On the evening of 1st November 1876, August Buguet, a local bell-ringer, the brother of a young priest, was crushed to death by a falling bell. Soon afterwards, the priest’s two young nieces, aged just 12 and 16, also tragically died. In his prayers and in his meditations, Fr Buguet was disturbed by these deaths, and knew that God was calling him to do something about it. He was worried, not only for his own dearly beloved who have died, but also for those who had no one to pray for them. He said “One consequence that can be drawn from my meditations, is the necessity to relieve the souls in Purgatory. I have delayed too long in organising the Work that I had planned. I must work to deliver these souls.”
He was posted to La Chapelle-Montligeon and founded an association for the souls in purgatory, for whom no one else prays. The parish was very poor, with little work, “I was trying to reconcile a double goal: to have people pray for neglected souls, and, at the same time, to obtain through these souls the means by which the worker could make a decent living.” As well as finding other work for the people of his parish, he set them to building a great basilica to Our Lady - a basilica dedicated to the relief of the souls in purgatory.
By the time of his death in 1918, the Basilica of Our Lady of Montligeon was well known as a place to intercede for the dead, and received countless thousands of pilgrims.
Of course we do not need our own purgatorial book. It is a holy and right thing to pray for the dead, and the greatest prayer we have is the Holy Mass. If you want Mass offered for anyone the just ask your priest.
Our Lady, when she appears to or inspires us in different places and in different times always points to her Son, and always with a Mother’s love. With what love our Heavenly Mother seeks to comfort us in our distress and sooth our troubled hearts.
Our Lady of Montligeon, pray for the souls in purgatory
Our Lady St Mary of Glastonbury, pray for us.