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By Jacqueline Burkepile, ChurchPop, Nov 2, 2021

This is an amazing story!

Fr. Mark Goring of St. Mary’s Parish in Ottawa, Ca. posted a video explaining a young child’s supernatural vision during Mass: she saw her dad in purgatory!

It “points to the reality of purgatory and also of offering Masses for those who have died,” Fr. Goring begins.

The Canadian priest references the book, The Eucharistic Miracles of the World, which describes the child’s experience. The Church-approved event occurred in 17th-century Montserrat, Spain, where the Benedictine monks gathered for conferences.

“While this was going on, a mother with her young daughter came to the monastery. Her husband (the girl’s father) had died. It was revealed to her that her father was in purgatory and needed three Masses offered so he could be released from purgatory.

“She begged the abbot to offer three Masses for her father.”

Fr. Goring then quotes the book:

“The good abbot, moved by the girl’s tears, celebrated the first Mass. She was there the next day for the first Mass, and during the Mass, she said she saw her father kneeling, surrounded by frightening flames on the step of the main altar during the consecration.”

“The Father General, in order to find out whether her story was true, dubiously asked the girl to put a handkerchief close to the flames that surrounded her father. At his request, the girl put the handkerchief into the fire, which only she could see. Immediately, all the monks saw the handkerchief burst into flames.”

“The next day, they offered a second Mass, and during that Mass, she saw her father dressed in a bright-colored robe, standing next to the deacon.”

“Then, on the next day during the third Mass being offered, she saw her father in a snow-white robe. As soon as the Mass ended, the girl exclaimed, ‘There is my father, going away, rising up to Heaven!’”

Listen to Fr. Goring’s commentary below:

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Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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