Thursday, August 31, 2006

Who goes to Purgatory?

Unfortunately, we will not have Adoration this Friday (9/1) because of a previously schedule event in the Church. Adoration will resume next Friday, 7 pm.
Here are final notes from the talk that I give on Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. Many thanks to Rev. Thomas Morrow and his booklet, "Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory"

Purgatory (cont.)

c. How long does it last?

see Mt 25:34-41 : general judgement will only have 2 states, Heaven and Hell, so Purgatory will not continue after the general judgement

Council of Trent (1551): Purgatory is a state of purification which frees one from what is called the “temporal punishment” of sin (Hell is eternal punishment)

- so, we understand Purgatory to be temporal, “in time”; while it may not be in 24-hour days as on Earth, we do associate a soul’s stay in Purgatory with a number of days

- the amount of “time” a soul stays in Purgatory is based on the amount of purification needed

- we stay in Purgatory until we “love as God loves” (Msgr. Hill, SSM pastor)

- we can do works (of mercy, penance, prayer, almsgiving, gain indulgences, etc.) on Earth to remove days from our temporal punishment in Purgatory for ourselves or for others; but, once in Purgatory we can’t lessen our own punishment

d. Who goes there?

Scripture (see notes from Tuesday's post)

Catechism (CCC) - “all who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified; (they) are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of Heaven” (# 1030).

Council of Florence (1439): “souls who die with true repentance and in God’s love before having rendered satisfaction for their sins of omission and commission by the worthy fruits of penance”

- what about the person who dies just after having gone to Confession and completed the penance? He / she would go to Purgatory to satisfy the temporal punishment due to his / her sins (kind of like a criminal who still has to serve his prison sentence, for the sake of justice, even if he is truly sorry for the crime he has committed)

- serious reparation is needed for serious sins, especially

- can repair those sins in this life through a penitential life (like the saints), acts of faith, hope, and love, corporal and spiritual works of mercy, etc.

- Mt 19:21 – “If you wish to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven; then, come follow me

- Mt 5:48 - “ Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect


At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I have a friend who really wanted to be a priest but because he was the only son of the family there was a lot of pressure for him to get married which he did to make his parents happy. Isn't that sad? How can I help others who want to become part of the religious and their families are so against it?

At 6:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above should have been under vocations.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Searching For Holiness said...

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At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Responding to Fr. Greg's comments about purgatory, it makes me ask: What is the point of confession then? Even if you undergo the sacrament of confession and perform the penance imposed, you are still bound for purgatory for the sins you confessed?

At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess it would depend on what your sins were in the first place. Jesus is the final judge and I don't see Him making a big deal about something small.

At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I die, I hope that it is right after reconciliation. Purgatory sounds like a real drag.

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you lead a good and honest life then what is there to worry about?

At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey SFH,

A cool song to listen to when you are down is "I Will Survive" by Donna Summers.

At 10:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Father Greg, please explain about indulgence. I heard about it, but I don't believe in it. Thanks.

At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe in indulgences either.


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