressed to me for your mother, and my Providence took account of her in her last hour.
Have courage, your mother has avoided damnation and fervent supplication will soon deliver her soul from the bonds of Purgatory. And we know that Father Hermann Cohen, soon afterwards, learned through a second apparition that his mother had risen to Heaven. I recommend strongly as well the prayers of St. Bridget which are most recommended for the poor souls. Let me add something important: the souls in Purgatory can no longer do anything for themselves; they are totally helpless.
If the living do not pray for them, they are totally abandoned. Therefore, it is very important to realize the immense power, the incredible power that each one of us has in his hands to relieve these souls who suffer. Of course, we would do everything for him! So, in the same way, we should take great care of these souls, who expect everything from us, attentive to the slightest offering, hopeful for the least of our prayers, to relieve them from their pain.
And it might be the finest way to practice charity. I think, for example, of the kindness of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel, towards the man left half-dead on the roadside bleeding from his wounds. This man depended completely on the good heart of the passer-by. Maria Simma: Because at the moment of death, the time to earn merits is over. For as long as we are living on earth, we can repair the evil we have done.
The souls in Purgatory envy us this opportunity. Even the angels are jealous of us, for we have the possibility of growing for as long as we are on earth. But often, the suffering in our lives leads us to rebellion and we have great difficulty in accepting and living it. How can we live suffering so that it bears fruit? Sufferings are the greatest proof of the love of God, and if we offer them well they can win many souls.
But how can we welcome suffering as a gift and not as a punishment as we often do , as a chastisement? We must give everything to Our Lady. She is the one who knows best who needs such and such an offering in order to be saved. On the subject of suffering, I would like to relate an extraordinary testimony that Maria told us of.
Later, other avalanches had struck, but they had been stopped, in a completely miraculous way, before reaching the village, so that there was no damage. The souls explained that in this village had died a woman who had been ill and was not properly treated; she had suffered terribly for thirty years. And she had offered all her suffering for the sake of her village. The souls explained to Maria that it was thanks to the offering of this woman that the village had been spared the avalanches.
She had borne her sufferings with patience. Maria tells us that if she had enjoyed good health, the village could not of been saved. She adds that sufferings borne with patience can save more souls than prayer but prayer helps us to bear our sufferings. Maria Simma: We should not always consider suffering as a punishment. I can be accepted as expiation not only for ourselves but above all for others. Christ was innocence itself and He suffered the most for the expiation of our sins. Only in Heaven will we know all that we have obtained by suffering with patience in union with the sufferings of Christ.
Maria Simma: No! They want to purify themselves; they understand that it is necessary. Maria Simma: Contrition is very important. The sins are forgiven, in any case, but there remain the consequences of sins. If one wishes to receive a full indulgence at the moment of death — that means going straight to Heaven — the soul has to be free from all attachment.
Here, I would like to share a very significant testimony given by Maria. She was asked to find out about a woman that her relations believed to be lost, because she had led an awful life. Well, she had an accident, she fell from a train and this accident killed her. This example is highly significant, for it shows that a single moment of humility, of repentance at the moment of death, can save us.
Maria, I would like to ask you: at the moment of death, is there a time in which the soul still has the chance to turn towards God, even after a sinful life, before entering into eternity — a time, if you like, between apparent death and real death? Maria Simma: Yes, yes, the Lord gives several minutes to each one, in order to regret his sins and to decide: I accept or I do not accept to go see God.
There, we see a film of our lives. One day, he fell gravely ill, and slid into a coma. He saw himself in a room with a board on which all his deeds were written, the good and the bad. Then the board disappeared as well as the walls of the room, and it was infinitely beautiful. Then he woke up from his coma and decided to change his life. Maria, at the moment of death, does God reveal himself with the same intensity to all souls?
Maria Simma: Each one is given knowledge of his life and also the suffering to come; but it is not the same for everyone. Maria Simma: Yes, but man also has the grace to resist him, to push him away. So, if man does not want anything to do with him, the devil can do nothing. When someone knows he is going to die soon, what is for him the best way to get prepared? Maria Simma: To abandon himself totally to the Lord. Offer all his sufferings. Be completely happy in God. And what attitude should one have before someone who is going to die? What is the best that one can do for him?
Maria Simma: Be very humble. We must not be occupied with ourselves. I knew a priest and a young woman who were both ill with tuberculosis in the hospital. Nearby was a religious Sister who had overheard the whole conversation. Thank you, Maria, for this lovely testimony. At this point, Maria asked for a five-minute break, as she had to go and feed her chickens… But the minute she returned, we continued with our questions. Maria Simma: Yes, there is a great difference of degree of moral suffering.
Each soul has a unique suffering, particular to it; there are many degrees. Maria, are the suffering in Purgatory more painful than the most painful sufferings on earth? Maria Simma: No soul has ever told me so. It is the Mother of God who comes. Once I asked a poor soul if she could go to look for a soul I had been asked to find out about. On the other hand, the angels are there: Saint Michael…and each soul has its guardian angel with it.
Maria Simma: They relieve suffering and provide comfort. The souls can even see them. Another question: You know, many people today believe in reincarnation. What do the soul tell you concerning this subject? What would you reply to them? Maria Simma: All people have an interior faith conscience ; even if they do not practice, they recognize God implicitly. Each soul has a conscience to recognize good and evil, a conscience given by God, an inner knowledge — in different degrees, of course, but each one know how to discern good from evil.
With this conscience, each soul can become blessed. What happens to people who have committed suicide? Have you ever been visited by these people? At this moment, I asked Maria if the souls regretted having committed suicide. She answered yes. Often, suicide is due to illness. Maria Simma: These souls do regret their act because, as they see things in the light of God, they understand instantly all the graces that were in store for them during the time remaining for them to live — and they do see this time which remained for them, sometimes months or years — and they also see all the souls they could have helped by offering the rest of their lives to God.
But when the cause is illness, the Lord takes this into account, of course. Maria Simma: Yes, they are not lost. It all depends on the cause of their drug-taking; but they must suffer in Purgatory. Yes, this is very frequent. But no one says this any more nowadays. We can also say that in doing this, the soul gains a great beatitude, a great happiness for Heaven. In Heaven, there are thousands of different types of happiness, but each one is a complete happiness; all desire are fulfilled. Each one know he has deserved no more.
Maria Simma: Yes, they are happy. Anyone who lives his faith well is happy. But it is through the Catholic faith that we gain the most for Heaven. Maria Simma: No, but there are so many religions on earth! The closest are the Orthodox and Protestants; there are many Protestants who say the rosary; but the sects are very, very evil. Everything must be done to bring people out of them. Are there priests in Purgatory? I see Maria raising her eyes to Heaven as if to say: Alas! Maria Simma: Yes, there are many. So faith overall suffers. They are often in Purgatory for having neglected prayer — which has diminished their faith.
But there are also many who have gone straight to Heaven! What would you say, then, to a priest who really wants to live according to the Heart of God? Maria Simma: I would advise him to pray much to the Holy Spirit — and say his rosary every day. Maria Simma: Yes, but Purgatory for them is not very long or painful, since they lack much discernment. I believe certain children have come to visit you; you were telling me the story of this little child, the youngest one you say, a little girl of four. But tell me: why was she in Purgatory? Maria Simma: Because she had received from her parents, as a Christmas present, a doll.
She had a twin sister who had also received a doll. Because of this, the poor girl had to do Purgatory. In fact, children often have a more tender conscience than that of adults. It is necessary above all with them to combat lying. They are very sensitive to untruth. Maria Simma: Firstly through good example — this is the most important. Then through prayer. Parents must bless their children and instruct them well in the things of God. Very Important! Have you been visited by souls who, on earth, practiced perversions? I am thinking, for example, about the sexual domain.
Maria Simma: Yes, they are not lost, but they have much to suffer to be purified. For example, homosexuality, this truly comes from the Evil One. What advice would you give, then, to all those people afflicted by homosexuality, with this tendency in them? Maria Simma: Pray a lot for the strength to turn away from it. They should above all pray to the Archangel Michael; he is the great fighter par excellence against the Evil One. What are the attitudes of the heart which can lead us to losing our soul for good, I mean going to Hell?
Here I would like to mention that on this subject I questioned Vicka, one of the visionaries in Medjugorje, who also told me that those who go to Hell — and she has seen Hell — are solely those who decide to go there. The sin against the Holy Spirit that Jesus speaks of, which cannot be forgiven, is the absolute refusal of mercy, and this in full awareness, full conscience. Pope John Paul II explains this very well in his encyclical on mercy. Here too, we can do so much with prayer for souls in danger of being lost.
It is pride which leads to Hell. Our prayers can elicit an act of humility in the dying, a single instant of humility, however small, which can help them to avoid Hell. But Maria, it is incredible, all the same! Maria Simma: For example, a man once told me that he did not want to go to Heaven.
Because God accepts injustice. God grants man free will; he wishes each one to have his free choice. God gives to everyone during his earthly life, and at the hour of his death, sufficient grace for conversion, even after a life spent in darkness. If one asks for forgiveness, sincerely, of course one can be saved. Jesus said that it was difficult for a rich person to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Have you seen such cases? Maria Simma: Yes! But if they do good works, works of charity, if they practice love, they can get there, just like the poor. What do you think of the practices of spiritism, for example, calling up the spirits of the departed, Ouija-boards, ect.? Maria Simma: It is not good. It is always evil. It is the devil who makes the table move. It is so important to say this again and again! People really need to hear this because, nowadays, more than ever, these absurd practices are increasing dangerously!
What is the difference between what you are living with the souls of the departed, and the practices of spiritism? In spiritism people try to call them forth. This distinction is quite clear, and we must take it very seriously. If people were only to believe one thing I have said, I would like it to be this: those who engage in spiritism moving tables, and other practices of that kind think that they are summoning up the souls of the dead.
In reality, if there is some response to their call, it is always and without exception Satan and his angels who are answering. People who practice spiritism diviners, witches, etc. They are up to their necks in lies. It is forbidden, strictly forbidden, to call up the dead. As for me, I have never done so, I do not do so, and I never will do so.
When something appears to me, God alone permits it. Of course, Satan can imitate everything that comes from God, and he does. He can imitate the voice and the appearance of the dead, but every manifestation of any kind always comes from the Evil One. Do not forget that Satan can even heal, but such healings never last. Have you personally ever been tricked by false apparitions?
For example, by the devil disquising himself as a soul in Purgatory to speak to you? In fact, the soul who came after him was a soul who had real need of my help; it was very important for me to listen to this soul! Maria, you are now very well known, especially in Germany and Austria, but also throughout Europe, thanks to your talks and your book.
At the beginning, however you were very hidden. How did it happen that, overnight, people recognized that your supernatural experience was authentic? Maria Simma: It was when the souls asked me to tell their families to give back goods which had been acquired dishonestly. They saw that what I said was true. At this point, Maria related several testimonies, too long to quote here. I will be delivered from Purgatory when these goods are given back. Through this, Maria began to be very well known. Maria, is there official recognition by the Church of this particular charism that you practice with regard to the souls in Purgatory, and also with regard to those who are touched by your apostolate?
My parish priest, who is also my spiritual guide, confirms these things too. But all the same, I hope that the souls will help me rise to Heaven! And Maria, do you enjoy this charism? Or is it something burdensome and difficult for you, all these requests from souls? I can help many souls and I am very happy to do this. Maria, I would like to thank you also in the name of all readers for this beautiful testimony. But please permit me one last question: so that we might know you better, would you be so good as to tell us a few words about your life?
I did not wish to get married. Mother had told me a good deal about the souls in Purgatory and, already at school, these souls helped me a lot. So I said to myself that I had to do everything for them. After school, I thought about entering a convent; I entered the Sisters of the Heart of Jesus, but they told me that my health was too poor to stay with them. As a child, I had had pneumonia and pleurisy. The Superior had confirmed my religious vocation but advised me to enter an easier order; to wait for some years.
I wanted above all a cloistered order; and right away! But after two more attempts, the conclusion was the same: my health was too poor. I suffered mentally a great deal. I said to myself that the Lord had not shown me what he wanted of me. At home, there were eight of us children. I worked on our farm, starting at the age of fifteen; then I went to Germany as a servant for a peasant family.
Afterwards, I worked here at the farm in Sonntag. From the age of twenty-five, when the souls began to come, I had much to suffer for them — Now I am much better physically. So, there you are. It was indeed a real pleasure for me to meet Maria Simma, a woman whose life is one of complete devotion. Each second, each hour of her life has a weight of eternity, not only for herself but for so many souls, known or unknown, that she, in many different ways and with so much love, has helped deliver from Purgatory and enjoy the eternal happiness of Heaven.
Source: holysoulscrusade. The soul is stranded in purgatory until it atones for its sins, but can hasten its ascent to heaven through the prayers of loved ones still on earth. The scorched handprints and other burn-marks collected in this museum are believed to be the product of souls begging their earth-bound loved ones to pray harder.
Though not mentioned in the Bible, the idea of purgatory is a very old part of the Catholic faith, dating back to at least the 11th century. The notion that trapped souls might need to be freed comes from a story allegedly told to the Abbott Odilo of Cluny by a monk returning from the Holy Land.
He told the Abbott how his ship had been wrecked, and he had been cast ashore on a mysterious island. A hermit who lived on the island related his own story of a mysterious chasm, from which burst forth demonic flames and the agonized screams of trapped souls. He pointed out that the demons were always complaining about losing souls when the living prayed or gave alms to the poor on their behalf. The freeing of these trapped souls became a priority for the Church, and for family members grieving dead loved ones.
According to Catholic doctrine, one cannot go to hell from purgatory. Victor Jouet, the collector and French missionary, was supposedly inspired to build this purgatorial museum after a fire destroyed a portion of the original Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio, leaving behind the scorched image of a face that he believed to be a trapped soul. Jesus Maria September This Blessing will recharge your October 1, Travel with me now through the cities of light and great beauty that await those Message of God the Father: "My son, Listen and write.
I recommend translation that this message be communicated to everyone and everywhere that you have preached in United States and in Canada. It was a teaching for you and for the people who have heard you. It was also a sign to recall the night when my Beloved Son Jesus was born into the world. Remember how my Evangelist Matthew wrote by the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit how the star stopped over the place where My Baby Son Jesus was born.
It was a sign for the Wise men. Today, it is a sign for you and for all Christians and for all the nations. The Holy Family is a sign for every family, and we should model ourselves after them. I recommend translation that every family, who receives this message, should have a representation of the Holy Family in their home. It can be an Icon or a statue of the Holy Family, or a permanent Manger in a center place in the home.
The representation must be blessed and consecrated by a priest. As the star, followed by the Wise men, stopped over the Manger, the chastisement from the sky will not hit the Christians families devoted and protected by the Holy Family. The fire from the sky is a chastisement for the horrible crime of abortion and the culture of death, the sexual perversion, and the cupidity lust regarding the identity of man and woman.
My children seek their perverted sins more than Eternal life. The increasing blasphemies and persecution of my just people offend Me. The Arm of my Justice will come now. They do not hear my Divine Mercy. I must now let many plagues happen in order to save the most people that I can from the slavery of Satan. Send this message to everyone. I have given Saint Joseph, My representative on earth, as a protector of the Holy Family, the authority to protect the Church which is the body of Christ.
He will be the protector during the trials of this time. My Words are my blessing over all of you.
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Whoever will act according to my Will, will be safe. The powerful love of the Holy Family will be manifested to all. Michel Rodrigue message. Just pray if you are in doubt or you do not understand what happened to Pope Benedict and the role of Pope Francis he is pope even if you may not see him as such and the confusion in the Catholic Church and in the world. The enemies of the Church: the children of darkness are smarter than the children of Light, they want to destroy what Jesus created.
Do not help them by criticizing the actual Pope and the Consecrated ones, be careful about what you read in the news or on Internet. Pray, Pray, Pray, with sincere heart for discernment to understand the hidden side of the unfolding events in these end times. Ask God and the Blessed Mother to help you know the truth and to be at peace. Pay attention to the words of the Consecration, during Mass. The one it can be a Pope, a Cardinal, a Bishop, a Priest , who changes those words has embraced heresy and Jesus is not present on the altar.
Leave that church and look for a traditional Priest. Do not let satan and his demons fool you. The next pope will serve the antichrist. My little ones, many blasphemies are being committed with the Holy Eucharist. My Son is reviled in His Divinity through the impure and unworthy hands of My lay children. As mother of the son of God and Mother of humanity, I ask My beloved children, to put an end to this abomination!
No more of extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, no more of Communions in the hand! The Body and Blood of my Son, are outraged by many lay people who give themselves tasks that belong only to priests and other consecrated Ministers such as: the Pope, the Cardinals and Bishops. No hand that has not been consecrated through the ministerial Priesthood, can touch My Son Little children, it is impressive the amount of Eucharistic violations that are committed by those defined in this way: Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist.