Nestled in a thick grove of trees in an unknown island called Camiguin (Cah-mee-ggin) is our ancestral home built in the late nineteenth century. It’s where my grandparents and their families hid during WWII. It’s also *haunted.
|Cue strange lights in the photograph.|
Someone could document all sorts of encounters with the “other” kind reported in that place (intelligent and sane people all of them) and come out with a book. But for our purposes, I’ll recount two that stand out in my mind. Once, a family friend narrated that a man appeared in her dreams to show her a secret door from the bedroom to the kitchen. The following morning, it was discovered that there indeed existed such a passage, which had been sealed shut. We also learned that the description of the man fit the old house’s long-time deceased caretaker named “Victor.”
|The dining kitchen, renovated, so I don't know where the secret passage is anymore.|
Fr. Doug Lorig, who sees souls in purgatory asking for prayers, explains that some souls are earth bound because they’re tied to a place of grief or sin. In another book on purgatory (and sorry, the title escapes me), its also said that souls from purgatory revisit the place where they have attachments. So I’m guessing, if “Victor” is in purgatory, he could use some prayers to be released. Or perhaps if he’s in heaven, he’s seeking prayers for someone else. I’ll take that as an invitation for me to go on another Cathedral pilgrimage for this dear soul during this year of the faith and obtain for him or his loved ones a plenary indulgence.
|Pictures copyrighted. Courtesy of my sister.|
On that note about souls in purgatory, I’m recalling what my exorcist confessor said: “the fastest way to get your prayers answered is to say rosaries for the souls in purgatory.” May Mr. Victor say a little prayer for me (as I need lots of them) and I hope heaven rolls out the welcome mat for him, if they haven’t already.
* If you don't believe in ghosts, I suggest you read Matthew 14:25-27, when St. Peter thought it was more probable to see a ghost walking on water than the Messiah.
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