Archive for November 1, 2010

Dakong Cross, common place to pray for the souls

Dakong Cross, common place to pray for the souls

 

All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, 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. (Catechism 1030)

 

 

 

 

Here’s a simple illustration of what Catholics believe is Purgatory’s place in the scheme of things.

Basic Understanding of Purgatory
Basic Understanding of Purgatory

Catholics believe that some people go straight to Heaven, which is also what Evangelicals believe. It would be very cool to go straight to Heaven. Let’s pray for each other for that.

The Church believes that Purgatory is a place to clean up the effects of “Venial Sin” (not Mortal Sin which if un-repented, leads to eternal punishment – hell). If we were to put it in Evangelical terms, Purgatory would be where the backslider would get cleaned up before joining the wedding banquet of the Lord – so he wouldn’t be thrown out (Mat 22:12).

For nothing unclean can enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27).
Purgatory does not remove sin itself. Jesus did that on the Cross. Purgatory removes the effects of sin.An imperfect way to look at it is to think of a nail hammered into a piece of wood. My father would pull the nail out of the wood (sin) but there would still be a dent in the wood. Purgatory is the process of straightening out the wood (the effect of sin). Certainly Jesus can and does the clean up. He is a merciful God but he is also a just God.

People who rebelliously refuse to believe that Jesus is Lord and who do not yield to Him don’t go to Purgatory. They go to hell.  Today is the right time to visit the cemetery and offer sincere prayers to your love ones who departed and also to all souls in the purgatory.

Advertisements