"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Purgatory Explained...

Purgatory Explained...
From the book "Purgatory Explained"
Part II, Chapter III
Consolation of the Souls -- St. Stanislaus of Cracow and the Resuscitated
Peter Miles

This contentment in the midst of the most intense suffering cannot be
explained otherwise than by the Divine consolations which the Holy Ghost
infuses into the souls in Purgatory. This Divine Spirit, by means of faith,
hope, and charity, puts them in the disposition of a sick person who has to
submit to very painful treatment, but the effect of which is to restore him
to perfect health. This sick person suffers, but he loves his salutary
suffering. The Holy Ghost, the Comforter, gives a similar contentment to
the holy souls. Of this we have a striking example in Peter Miles raised
from the dead by St. Stanislaus of Cracow, who preferred to return to
Purgatory rather than to live again upon earth.

The celebrated miracle of this resurrection happened in 1070. It is thus
related in the Acta Sanctorum on May 7. St. Stanislaus was Bishop of Cracow
when the Duke Boleslas II governed Poland. He did not neglect to remind
this prince of his duties, who scandalously violated them before all his

Boleslas was irritated by the holy liberty of the Prelate, and to revenge
himself he excited against him the heirs of a certain Peter Miles, who had
died three years previously after having sold a piece of ground to the
church of Cracow. The heirs accused the saint of having usurped the ground,
without having paid the owner. Stanislaus declared that he had paid for the
land, but as the witnesses who should have defended him had been either
bribed or intimidated, he was denounced as a usurper of the property of
another, and condemned to make restitution. Then, seeing that he had
nothing to expect from human justice, he raised his heart to God, and
received a sudden inspiration. He asked for a delay of three days,
promising to make Peter Miles appear in person, that he might testify to
the legal purchase and payment of the lot.

They were granted to him in scorn. The saint fasted, watched, and prayed
God to take up the defense of his cause. The third day, after having
celebrated Holy Mass, he went out accompanied by his clergy and many of the
faithful, to the place where Peter had been interred. By his orders the
grave was opened; it contained nothing but bones. He touched them with his
crosier, and in the name of Him who is the Resurrection and the Life, he
commanded the dead man to arise.

Suddenly the bones became reunited, were covered with flesh, and, in the
sight of the stupefied people, the dead man was seen to take the Bishop by
the hand and walk towards the tribunal. Boleslas, with his court and an
immense crowd of people, were awaiting the result with the most lively
expectation. "Behold Peter," said the saint to Boleslas; "he comes, prince,
to give testimony before you. Interrogate him; he will answer you."

It is impossible to depict the stupefaction of the Duke, of his councilors,
and of the whole concourse of people. Peter affirmed that he had been paid
for the ground; then turning towards his heirs, he reproached them for
having accused the pious prelate against all rights of justice; then he
exhorted them to do penance for so grievous a sin.

It was thus that iniquity, which believed itself already sure of success,
was confounded. Now comes the circumstance which concerns our subject, and
to which we wished to refer. Wishing to complete this great miracle for the
glory of God, Stanislaus proposed to the deceased that, if he desired to
live a few years longer, he would obtain for him this favor from God. Peter
replied that he had no such desire. He was in Purgatory, but he would
rather return thither immediately and endure its pains, than expose himself
to damnation in this terrestrial life. He then entreated the saint only to
beg of God to shorten the time of his sufferings, that he might the sooner
enter the abode of the blessed. After that, accompanied by the Bishop and a
vast multitude, Peter returned to his grave, laid himself down, his body
fell to pieces, and his bones resumed the same state in which they had
first been found. We have reason to believe that the saint soon obtained
the deliverance of his soul.

That which is the most remarkable in his example, and which should most
attract out attention, is that a soul from Purgatory, after having
experienced the most excruciating torments, prefers that state of suffering
to the life of this world; and the reason which he gives for this
preference is, that in this mortal life we are exposed to the danger of
being lost and incurring eternal damnation.

"Purgatory Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints" by Fr.
Shouppe, S.J. 


  1. Another dogma the vII cult recoils from,but makes perfect sense when it clearly states in The Apocalypse that nothing defiled shall enter Heaven.


  3. I read alot that it is "better" to suffer here than Purgatory, contrary to what those, visiting from Purgatory have stated. This is a great testament & we live in a much graver time & place than when "Peter" had. I couldn't possibly imagine what he'd have to say now- in current time, if he could return.

    I pray that people will listen up & finally believe.