Are suicides necessarily condemned?

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    The common belief among Catholics is that persons who commit suicide are automatically condemned to hell, citing this as reason why the Church would not allow the same funeral rites over their remains.

    I know of at least three acquaintances who had committed suicide. They had lived lives which I could not classify as given to evil. Why, I even had the impression they were the most benign types, especially compared to politicians. Were they condemned? Are they now in hell to stay there forever?

    Mystic Maria Simma, seer of ghosts in her lifetime, provides us interesting insights into this, as revealed in her interview by Sister Emmanuel Maillard.

    So we continue it the series on Maria (A), as interviewed by the nun (Q):

    Q: What happens to people who have committed suicide? Have you ever been visited by these people?

    A: 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 calumny.

    Q: At this moment, I asked Maria if the souls regretted having committed suicide.

    A: 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.

    Q: Maria, have you been visited by souls who "self-destructed," by drugs, overdosing, for example?

    A: Yes, they are not lost. It all depends on the cause of their drug-taking; but they must suffer in Purgatory.

    Q: If I tell you, for example, that I suffer too much in my body, in my heart, that it’s too hard for me and I wish to die, what can I do?

    A: Yes, this is very frequent. I would say: "My God, I can offer this suffering to save souls"; this gives renewed faith and courage. But no one says this any more nowadays. We can also say that in doing this, the soul gains a great beatitude, a great happiness for Heaven. In Heaven, there are thousands of different types of happiness, but each one is a complete happiness; all desire are fulfilled. Each one know he has deserved no more.

    Q: Maria, I’d like to ask you: have people from other religions — for example, Jews — come to visit you?

    A: Yes, they are happy. Anyone who lives his faith well is happy. But it is through the Catholic faith that we gain the most for Heaven.

    Q: Are there religions where are bad for the soul?

    A: No, but there are so many religions on earth! The closest are the Orthodox and Protestants; there are many Protestants who say the rosary; but the sects are very, very evil. Everything must be done to bring people out of them.

    Q: Are there priests in Purgatory?

    A: 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 Heaven!

    Q: What would you say, then, to a priest who really wants to live according to the Heart of God?

    A: I would advise him to pray much to the Holy Spirit — and say his rosary every day.

    Next,  Maria answers the question of whether there are many children in Purgatory.

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