Priest Sees Bishops And Priests In Heaven And Hell After A Near Death Experience

One Priest’s Sobering Account Of The Afterlife!

Fr. Jose Maniyangat

For your discernment – A priest who saw heaven, hell, and purgatory on 4/14/85.  The following is not a story coming out of the rumor mill. The priest whose testimony is given below is the pastor of a Catholic Church in Florida.

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Background On Father Maniyangat

A priest who saw heaven, hell, and purgatory The death experience of Father Jose Maniyangat Francais-Espanol Fr. Jose Maniyangat is currently the pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Orange Park, Florida. Here is his personal testimony:

I was born on July 16, 1949 in Kerala, India to my parents, Joseph and Theresa Maniyangat. I am the eldest of seven children: Jose, Mary, Theresa, Lissama, Zachariah, Valsa and Tom.. At the age of fourteen, I entered St. Mary’s Minor Seminary in Thiruvalla to begin my studies for the priesthood. Four years later, I went to St. Joseph’s Pontifical Major Seminary in Alwaye, Kerala to continue my priestly formation. After completing the seven years of philosophy and theology, I was ordained a priest on January 1, 1975 to serve as a missionary in the Diocese of Thiruvalla. On Sunday April 14, 1985, the Feast of the Divine Mercy, I was going to celebrate Mass at a mission church in the north part of Kerala, and I had a fatal accident. I was riding a motorcycle when I was hit head-on by a jeep driven by a man who was intoxicated after a Hindu festival. I was rushed to a hospital about 35 miles away. On the way, my soul came out from my body and I experienced death. Immediately, I met my Guardian Angel. I saw my body and the people who were carrying me to the hospital. I heard them crying and praying for me. At this time my angel told me: “I am going to take you to Heaven, the Lord wants to meet you and talk with you.” He also said that, on the way, he wanted to show me hell and purgatory.

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A Visit To Hell

First the angel escorted me to hell. It was an awful sight! I saw Satan and the devils, an unquenchable fire of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, worms crawling, people screaming and fighting, others being tortured by demons. The angel told me that all these sufferings were due to unrepented mortal sins. Then, I understood that there are seven degrees of suffering or levels according to the number and kinds of mortal sins committed in their earthly lives. The souls looked very ugly, cruel and horrific. It was a fearful experience. I saw people whom I knew, but I am not allowed to reveal their identities. The sins that convicted them were mainly abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, hatefulness, unforgiveness and sacrilege. The angel told me that if they had repented, they would have avoided hell and gone instead to purgatory. I also understood that some people who repent from these sins might be purified on earth through their sufferings. This way they can avoid purgatory and go straight to heaven. I was surprised when I saw in hell even priests and Bishops, some of whom I never expected to see. Many of them were there because they had misled the people with false teaching and bad example.

Next Stop Purgatory

After the visit to hell, my Guardian Angel escorted me to purgatory. Here too, there are seven degrees of suffering and unquenchable fire. But it is far less intense than hell and there was neither quarreling nor fighting. The main suffering of these souls is their separation from God. Some of those who are in purgatory committed numerous mortal sins, but they were reconciled with God before their death. Even though these souls are suffering, they enjoy peace and the knowledge that one day they will see God face to face. I had a chance to communicate with the souls in purgatory. They asked me to pray for them and to tell the people to pray for them as well, so they can go to heaven quickly. When we pray for these souls, we will receive their gratitude through their prayers, and once they enter heaven, their prayers become even more meritorious. It is difficult for me to describe how beautiful my Guardian Angel is. He is radiant and bright. He is my constant companion and helps me in all my ministries, especially my healing ministry. I experience his presence everywhere I go and I am grateful for his protection in my daily life.

Finally Heaven

Heaven Next, my angel escorted me to heaven passing through a big dazzling white tunnel. I never experienced this much peace and joy in my life. Then immediately heaven opened up and I heard the most delightful music, which I never heard before. The angels were singing and praising God. I saw all the saints, especially the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, and many dedicated holy Bishops and priests who were shining like stars. And when I appeared before the Lord, Jesus told me: “I want you to go back to the world. In your second life, you will be an instrument of peace and healing to My people. You will walk in a foreign land and you will speak in a foreign tongue. Everything is possible for you with My grace..” After these words, the Blessed Mother told me: “Do whatever He tells you. I will help you in your ministries.” Words can not express the beauty of heaven.. There we find so much peace and happiness, which exceed a million times our imagination. Our Lord is far more beautiful than any image can convey. His face is radiant and luminous and more beautiful than a thousand rising suns. The pictures we see in the world are only a shadow of His magnificence.. The Blessed Mother was next to Jesus; She was so beautiful and radiant. None of the images we see in this world can compare with Her real beauty. Heaven is our real home; we are all created to reach heaven and enjoy God forever. Then, I came back to the world with my angel.

Father’s Soul Returns To His Body

While my body was at the hospital, the doctor completed all examinations and I was pronounced dead. The cause of death was bleeding. My family was notified, and since they were far away, the hospital staff decided to move my dead body to the morgue. Because the hospital did not have air conditioners, they were concerned that the body would decompose quickly. As they were moving my dead body to the morgue, my soul came back to the body. I felt an excruciating pain because of so many wounds and broken bones. I began to scream, and then the people became frightened and ran away screaming. One of them approached the doctor and said: “The dead body is screaming.” The doctor came to examine the body and found that I was alive. So he said: “Father is alive, it is a miracle! Take him back to the hospital.” Now, back at the hospital, they gave me blood transfusions and I was taken to surgery to repair the broken bones. They worked on my lower jaw, ribs, pelvic bone, wrists, and right leg. After two months, I was released from the hospital, but my orthopedic doctor said that I would never walk again. I then said to him: “The Lord who gave me my life back and sent me back to the world will heal me.” Once at home, we were all praying for a miracle. Still after a month, and with the casts removed, I was not able to move. But one day while praying I felt an extraordinary pain in my pelvic area. After a short while the pain disappeared completely and I heard a voice saying: “You are healed. Get up and walk.” I felt the peace and healing power on my body. I immediately got up and walked. I praised and thanked God for the miracle. I reached my doctor with the news of my healing, and he was amazed. He said: “Your God is the true God. I must follow your God.” The doctor was Hindu, and he asked me to teach him about our Church. After studying the Faith, I baptized him and he became Catholic. Following the message from my Guardian Angel, I came to the United States on November 10, 1986 as a missionary priest.  I am currently the parish priest at St. Catherine Of Sienna Parish in Orange Park, FL.

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99 comments to Priest Sees Bishops And Priests In Heaven And Hell After A Near Death Experience

  • jtm0027

    I feel like anyone can say these things. anyone can write a book and call it “the bible”. I feel religion is a belief…kind of like a fantasy. im not saying I don’t believe, im saying I don’t know what to believe

    • Linda

      it is time for you to have faith and also look at your life and how it has occurred…..IF you see that things happened and you called them coincidences….remember that there really are NO coincidences….those are called miracles given to you by God….He guides you in all you do…..
      each day is made of of tiny miracles….and when you DO have faith in them, you will be amazed at how your life turns out….
      Start by reading about the Saints of ancient and recent times….their lives and how they led them will astound you!
      Have a blessed day!

  • Pontiano Nemeye

    Somebody help me to understand this. People who have been shown heaven mainly those that have had near death experience (NDE) report encounters with a physical world beyond our own world but viewed with spiritual eyes I suppose. They talk of gardens, rivers, cities and yet this is a spiritual world. Do spirit entities enjoy physical material things. They even talk of people dressed in robes like angels. Do spirit realities really have bodies to dress? Second how do you inflict pain on a spirit (Purgatory and Hell). Am I being naive here or there is a information gap -I have no clue to imagine the manifestations of the spirit life expressed in similar things on this material world. Physical fire for example can it burn a spirit in hell and feel pain or these are imageries?

    • ECCELA

      I can only say this. The body is the holder of the soul and precious to God due to housing the soul which is where the verse “you are made in my image and likeness”. As each of us has our own personality we also are all connected to God who wants us to chose Him to be with for eternity. We are all spirit and flesh or carnal. These bodies experience things of the flesh but we control our reactions and desires with the choices which we form in our souls. Love is of the spirit and the place where we are one with God. When we turn from love we chose the flesh then we are disconnected from God until we chose to want to be back with Him or One with Him. This is why we are never contented when we let ourselves be ruled by the flesh and not the spirit. God created all the wonderful things our flesh enjoys and we enjoy them in the way He created them to be enjoyed. Our bodies or flesh suffer these pains as the body enjoyed them or participated in them. The soul also experiences the greatest of pains and joys as we know in our heart aches and joys. God loves our bodies and will reunite them with the soul when he ends this world. We will go to heaven or hell as we chose, not as God chooses. He gives us many opportunities to live and love well when we repent and want to be with Him.

  • Pontiano Nemeye

    There is sufficient grounds in the Bible to affirm the existence of purgatory. I am surprised that when such passages are quoted as in the above conversations no body reacts to them or interprets them to the contrary. They instead prefer to advance their own understanding to suit their beliefs. Logic is logic we must be flexible to accommodate other opinions even if they do not play into our ballgames. I see a lot of sense in believing existence of purgatory as a place for cleansing before entering the heavens. In fact gaining purgatory status is a good thing (honorable) as there is hope for seeing God and live in eternity with HIM. These souls need our prayers though to get them acquitted quickly. Reading the book of Fr. Casimir Ruzindana entitled ‘The fascinating story of Kibeho-Mary’s prohetic tears in Rwanda’ provides one with amazing revelations of life beyond our own world. Two visionary girls Alphonsine and Nathalie had the privilege of a guided tour to the heavens by the Virgin Mother of God (Nyina wa Jambo)each on a separate occasion. Nathalie enjoyed three tours to the heavenly world over a period of two years and Alphonsine only one. It was a wonderful experience beyond what can be humanly described. Existence of souls in different areas of comfort was witnessed by both girls. The options for life beyond this world based on testimonies of the two visionary girls is not binary (HEAVEN and HELL). There are many regions and one girl was shown up to four. One end of extremity is inhabited by souls in real happiness and the other end is occupied by souls with untold suffering (place of punishment). In between the two ends are places of medium suffering and a little comfort. These girls had appointments fixed by Mother Mary and she would come exactly at the appointed time and date. The bodies remained on earth but almost lifeless but doctors confirmed breathing. Theology experts and medical exerts followed the visionary girls to eliminate foul play. The messages obtained from Virgin Mary conformed to the teachings of the Church and medically the girls’ bodies could not respond to physical pain either in ecstasy during apparitions or during their travels into another world where they could spend 3-5 hours. Mary appeared to these visionaries (total =3) many times at appointed times during the day in presence of many people but only them could see and hear Mother Mary´s messages. Mother Mary in her messages stressed repentance and conversion of heart and that that the world was in danger if we remain defiant. At one time she appeared sorrowful and was in tears, and that it pained her because people do not listen to her Motherly advice. It did not take long before Rwanda was plunged in the genocide of 1994 when 1 million people were brutally killed. Similar sufferings continue worldwide to date.

  • Sheril

    I’ve read many testimonies of heaven and hell but didn’t find anyone speaking about the place ‘purgatory’. This is the wrong belief of Catholics even this catholic religion is false anti Christ religion. I warn you to stop following this false religion which is deceiving many.
    All Catholics will end up in hell if they do not repent and start following True Lord Jesus Christ, only He can save you, not Mary nor any saints.
    And for this testimony, I’m 100% sure this is a false testimony for receiving all.

    • Ene Maria

      You have no right whatsoever to pronounce judgement on Catholics. The problem with your case is that you have shut your mind to reason and to the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. Open your mind, ask God for insight, read the history of Christianity, look around you and you will see that many churches today,Protestant churches to be precise no longer preach salvation and repentance but prosperity, signs and wonders. This alone speaks a lot about the truth. Whether people like you believe or not, the church will prevail to the end.

    • ECCELA

      DEAR SHERIL, I believe you have a great love for Christ. Please love and trust the Lord enough to read the beginnings of His church. Please never mistake asking for intercessions from saints and friends (as you ask others to pray for you and is stated in the bible to do so) for knowing only God can save us and He sent His only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to make atonement for our sins and when Chris ascended into heaven he stated “the gates of hell shall not prevail against my church”. He also said that He had to go as the parcalete aka Holy Spirit cannot come until He goes back to heaven. The Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) descended on the feast of the Pentecost. He is always here as He is the spirit of The Church. When you read about the Church fathers you will see how clear this is. St. Paul writes about this in so many letters to the first churches as does the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Please do not be slothful in your research and reading of the entire bible. God always will make clear to those who ask. May you grow in your love of The Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

  • Christopher Millar

    God looks at the heart, and desires all men to repent of their sin and seek a relationship with God .There are a lot of things about God that we know nothing about . Purgatory may exist , but if we as individuals will continue to sin and hurt God’s heart , it shows that we are not thankful for the price the Lord Jesus paid in suffering a horrible death on the cross .God is using people from all walks of life to share his love with mankind . Let us embrace God’s will , read the bible and love and serve people who God has created for his eternal purpose .

  • aanto victor

    Please pray for my brother manoj kumar (late).He expired on 09-12-2012.May he enter heaven.


  • DanS

    One cannot say with absolute certainty that purgatory or a similar cleansing place does not exist. The word purgatory does not have to be spelled out in the Bible. The word abortion is not spelled out in the Bible but we know it to be an intrinsic evil. I believe the Bible is truly the inspired word of God given to us by the Holy Spirit. We should be reading all 73 books that were given to us. I have more trouble with man removing 7 books after 1200 years for political reasons. If you read Wisdom & Sirach you will know that they are truly God inspired. As it relates to purgatory or a cleansing place, it is common sense. God and sin are incompatible. God had to turn away from Jesus the moment Jesus took on all the sins of the world on the cross. It stands to reason that we need to go through a purging or cleansing process before we can see the face of God. Every stain needs to be removed from our soul.

  • Vid

    Thank you, Fr.
    This true story of yours helps me to be closer to GOD.
    I increase my prayers and I try hard to live a holy life serving the LORD Our GOD faithfully.

    GOD Bless you

  • Bright

    When I read the bible I see Jesus teaching us about heaven and hell but I don’t see him teaching purgatory. Please can you throw more light on purgatory based on the bible scriptures.

    • Bonnie Waletzko

      Bright, I hope these notes will help shed some light on Purgatory for you. These notes are from a dear friend who sent them to me. I am sure he would approve of me forwarding them on to you.

      Purgatory: Source of the word…The Greek word for fire is “pur” and it is the
      root from which “PUR-gatory” derives. Purgatory is that state of purification
      by fire for those who are already saved.
      Purgatory: The Bible speaks of ‘Purgatory’, in the same way it speaks of the
      ‘Trinity’ and of the ‘Incarnation’. The actual word is not there but the
      meaning is, and it is in several places.
      It stands to reason that since GOD is perfect, then Heaven has to be
      a perfect place, and nothing imperfect can enter (Rev 21:27). GOD will not
      join Himself to anything defiled. If a person dies with sins not sufficient
      for hell (the sin unto death, 1Jn 5:16-17), and has lesser sins to prevent
      entry into Heaven, then there has to be a third place in which to atone for
      them. This would be a temporary place, as stated in Mt 5:25-26, “You shall
      not come out until you have paid the last penny”. Come out of where?
      After Adam’s sin, the gates of Heaven were closed, and no one was allowed to
      enter until Jesus Christ redeemed the human race and opened the gates once
      again. Where were the spirits of the prophets, such as Moses and Isaiah, who
      lived before the time of Christ and after Adam? They could not have been in
      Heaven since it was closed (Jn 3:13), and they would have been lost had
      they been in hell. “…and to GOD the judge of all, and to the spirits of
      the just made perfect”, Heb 12:23. Where are these spirits who are made
      perfect? They are certainly not in heaven as Rev 21:27 tells us. Is
      Purgatory Sheol, or the Netherworld of the Old Testament? See Mt 27:52-53.
      Phil 2:10 says, “That at the name of Jesus, every knee should bend of those
      in Heaven, on earth, and ‘under the earth’.” ‘Under the earth’, could it
      mean hell, or is it a third place? Non Catholic theologians struggle trying
      to reconcile their denial of the existence of Purgatory with what Paul said
      in 1Cor 3:10-15. ‘If a person does good works, he will receive reward. If
      his work burns he will lose his reward, but himself will be saved, yet as
      though through fire’. That says man will be purified by fire and then will
      be ‘saved’ to enter Heaven. Where will this, ‘yet as though through fire’,
      take place if not in a third place called ‘Purgatory’?
      In the process of silver refining, the refiner watches the silver, for if
      the process is longer than necessary, the silver will be harmed.
      “He shall sit refining and cleansing the silver. And he shall purify the sons
      of Levi, and shall refine them as gold, and as silver…”, ***Mal 3:3,
      Zech 13:9. He knows the process is complete when he can see his own image
      reflected in the silver: 1Chron 29:4, Isa 48:10, ***Zech 13:9, 1Cor 3:13-15.
      In 1Peter 3:19, Christ preached to the ‘spirits in prison’. What spirits?
      What prison? We will become pure spirits only after we die, so the spirits
      have to be the spirits of the dead. ‘Prison’ cannot mean Heaven, and souls
      in hell are lost forever. ‘Prison’ must mean a third place. 1Peter 4:6, the
      Gospel was preached ‘even to the dead’. Again, where were these dead?
      Matthew 12:32, “…but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not
      be forgiven him either in this world or in the world to come. This passage
      alludes to another world in which some sins will be forgiven. What other
      world? Again it could not be either Heaven or hell.
      Very strong evidence that a third place exists, is in 2Macchabees 12:38-46,
      “…it is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to Pray for the dead, that
      they may be loosed from sins.” If there are only Heaven and hell, why then
      does Scripture ask us to pray for the dead? If the dead are in hell, prayer
      is useless. If the dead are in Heaven, prayer is not needed.
      Therefore there
      has to be a third place where prayers are needed.
      “I rejoice now in the sufferings I bear for your sake; and what is lacking
      of the sufferings of Christ. I fill up in my flesh for His body, which is
      the Church (Col 1:24).” Since Christ and we are one body, we are united in
      Him in the redemption of souls in Purgatory, He through the blood He shed,
      and we through our prayers for the souls there.
      The greatest torment in Purgatory is to be separated from GOD for a period
      of time. Remember, in this life we have five senses, and they are always a
      distraction for us when we try to concentrate on things of GOD such as
      prayer. After we leave this life, we are spirit and have lost our five
      senses. Then there will be no more distractions.
      Purgatory should be regarded as a great blessing from GOD. Even though souls
      there are in torment, it is only a temporary torment. All who go there are
      assured of eventually gaining the Kingdom of Heaven. It sure beats the third
      alternative. The punishment of purgatory has been described as, “The
      radiance of GOD’s burning love for us.”.
      The doctrine of Purgatory was defined by the Council of Florence in 1431,
      and was reaffirmed by the Council of Trent in 1563. Those who know Hebrew
      see Purgatory in Psalm 23. Purgatory was defined by the Councils of
      Florence and Trent: Gen 50:10, Num 20:29, Deut 34:8
      1Sam 31:13, 2Sam 12:13-18, Job 1:1-5,23:10, Wis 3:1-7, **Sir 2:5,7:37,
      Prov 17:3,27:21, Isa ***6:5-7,61:1, Bar 3:4, Dan 4:24,**12:10, Mic 7:9,
      Mal 3:2-3, Hab 1:13, Zech 9:11,13:***8-9, ***2Macc 12:38-46, Mt
      Mt **12:32,36,13:24-30,18:34-35, *Mk 9:48, Lk *12:47-48,58-59,16:19-31,
      Rom 8:23-25, ***1Cor 3:10-15,15:29, Eph 6:18, Phil 2:10, *Col 1:24,
      1Thes 5:23, 2Tim 1:16-18, Heb 9:23,*12:14,22-23,29, Jam 1:12,3:1,5:19-20,
      1Pet *1:3-7, 1Pet *3:13-20,**4:1-12,18,5:10, Jude **1:23, Rev 2:10,
      Rev 3:1-2,18,19,14:13, **21:27,**22:14-15, CCC 1030-1032
      An analogy to present happenings: Suppose a murderer is caught. He can be
      forgiven by those he offended but he still has temporal punishment to serve
      out in prison.
      In Summary:
      1) There is punishment due to sin even after receiving forgiveness,
      2) nothing unclean, nothing with the stain of sin, will enter Heaven,
      3) there is a way, a process, through which the spirits of the just are made perfect.
      4) there is a place, or a state of being, other than Heaven or Hell, where a person
      can suffer loss after they die, as through fire, yet still be saved. All principles
      backed up by Scripture which, when put together, make a very good case for Purgatory.
      Purgatory, an interview with Maria Simma (1915-2004) of Austria who had regular
      visits from souls in Purgatory:
      Maria, can you tell us how you were visited for the first time by a soul in
      Yes, it was in 1940. One night, around 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning, I
      heard someone coming into my bedroom. I saw a complete stranger. He walked
      back and forth slowly. I said to him severely: “How did you get in here? Go
      away!” But he continued to walk impatiently around the bedroom as if he
      hadn’t heard. So I asked him again: “What are you doing?” But as he still
      didn’t answer, I jumped out of bed and tried to grab him, but I grasped only
      air. There was nothing there. So I went back to bed, but again I heard him
      pacing back and forth. I wondered how I could see this man, but I couldn’t
      grab him. I rose again to hold onto him and to stop him from walking around;
      again, I grasped only emptiness. Puzzled, I went back to bed. He didn’t come
      back, but I couldn’t get back to sleep. The next day, after Mass, I went to
      see my spiritual director and told him everything. He told me that if this
      should happen again, I shouldn’t ask, “Who are you?” but “What do you want
      from me?” The following night, the man returned. I asked him: “What do you
      want from me?” He replied: “Have three Masses celebrated for me, and I will
      be delivered.” So I understood that it was a soul in Purgatory. My spiritual
      director confirmed this. He also advised me never to turn away the poor
      souls, but to accept with generosity whatever they asked of me.
      And afterwards, the visits continued?
      Yes. For several years, there were only three or four souls, above all in
      November. Afterwards, there were more.
      What do these souls ask of you?
      In most cases, they ask to have Masses celebrated and that one be present at
      these Masses. They ask to have the Rosary said and also that one make the
      Stations of the Cross.
      Maria, do the souls in Purgatory have, nevertheless, joy and hope in the midst
      of their suffering?
      Yes. No soul would want to come back from Purgatory to the earth.
      They have
      knowledge which is infinitely beyond ours. They just could not decide to
      return to the darkness of the earth. Here we see the difference from the
      suffering that we know on earth. In Purgatory, even if the pain of the soul is
      just terrible, there is the certitude of living forever with God.
      It’s an
      unshakeable certitude. The joy is greater than the pain. There is nothing on
      earth which could make them want to live here again, where one is never sure
      of anything.
      Maria, can you tell us now if it is God who sends a soul into Purgatory, or if
      the soul itself decides to go there?
      It is the soul itself which wants to go to Purgatory, in order to be pure before
      going to Heaven.
      Maria, at the moment of death, does one see God in full light or in an obscure
      In a manner still obscure, but, all the same, in such brightness that this is
      enough to cause great longing.
      Maria, can you tell us what the role of Our Lady is with the souls in Purgatory?
      She comes often to console them and to tell them they have done many good things.
      She encourages them.
      Are there any days in particular on which She delivers them?
      Above all, Christmas Day, All Saints Day, Good Friday, the Feast of the
      Assumption, and the Ascension of Jesus.
      Charity covers a multitude of sins…
      Maria, why does one go to Purgatory? What are the sins which most lead to
      Sins against charity, against the love of one’s neighbor, hardness of heart,
      hostility, slandering, calumny, all these things.
      Here, Maria gives us an example which really struck her which I would like to
      share with you. She had been asked to find out if a woman and a man were in
      Purgatory. To the great astonishment of those who had asked, the woman was
      already in Heaven and the man was in Purgatory. In fact, this woman had died
      while undergoing an abortion, whereas the man often went to church and
      apparently led a worthy, devout life. So Maria searched for more information,
      thinking she’d been mistaken, but no, it was true. They had died at
      practically the same moment, but the woman had experienced deep repentance,
      and was very humble, whereas the man criticized everyone; he was always
      complaining and saying bad things about others. This is why his Purgatory
      lasted so long. And Maria concluded: “We mustn’t judge on appearances.”
      Other sins against charity are all our rejections of certain people we do not
      like, our refusals to make peace, our refusals to forgive, and all the
      bitterness we store inside.
      Maria also illustrated this point with another example which gave us food for
      thought. It’s the story of a woman she knew very well. This lady died and was
      in Purgatory, in the most terrible Purgatory, with the most atrocious
      sufferings. And when she came to see Maria, she explained why.
      She had had a female friend. Between them rose a great enmity, caused by
      herself. She had maintained this enmity for years and years, even though her
      friend had many times asked for peace, for reconciliation. But each time, she
      refused. When she fell gravely ill, she continued to close her heart, to
      refuse the reconciliation offered by her friend, right up to her deathbed.
      Maria, please tell us: who are those who have the greatest chance of going
      straight to Heaven?
      Those who have a good heart towards everyone. Love covers a multitude of sins.
      What are the means which we can take on earth to avoid Purgatory and go straight
      to Heaven?
      We must do a great deal for the souls in Purgatory, for they help us in their
      turn. We must have much humility. This is the greatest weapon against evil,
      against the Evil One. Humility drives evil away.
      The Holy Mass
      Maria, can you now tell us what are the most effective means to help deliver
      the souls in Purgatory?
      The most efficient means is the Mass.
      Why the Mass?
      Because it is Christ who offers Himself out of love for us. It is the
      offering of Christ Himself to God, the most beautiful offering. The priest is
      God’s representative, but it is God Himself who offers Himself and sacrifices
      Himself for us. The efficacy of the Mass for the deceased is even greater for
      those who attached great value to the Mass during their lives. If they
      attended Mass and prayed with all their hearts, if they went to Mass on
      weekdays, according to their time available, they drew great profit from
      Masses celebrated for them. Here, too, one harvests what one has sown.
      A soul in Purgatory sees very clearly on the day of his funeral if we really
      pray for him, or if we have simply made an act of presence to show we were
      there. The poor souls say that tears are no good for them: only prayer! Often
      they complain that people go to a funeral without addressing a single prayer
      to God, while shedding many tears; this is useless!
      Earthly sufferings:
      There is another means, very powerful, to help the poor souls: the offering of
      our sufferings, our penances, such as fasting, renunciations, etc., and of
      course, involuntary suffering, like illness or mourning.
      Maria, you have been invited many times to suffer for the poor souls, in order
      to deliver them. Can you tell us what you have experienced and undergone during
      these times?
      The first time, a soul asked me if I wouldn’t mind suffering for three hours in
      my body for her, and that afterwards I could resume working. I said to myself:
      “If it will all be over after three hours, I could accept it.”
      During those
      three hours, I had the impression that it lasted three days, it was so painful.
      But at the end, I looked at my watch, and I saw that it had only lasted three
      hours. The soul told me that by accepting that suffering with love for three
      hours, I had saved her twenty years of Purgatory!
      Yes, but why did you suffer for only three hours to avoid twenty years of
      Purgatory? What did your sufferings have that was worth more?
      It is because suffering on earth does not have the same value. On earth, when
      we suffer, we can grow in love, we can gain merits, which is not the case with
      the sufferings in Purgatory. In Purgatory, the sufferings serve only to purify
      us from sin. On earth, we have all the graces. We have the freedom to choose.
      All of this is so encouraging because it gives an extraordinary meaning to our
      sufferings. The suffering which is offered, voluntary or involuntary, even the
      smallest sacrifices we can make, suffering or sickness, mourning,
      disappointments, if we live them with patience, if we welcome them in humility,
      these sufferings can have an unheard-of power to help souls.
      The best thing to do, Maria tells us, is to unite our sufferings to those of
      Jesus, by placing them in the hands of Mary. She is the one who knows best how to
      use them, since often we ourselves do not know the most urgent needs around us.
      All this, of course, Mary will give back to us at the hour of our death. You
      see, these sufferings offered will be our most precious treasures in the other
      world. We must remind each other of this and encourage each other when we suffer.
      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 our hands to
      relieve these souls who suffer.
      We wouldn’t think twice about helping a child who has fallen in front of us from
      a tree, and who had broken his bones. 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.
      Maria, why can one no longer gain merits in Purgatory, when one can on earth?
      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 of 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. We should not always consider
      sufferings as a punishment. It 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, do the souls in Purgatory rebel when faced with their suffering?
      No! They want to purify themselves; they understand that it is necessary.
      What is the role of contrition or repentance at the moment of death?
      Contrition is very important. The sins are forgiven, in any case, but there remains
      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
      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?
      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 and see God. Then we see a film
      of our lives.
      I knew a man who believed in the Church’s teachings, but not in eternal life. 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, does the devil have permission to attack us at the moment of death?
      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.
      Maria, what advice would you give to anyone who wants to become a saint here on
      Be very humble. We must not be occupied with ourselves. Pride is evil’s greatest
      Maria, please tell us: can one ask the Lord to do one’s Purgatory on earth, in
      order not to have to do it after death?
      Yes. I knew a priest and a young woman who were both ill with tuberculosis in the
      hospital. The young woman said to the priest: “Let’s ask the Lord to be able to
      suffer on earth as much as necessary in order to go straight to Heaven.” The
      priest replied that he himself didn’t dare to ask for this. Nearby was a
      religious sister who had overheard the whole conversation. The young woman died
      first, the priest died later, and he appeared to the sister,
      saying: “If only I
      had had the same trust as the young woman, I too would have gone straight to
      Maria, are there different degrees in Purgatory?
      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 sufferings in Purgatory more painful than the most painful
      sufferings on earth?
      Yes, but in a symbolic way. It hurts more in the soul.
      Maria, you know, many people today believe in reincarnation. What do the souls
      tell you concerning this subject?
      The souls say that God gives only one life.
      But some would say that just one life is not enough to know God and to have the
      time to be really converted, that it isn’t fair. What would you reply to them?
      All people have an interior Faith (conscience); even if they do not practice,
      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 knows
      how to discern good from evil. With this conscience, each soul can become
      What happens to people who have committed suicide? Have you ever been visited
      by these people?
      Up to now, I have never encountered the case of a suicide who was lost, this
      doesn’t mean, of course, that that doesn’t exist, but often, the souls tell me
      that the most guilty were those around them, when they were negligent or spread
      At this moment, I asked Maria if the souls regretted having committed suicide.
      She answered yes. Often, suicide is due to illness. 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. In the end, what hurts them most is to see the good that
      they could have done but didn’t, because they shortened their lives. But when
      the cause is illness, the Lord takes this into account, of course.
      Are there priests in Purgatory?
      Yes, there are many. They didn’t promote respect for the Eucharist.
      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
      What would you say, then, to a priest who really wants to live according to the
      Heart of God?
      I would advise him to pray much to the Holy Spirit — and to say his Rosary every
      Have you been visited by souls who, on earth, practiced perversions?
      I am
      thinking, for example, about the sexual domain.
      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?
      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
      What are the attitudes of heart which can lead us to losing our soul for good, I
      mean going to Hell?
      It is when the soul does not want to go towards God, when it actually says: “I
      do not want.”
      Jesus said that it was difficult for a rich person to enter into the Kingdom of
      Heaven. Have you seen such cases?
      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, etc.?
      It is not good. It is always evil. It is the devil who makes the table move.
      What is the difference between what you are living with the souls of the
      departed, and the practices of spiritism?
      We are not supposed to summon up the souls. I don’t try to get them to come.
      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.) are doing something very dangerous for themselves and for those who come
      to them for advice. 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, l do
      not do so, and I never will do so. When something appears to me, God alone
      permits it.
      Purgatory, those in cannot pray for themselves. They cannot work out their own
      salvation, since they are there for purification and cleansing.
      That process
      does not allow for meriting for ones self.
      Purgatory time. We will be outside of time in Purgatory so the human way of
      expressing time will not apply. However, time, is our only way of expressing
      a ‘duration’ spent there.
      Purgatory will not exist after the last judgement, as there will be no one
      there (implied): Mt 25:46

  • Jane

    For those who scoff at the idea of purgatory: There is a sentence in the Bible..don’t remember where..that states: “It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins.” If there were no “holding place” where souls may be purified before entering heaven, why would we pray for them?

    • Chloe7

      Sorry? Which scripture are you referring to. In fact when a man wanted to go and bury his brother Jesus said let the dead bury their own. We are not allowed to even SPEAK to the dead, yet the Catholic church prays to dead “saints” – now there’s another strange issue. A woman once offered to pray to Padre Peo??? for me and I asked her please not to do that at all. Those are dead people. Sorry I think you will stay with your church and believe ITS teachings. Lately so many have come out of all sorts of churches and they pray to Yeshua Hamashiach and they walk with G-d.
      BUT G-d did say in the end my young men will see visions and my old men will dream dreams (from him) and Jesus also said when the disciples couldn’t heal someone: “NEVERTHELESS when the Son of Man returns, will he find faith on the earth?” which borders on sadness and sarcasm together and to me means he’ll find almost didly squat. So we rely on His mercy. But no-one else’s.

      • Hello Chloe,

        Hopefully you will read this article which biblically clarifies the Catholic Churches teaching on praying to saints. There is on major misconception you mentioned. Catholic’s don’t pray to dead people.

        Here is an excerpt:

        The Bible strongly condemns communication with the dead. It does not matter if those who died were good or bad, saintly or evil, there is to be no communication between the living and the dead. The only communication with spirit beings that originates with man that is allowed in Scripture is that of prayer to God and He alone.

        Biblical texts like Deut. 18:10-11 and Isaiah 19:3—each of which condemns necromancy—are employed to say “communication with the dead” is condemned absolutely.

        Actually, what is being condemned in these texts from Deuteronomy and Isaiah is conjuring up the dead through wizards and mediums, not praying to saints. The Church has always condemned this.
        Hope this helps.

      • Delia

        BIBLICAL PASSAGES ON PURGATORYfrom the Catholic Answers)

        “In the Old Testament:

        The first mention of Purgatory in the Bible is in 2 Maccabees 12:46: “Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from sin.”

        Some people do not accept Maccabees as book of the Bible. This is unfortunate since it is that their Bibles have been edited and are missing books. (Find out Why Catholic Bibles Are Different) Even if a person does not accept the book of Maccabees, it at least has historical value for we can learn what the pre-Christian community believed.

        In Chapter 12 of Second Maccabees we read Scriptural proof for Purgatory and evidence that the Jews had sacrifices offered for those of their brothers who had lost their lives in battle. That the Jews prayed for the dead shows that they believed in a place where they could be helped (which we now call purgatory) and that the prayers of their living brothers and sisters could help them in that place. This is closely related to the Catholic doctrine of the communion of saints.

        During the Reformation in the 15th century, when Martin Luther was deciding to remove books from the Bible, these words in the book of Maccabees had so clearly favored Catholic teaching, that the whole book was removed from the Protestant Bible. Unfortunately for Protestants, even if they feel that the book was not inspired, it still tells us of the practice of God’s chosen people.

        In the New Testament

        In Matthew 5:26 and Luke 12:59 Christ is condemning sin and speaks of liberation only after expiation. “Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” Now we know that no last penny needs to be paid in Heaven and from Hell there is no liberation at all; hence the reference must apply to a third place.

        Matthew 12:32 says, “And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” Here Jesus speaks of sin against the Holy Spirit. The implication is that some sins can be forgiven in the world to come. We know that in Hell there is no liberation and in Heaven nothing imperfect can enter it as we see in the next part. Sin is not forgiven when a soul reaches its final destination because in heaven there is no need for forgiveness of sin and in hell the choice to go there is already made.

        Revelation 21:27: “…but nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who does abominable things or tells lies.” The place that is to be entered (the place to which this passage refers) is heaven (read the text around it for context).

        The Bible clearly implies a place for an intermediate state of purification after we die in the many passages which tell that God will reward or punish according to a person’s life.”

  • paschal victor

    Why not aim for heaven and avoid purgatory…… I believe father’s testimony

  • ekeson

    Catholic church is only church God created, heaven hell and purgatory exist. I have seen purgatory when I die but with help of God he allowed me to come back to earth again. pray be holy for you to make heaven.

  • rex

    God is for sure “just”. Being just, He judges with justice and equity. It is stated in the Bible that no one, with even the slightest blemishes or sins, can enter heaven. If there is no purgatory, as some would say, where would God put the souls with only small sins? He cannot be called a just God if He would put them in hell, which would be eternal damnation.

  • Chanaka

    This is the truth. This priest wouldn’t lie or make it up. There are many cases of Near Death Experiences that back up his claim. Jesus is real. Hell, Purgatory, & Heaven are real. Sinners gonna pay if they don’t make a change in their lives.

  • Devasi tony T.A.

    Fr jose acho enikum pinne ende kudumbathekum vendi prarthikaname.vishudhiyil valaraan prarthikkaname…we r waiting for my Jesus second coming…thanks for ur heaven message..thanks fr jose acho……………..price the Lord……halleluah……

  • sarah

    just pray that’s all i can tell you

  • sarah

    just get filled with the holy ghost he will show you and there wont be any doubts…..

  • John

    About this testimony, and NDE in general, here is a critical analysis, from a Christian point of view:

  • Eliakim

    This is not from God but from the pit of hell. There is no bible verse in his vision to prove it. There’s only heaven and hell. THERE IS NOTHING WRITTEN ABOUT PURGATORY IN REVELATION.

    • Philip Leow

      Alleluia with peace to all from Philip Leow ( Singapore ) .Jesus chose Peter our 1st Pope – Mt 16 : 18 – 19 please read verse 19.C C C-Catechism of the Catholic Church , tradition and sacred scripture ref 80 – 83 are handed down from the apostles to Pope Francis.God chose Saint Jerome the catholics celebrate mass on 30th September ,to interpret the holy bible for us / others who believed, all of us are given freedom-Sirach 15 : 14 -20 n Galatians 5 : 1,13 n 1 Peter 2 : 16-17 , New Jerome Biblical Commentary will be difficult for those who beginning to journey with Jesus , use Collegeville Bible Commentary for easy to understand.C C C, ref 1030-32 on Purgatory. Harper’s Bible Dictionary its members are international group of bible experts – Protestants , Catholics n Jewish affiliates very useful informations.
      God never lies- Titus 1:2 n Fr.Jose being chosen by him -Hebrews 5 : 1-4 even God will punish JOB (HE is a pagan ) friends unless he intercede for them- Job 42 : 7-9.The gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.-Act 10:45-46 / 15:6-8 n the Magi/wise men are gentiles/astrologers refer Harper’s. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, the truth will make you free, so dear brothers/sisters in Christ ask,( Mt7:7-8 ) the Holy Spirit for the gift of discernment to be manifested in you-1 Corinthians 2:14-15 ( Isaiah 11:1-3/Gal 5:22-23 gifts of the Holy Spirit ) Everything comes from God-Ps24:1 n 50 :12 /John 3:27 n authority being given to SATAN BY GOD -Lk 4:6 n the demons shudder-James 2:19 n the Trinity- Mt 3:13-17 /Mk1:9-11/Lk 3:21-22 n Jn 1:29-34 having no favourites dear brothers/sisters in Christ ask/talk to the Trinity, since i was like the prodical son who came back about 21yrs n with his grace/blessings now yearning to go back n meet Jesus , alleluia with love n joy from philip amen .

    • Delia

      BIBLICAL PASSAGES ON PURGATORYfrom the Catholic Answers)

      “In the Old Testament:

      The first mention of Purgatory in the Bible is in 2 Maccabees 12:46: “Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from sin.”

      Some people do not accept Maccabees as book of the Bible. This is unfortunate since it is that their Bibles have been edited and are missing books. (Find out Why Catholic Bibles Are Different) Even if a person does not accept the book of Maccabees, it at least has historical value for we can learn what the pre-Christian community believed.

      In Chapter 12 of Second Maccabees we read Scriptural proof for Purgatory and evidence that the Jews had sacrifices offered for those of their brothers who had lost their lives in battle. That the Jews prayed for the dead shows that they believed in a place where they could be helped (which we now call purgatory) and that the prayers of their living brothers and sisters could help them in that place. This is closely related to the Catholic doctrine of the communion of saints.

      During the Reformation in the 15th century, when Martin Luther was deciding to remove books from the Bible, these words in the book of Maccabees had so clearly favored Catholic teaching, that the whole book was removed from the Protestant Bible. Unfortunately for Protestants, even if they feel that the book was not inspired, it still tells us of the practice of God’s chosen people.

      In the New Testament

      In Matthew 5:26 and Luke 12:59 Christ is condemning sin and speaks of liberation only after expiation. “Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” Now we know that no last penny needs to be paid in Heaven and from Hell there is no liberation at all; hence the reference must apply to a third place.

      Matthew 12:32 says, “And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” Here Jesus speaks of sin against the Holy Spirit. The implication is that some sins can be forgiven in the world to come. We know that in Hell there is no liberation and in Heaven nothing imperfect can enter it as we see in the next part. Sin is not forgiven when a soul reaches its final destination because in heaven there is no need for forgiveness of sin and in hell the choice to go there is already made.

      Revelation 21:27: “…but nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who does abominable things or tells lies.” The place that is to be entered (the place to which this passage refers) is heaven (read the text around it for context).

      The Bible clearly implies a place for an intermediate state of purification after we die in the many passages which tell that God will reward or punish according to a person’s life.”

  • talent n

    There’s nothing like purgatory. don’t manipulate everything. stop making innocent souls perish with all those false doctrines.

    • Andy Holland

      Some are saved as through fire. Of course that is written by St Paul in 1 Cor 3:15 and that we can pray for those in purgatory Jude 1:23.

      Now we know Paul went to Heaven and Jude speaks of the dispute between Michael and Satan over Moses. Recall Jude is Jesus half brother as well as a disciple and so was a contemporary during the Resurrection and harrowing of hell.

      Further Jesus is God of the Living not the dead and with God nothing is impossible. God orders the universe, not any of us but I trust the Saints and scripture. Further Peter said Holy Scripture is not of any private interpretation and we should know that first!

    • eddie

      There is purgatory smarten up. Stop the protestant heresies that deny what EVERY early Church Father, knew taught, believed, and codified as Dogma.

  • Robert

    As a gay male I have looked back at my life, and many times wish things were different. I pray all the time, and I have the feeling my prayers help. The fact is, however, that even though I am no longer a practicing gay male, I still am one. That is who I am just as there cannot be one specie of animal, I will always be gay. If I wasn’t gay, I never would have lived the life. There was never any turning away from God in order to achieve this, but God guided me through many difficult situations of which I was clearly saved. I’m afraid God accepts me for what I am because I have acknowledged it, but I cannot live a lie in order to fulfill my duties because that would be even worse. I must endure who I am in spite of logic or I would have lost myself in pretending to be what I am not. This is suffering.

    • Andy Holland

      Robert I don’t think it matters much that you have the passion to be gay as long as you don’t act on it but it doesn’t define you.

      For instance I am an arrogant, judgmental, vain glorious, lusting heterosexual with delusions of grandure, gluttonous, covetous, and wholly unworthy of Christ – but I keep falling down, getting up etc…. try to be less that way every day.

      That does not make my many sins any less severe or the rot they reflect any less rotten – I pray with Gods help to get better but my sinfulness does not define who I am but God does and hopefully by some miracle I might make purgatory.

    • Mary Teres

      That is one thing about this “near death” experience that bothers me…I am not gay, however I know many gay individuals who are most wonderful, and I do not believe for one minute that the Lord would condemn them to hell!!!!!

      • Bob

        Mary, there are many wonderful people who are serious siners. Many adulterous people. Many thiefs. Many proud . It doesn’t matter how nice you are. Serious sin is serious sin and we are not to act on it. You must not choose a sinful lifestyle . Many are called and few are chosen !!!! They murdered Christ and His apostles because they did NOT like the message . Pray for your friends and tell them the TRUTH. Better to be offended here than spend an eternity in hell. It is God’s word. He does NOT lie !!!!!!

  • i believe in him,purgatory,hell and heaven really exist,

  • oswald

    dont argue it is for our salvation whatever we have learned will help all of us . please pray for them those rejects we are all created by God, my dear brothers let there be love among us please dont argue … my the Lord bless u all

  • CreeSaiyan

    As soon as I saw “purgatory” I pressed “Go back” button….

  • Teen

    I have never been so saddened and greived by anything that I’ve read to supposedly be a “testimony” from God. In the last days the devil is sure to counterfeit the true testimonies. He stays very close to the truth so that people won’t pick it up as false. (But, honestly, this one is so far from the truth!! However, people believe in purgatory, so will not see any wrong in it.) Please research information about the “book of Maccabees. There is no such thing as praying for the dead. None. The dead have met their fate and nothing changes that. Please, please, search for the truth and find it for yourself so that you don’t jeopardize your eternity!

    • Jesus in the Gospel talks about this correction and indirectly Purgatory at the end of His parable on forgiveness:

      And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers (torturers), till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart. [Matt 18:34-35]

      In this passage there is no mention of God punishing very serious sinners but only those who sin by not forgiving others. Also the punishment referred to here is not eternal as in hell (Mark 9:47-48) but only temporary – “till he should pay all his debt.”

      Purgatory is a temporary state for souls in friendship with God (i.e. saved) who need cleansing from the bad effects, mess, scandal and attachments (attraction to sin) still remaining from forgiven mortal sins and less serious venial sins. Such tainted souls, though saved, cannot enter heaven directly. As stated in the Bible: “But nothing unclean shall enter it (heaven)…” [Rev 21:27]. These souls need to be purged of all “uncleanness”, no matter how slight before seeing God face to face (Rev 22:3-5). Eventually all souls in Purgatory will go to heaven.

      • Meri Russell

        You are so wrong. You have been brainwashed. When did the Catholic church come up with this idea and for what purpose? Check out the dates. Don’t take things out of context in the Bible. It never mentions purgatory or your idea of a temporary state. Revelations does say not to add one dot or tittle to his word and you seem to be doing this.

  • ify

    There is no such thing as purgatory,it is a false and demonic doctrine from the pit of hell.there are only two places of eternal destination and that is HEAVEN and HELL.If you miss heaven be sure you wouldn’t miss hell

  • dane

    There’s no purgatory.. Heaven and Hell only!.,.

  • Mary

    I believe this testimony. God is reaching into the world to save us and His Mercy is great. yes,pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily………Very powerful pray……

  • Roy Muscat

    I know of most of the things he has written. I am a member of St. joseph’s church , Naduvil, Kerala where Fr. Jose was the parish priest for sometime. It was then, on his way to a mission centre, that he met with the accident he is talking about. I also remember how people, mostly non Christians, used to come from far and wide for his prayers and blessings. Those infested with evil spirits used to scream and scroll on the ground while he prayed for them.

    Nice to read you again, Father.

  • OS

    Why are NDE based on one’s beliefs? There was an NDE from another christian in which he claims jesus told him there is no purgatory, but yet in yours you claim there is a purgatory? He is a protestant your a catholic. So why is it that what one sees is based on what they believe?

  • Edna Ruiz Manrique

    Thank you Fr for reiterating to us all what we all inherently know in our hearts exist; heaven, hell, & purgatory. It is testimonies like yours which reinforce to the rest of us, “wake up & beware or risk losing your soul” Thankyou for evangelizing to us. Thankyou for being obedient to Jesus maybe we too can be obedient in the small things as well as the big things. We must love much to forgive much. We must keep the 10 Commandments & we must work for social justice
    We must help help the poor, widow,imprisoned,orphaned & pray for all. God bless you.
    Edna Ruiz Manrique

  • Fe G. de la Rosa

    Hell exists!

  • David Zirpoli

    Thank you Fr. Jose for sharing that true story. We all need(Catholics, NonCatholics,Atheists,Agnostics)to hear of the
    four last things more often. especially from the pulpit! Praise Jesus!!!

  • nina

    Thank You Fr.Jose for sharing this beautifull testimony with the world,Its an incredible story I loved to read every word..Our Lord is so big..You have been chosen..pray for me and my family especially for my daughter Antonella…Do you alow me to come to visit you when I come to Florida???God Bless you now and forever..thank you..

  • Antonio Lopes

    Endless love of God beyond human imagination. What we do in return? Lord, help in my weaknesses.

    • Sam Danner

      I am an American living in Australia. I am a new Catholic of 14 months and I came out of the Pentecostal Church where this kind of testimony is heard very often. My priest here does know what to tell me about this experience. My baptist friends so not believe Ny of this stuff. However I want to believe. I go to Mass 4 times a week and now I do not Have the assurance of Heaven. Help I am confused.
      Brother Sam Danner.

      • kturkin

        brother, you must seek God and he will speak to you through his spirit, acts 3:19 read and understand that religion and man want to get the glory and take God out of the picture, no one can bring you to the father, except Jesus is written in the Gospels of John, you must study the /word of God to show yourself approve, any man can have a dream, vision, etc but it doesn’t mean that its from God, you must except Jesus Christ as your only Savior for his blood can wash away all sins, he came to be the mediator to the Father, no other is written in the Bible, why read books that are written by mere man, the bible was written with the inspiration of the Holy spirit….then ask the Holy spirit to come to your heart, once he comes peace should be in your heart because then you can understand the scriptures, and only the Spirit of God will tell you how to live Holy, and give you strength ,not like some man…but as Jesus Did…run from religion Jesus said he hates religion because it separates man from God… you cant do anything to get to heaven, because God so loved the World that he sent his only begotten son, to be slain for our sake, that whosoever believes in him will have eternal live, not religion or man can give you this, but God already gave you eternal live through Jesus the Christ. stop seeking God in places and people he is a Spirit, inside you, call unto him and he will answer, today- amen…be encourage not confused, confusion is a spirit- the scriptures says he has not given us the spirit of Fear but of Power and a sound Mind—don’t let man determine where you are heading- give your life to God to day

        • Meri Russell

          excellent response to this confused man. God bless you.

        • cali

          I want to also mention that Sister Faustina was visited by Jesus Christ. The book, Divine Mercy in My Soul, led to her canonization as a saint by Pope John Paul 2, and to the Feast of Divine Mercy celebrated each year in the Catholic Church. Please look into it.

      • cali

        Read the diary called, Divine Mercy in My Soul, written by Sister Faustina.
        Your eyes will be opened to the great love and mercy that Jesus has for you and your will be so happy and
        reassured of His love.

  • Sharon

    I am glad I found your website. It gives me a peace of mind same time it touched my heart. Thank you for sharing your experience with me. I felt it is so important that I pray and ask God forgiveness. I have so much to ask for forgiveness. I could write a long list which I admitted that I have done terribly wrong in the past. I am not good at confession but I really need to do it. It is so hard to begin with. I ask you to pray for me and for my strength to come for confession. I also want you to pray for my family such as my dad… he is a good and old wise man, my daughter, Rachael who have overcome her drugs habit and now become succeed with her new job, new car, new place to live…many things good happened to her lately. I am so proud of her. I want to her to keep the positive going. And now as for my son who has autism. He seem to be better each day. I pray for them everyday to keep positive. I love them so much. I also want you to pray for my two brothers and a sister… they have their own family. They are trying so hard to be a good family. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Our Father who art in heaven, hallow be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us for our trespass as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.

  • Glenda

    What a wonderful testimony! Praise be to g

  • john iritty

    see the God s miracle,grace & mercy.This lovely and beautiful testimony should be read by each catholic,those who believe in JESUS CHRIST.

  • Josekutty

    I am from where Fr. Jose comes from. Really glad of this testimony. God bless!

  • Father Jose’s story is a wake-up call for all Catholics who doubt their religion and faith. They become easy prey to some gullible evangelists who preach their own understanding and interpretation of the Bible as they understood it literally. They say that, if it is not written, it is not and it does not. If it is not read, it is not and it does not. The letters of Paul indicate his reflections on the works and life of Jesus Christ which had not been recorded as a diary while He was still preaching and suffering in Calvary, rising from the dead, commissioning His disciples and ascending to heaven. Paul’s words were but his reflection from what was told to him by the living witnesses because he had not been accompanying Jesus but rather serving the Roman Army and persecuting the believers of Jesus until he was blinded and made to see and believe by Jesus Christ Himself.

    Even the Apostle John abruptly stopped and concluded his gospel, saying that “if all were written down, I think that the world itself would not hold the books recording them.”

    Pastors and evengelists who preach anti-catholic vouch their conviction that there is only Heaven and Hell but no Purgatory. And so, I read the whole Bible and found no word “purgatory” there. I began to believe them and slowly doubted my catholic faith, but didn’t join them yet.

    Near Death Experiences or NDE suddenly caught my interest because I had an astral experience before as a 6-year old child having delirium and feeling myself out of my body going so fast towards the stars but seeing my mother crying and cuddling my body and praying the Lord God to save me from death.

    Those NDE stories varied from person to person and apparently revealing inclinations to their respective religious beliefs and inclinations. All NDE’s tell of a beautiful and joyful life in Heaven and eternal curse of suffering in Hell. An NDE of a non-Catholic Christian usually projects Catholics who died and suffer in hell because of false doctrines, they say. An NDE of a Catholic reveals a situation of souls who do not suffer unquenchable fire but a deprivation of the sight of God., which I think refers to purgatory in Catholic doctrine.

    I said, Lord I don’t want to lose my faith just because of the word “purgatory”, show me some citation beside those in Maccabees because it only tells of him exhorting his soldiers to make some offering and prayer for their dead comrades-in-arms so that the Lord God would forgive them of their unrepented sins.

    Then, by chance I read Fr. Jose Maniyangat’s story which I have included in my collection of NDE’s.

    Again, by another chance, my Facebook page showed the same story shared by an FB friend, Hazel Bentulan Belacho, the daughter of my Boss. As I began reading it again, I happened to be guided to open Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians 3:13-15 which says ‘the work of each one will be shown for what it is. The day of Judgment will make it public, and fire will be the test for everyone. If your work withstands the fire, you will be rewarded; but if your work becomes ashes, you will pay for it. You will be saved, but it will be as if passing through fire.”

    Purgatory or the process of purgation or cleansing is a requirement before one can enter Heaven unblemish and pure, if his life on earth, through faith and good works, had some imperfections that would have been forgiven had he/she been reconciled before death occurred.

    Am I correct, Lord Jesus? Please tell me so. Thank you.

  • Maureen

    There is a beautiful little book called “Prayers, Promises and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. It explains why we pray for those in purgatory and has so many wonderful prayers for every sort of situation. It is so beautiful! I would highly recommend it.

  • Joseph m.j.

    This NDE appears to be a catholic one. No wonder as it comes from a catholic priest. It seems that ones belief has something to do with ones experience of after life.

  • Ann Koroi

    Thank you Father for sharing this powerful message.

  • James Hanratty

    Moreover, no man has ascended into heaven but he that descended from heaven, the Son of man (Jesus). (John 3:13)

    But of course people pray/talk to dead saints and dead love ones because they “think” they are in heaven.

    But if JESUS said that “no man” has ascended to heaven and dead people sleep (luke 8:52) and know nothing, then why talk to them?

    The bible also says that the dead know nothing.

    I thought about this because I used to pray to relatives to help me send my prayers up to god. of course I would pray to God directly too. but I was young and was told this was wrong later because the dead are sleeping and cannot hear anything because they are not yet in heaven.

    BUT the bible also says that the person who accepts Jesus Christ as their personal savior and then falls asleep as the bible puts it (I corinthians 15:6, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, others in KJV) will go to a place to be with the Lord Jesus. In luke 23:43 Jesus calls this place paradise to the criminal on the cross next to him. In luke 16 verse 22 this place is called Abraham’s bosom or side.

    So the theif on the cross must be in parasise right, because Jesus said to him “on this day you shall be with me in paradise.”

    From my understanding, it then does not make any sense for God to have a resurrection of people if people were ALREADY in heaven. (Revelation 20:11-15)

    Ror we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10

    • Meri Russell

      Good for you for looking this up in the Bible. People who die, as I have investigate in the Bible, are in paradise. If you study prophecy, there are different times when different events occur. People die and are now with Christ or in hell(those who chose to not be with Christ)…there is no sleep. When the church era ends, there will appear the anti-christ and we will have seven years of war and torture on earth. The dead in christ and those alive before this tribulation time will be taken up to meet him. This is controversial but I believe that Thesselonians refers to us escaping this time of God’s wrath. This is a time when he respectfully restores your body with your spirit. I know this is a mystery but i’m trying to explain the best I know. So people either go to Paradise with Christ just as you said or to Hell. Heaven is when God restores his kingdom on earth and some of us will literally rule with him for 1000 years. After that is the Great White Throne Judgement. That is when God finally judges Satan, his fallen angels and those from the 1000 years. Christians are immediately with Christ at death as you say.

  • Felix

    This is an amazing testimony.Changes my life for the better.Pray for me too.

  • Skeptic

    BS…the Bible does not mention the existence of purgatory. Jesus Himself mentioned that he went only to two places: Heaven and Hell. So…

    • Yes the bible does speak of purgatory Jesus said I assure you that no man will go to the father until he has paid his debt
      Theirs time to edify but don’t be too sceptical as theirs no atheist in fox holes

  • Claudio

    Praise the Lord our Heavenly Father for ever and ever.. Amen..

  • Ma. Tita

    This miracle experience was a perfect tool for evangelization. I really praise & thank our MERCIFUL GOD for choosing you Fr. Jose as HIS instrument to relay HIS message for us. May all those who read your testimony will be converted just like your doctor.

    GOD bless you always Fr. Jose!

    Please pray for us…

  • gita william

    Thank You Fr.Jose for sharing this wonderful experience.More than 28 years and I never heard of it. Good that I am still alive to fight my weaknesses and my sins. Fr please pray for me and my family.

  • Helder Aguirre

    Please pray for me and my family.

  • Jennifer

    Fr. Jose is our parish priest and he works hard everyday to try to keep us all from hell. Thank you Fr. Jose. Please pray for his strength. And protect him from the devil who would like to silence his message.

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  • Maria

    Wow! Powerful story. Thanks Father for sharing this. I plan to send it to all of my young adult kids who sometimes do not understand the power of confession. It is inspirational for us all!

  • carla

    Dear father Jose,
    Thank you so much for sharing this testimony with us. Please kindly pray for me and my family.
    Your sister in Christ, Carla


    Inspiring, helpful and needed for safe berth at our eternal destination in the Lord’s kingdom.

  • anabelle

    Pray for me I admit it I’m a sinners but in my heart I honestly regret what I did help to me ask forgiveness…pray for me and my family .. thank you

  • Nancy kandaung

    Beautiful sharing. Hope that some priest and Bishop will get this message and latter they will preach about heaven, purgatory and hell.

  • Rita

    Its beautiful Father,you are blessed. Please pray for me and my children.

  • William Kemper

    This could be a weak up call ! It will intensify your prayer life . Gos bless us all. Amen

  • David

    Father Jose Maniyangat, Please pray for me and offer my special intention to our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Thank you and God Bless!!!

  • Efika Victor

    What an encouraging story packaged by our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. May heaven never pass me by

  • lisag

    When I taught my confirmation class on the gifts of the holy spirit I told them that “Awe of the Lord” used to be “Fear of the Lord”. There is nothing wrong with a little fear to help a person do the right thing. If the idea of going to hell was in more homilies Catholics would not be so inclined to make up their own set morals to follow. It is too bad that priests who know their parishioners play violent video games and watch violent TV shows do not want to offend the pew sitters by preaching the truth of heaven, hell and purgatory.

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  • Father Jose, afew years back you came to speak to our group, and we were so blessed, would you get in touch so we can bring you back to Washington,D.C.?
    Truly aman of God,

    god Bless you! stella+

  • Dear Father

    I meet you a number of years ago at the International Week of Prayer and Fasting all day Eucharist prayer Vigil.
    You sat next to me at the dinner the night before and I was touched and inspired by your experience. God bless
    you for all you do here on earth to bring all souls to heaven.

    Please pray for me and my family. My husband just died January 28, 2013 and I know he needs your prayers.
    Our children and grandchildren need your prayers since I know you are powerful with God.

    I am thanking you ahead of time since I know you will keep my family in your prayers and it will help them all
    heal and convert. We all need prayer so much.

    To Jesus thru Mary,

    Missy Reilly Smith
    Washington D.C.

    • Meri Russell

      Please write to David Jeremiah for help. This is priest is no powerful with God than you are. YOU are his child just as much as this priest. When Christ died, the curtain was torn in the temple opening the way to speak with God personally. You no longer need a priest for God to hear you. Read the Bible.

      • Caroline

        What is wrong in asking a man of God to pray for you. Several passages of the Bible support this- Pray for one another, People in authority etc.

  • richard

    Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily.

  • Dana Resuta

    This message is like a wakeup call. I pray that I am worthy of heaven….My Jesus Mercy.

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  • lisag

    What a beautiful testimony of Our Lords mercy, healing and forgiveness. God loves us so much!

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