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THE .INDIAN ADVOCATE.
lie igei ofpargatory.
HOW MANY HWKhT i:HMINICENChN THIS TITI.K
KhCAM.S TO A C1IHI8TIAN MINI).
THE ANGEL OF AGAR.
This unfortunate mother was wander
ing in the solitude of Bersabee. Both
she and her son, Ismael, were in danger
of dying from want of water.. She
laid the boy in the shade of a bush,
and not having courage enough to see
him die, went off a short distance. TIere
the unhappy woman moaned piteously,
and cried out, "I shall not see my child
die!" And, lo! an angel appeared to
her who said, "Thy son is thirsty; be
hold a fountain of water!" The mother
took the child, and gave him to drink;
and soon he came to life again.
0 weeping mothers, who have lost a
beloved child, reflect well! This child
of yours is burning perhaps with an
excruciating thirst in the flames of pur
gatory. Listen, therefore, to the voice
of his angel who, pointing out to you
the eucharistic (sacramental) fountain,
says cxhortingly: "Draw from Holy
(onimunion the living water that shall
refresh the parching lips of your dear
THE ANOEL OV TOBIAS. '
J To was his guide on his journey, de
livered him from the jaws of a horrid
monster, and returning with him to
his father's house, said to the old To
bias: "When, in the bitterness of your
sorrow, you were pouring out your
heart and your tears in the sight of the
Lord, when you were buryiny the dead,
and when tried and proved by the hand
of the Most High, you did not cease
praising and blessing His holy name:
I saw you although you did not see me.
I have gathered up all the tears that
ran down your cheeks; I have counted
all your alms deeds, your mortifications,
your prayers, and presented them to
Is not this good 'Angel Raphael in
deed the Angel of Purgatory? Does
not his very language seem to tell us
so? The following incident in the life
of St. Frances of Rome will corroborate
our statement: St. Frances was led in
spirit by the Archangel Raphael into
Purgatory, in order there to consider
the diversity of the torments which the
souls suffered, according to their cul
pability, and the nature of the faults
they were to expiate. The Saint here
saw him, in company with guardian
angels, go fourth from this place of
sufferings towards heaven where he
offered to the Lord the sacrifices, pray
ers, and good works, which the relatives
and friends of these poor souls per
formed on earth for their consolation
and relief. But if St. Raphael is espe
cially charged with- the deliverance of
the souls in Purgatory, it can be said
of him, to every freed soul, what young
Tobias said to his father: "He has
made you see the light of heaven."
THE ANflKL OK THE TIIKEE YOUNG MEN
IN THE FURNACE.
This angel kept from them the flames
that encompassed them, changing the
excessive heat into a sweet, refreshing
breeze. The same does the Angel of
THE SHEPHERD'S ANfiEL.
Should he not descend to the abyss
of expiation to say to the waiting souls
who sigh for the coming of the Messias:
"Behold, I come to announce to you
tidings of great joy: A Savior is born
to you. It is He, who alone can and
will open heaven to you!"
ST. I'ETElt S ANCJEL.
In a lliko manner the Angel of Pur
gatory breaks the chains and fetters