Since arriving in Medjugorje the Holy Spirit has asked me to pray for priests, bishops and religious in purgatory. One day I asked Jesus if any were in hell and here is what he said!
Firstly He showed me the terrible pain that priests and religious suffer in purgatory. It seemed well beyond the normal agony of purgatory. Now you might be wondering why does God ‘punish’ them so much but instead I want you to think of an immaculately white wedding dress that got a bottle of red wine spilt over it!
Because of it’s whiteness and the quality of the material it will need to be washed and washed and washed until it’s restored.
Similarly with priests, bishops and religious! God loves them so much that he gave them the gift of becoming priests, of serving him… But many got lost in the quest after power and have misused their priesthood and positions. The result is that their souls are black…. Dead.
But God’s mercy for His chosen ones is enormous and so many find their way to purgatory where they cry for their sins. Many times Jesus gives me inner visions of them and while their pain is desperate, so is their love and their desire to get to heaven and intercede for the purification of the Church!
The main reasons Jesus has shown me for their suffering in purgatory are…
1. Silence in their preaching and teaching where they did not teach lay people the ways of God.
2. Misusing the sacraments, giving absolution to people ‘willy nilly’ without checking for true contrition and celebrating Holy Mass without love and devotion.
3. Terrible sins against charity when it comes to the poor. Not loving and helping the people in most need of help such as the mentally unwell, gays, thieves….
4. Sins of omission against prayer. Neglecting their own prayer lives, the divine office, adoration, rosary, intercession.
The list could go on but they are the main ones. But going back to whether any go to hell Jesus told me that yes, many do not accept God’s mercy and choose hell!
Yesterday as I was in adoration a man of prayer passed me a leaflet with some of the visions of Saint Gemma Galgani and the Lord gave her a graphic account of what happens to the priests who go to hell. It was quite frightening really and yet it made sense, those that rebel against God the most will suffer the most!
So today let us pray for our priests that they will become men of prayer. Men of preaching, teaching and healing and that they may not only avoid hell, but that they may avoid purgatory and that they may enjoy the privileged positions in heaven that Jesus has in mind for them since the day they were conceived!
Our Lady, help our priests!