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Purgatory is Real and Those Poor Souls Need Prayers

The Church teaches that those unfortunate souls who do not go straight to Heaven, but are fortunate enough to avoid the fires of Hell, are in Purgatory. In Purgatory, they will suffer for their past transgressions until their souls have been purified, perfected, and made worthy to enter into Heaven. For some souls, Purgatory is a pit-stop, for others a temporary home.

Purgatory

While in Purgatory, souls rely on the prayers of the faithful here on Earth to help guide them along in their purification. Without these prayers, they become stuck.

Eventually what will happen is a soul who is in Purgatory will have no living relatives on Earth who remember them due to decades passing by and generational gaps. They become forgotten and are left in the torments of Purgatory, waiting…

Because we are able to pray for the repose of their souls, we should pray for them as often as we can. In addition to praying for those souls by name, we should include all deceased relatives in our blood line in our prayers. You can be certain your deceased relatives are prayed for, even the ones who you have never met.

Many of us are far from perfect and by the grace of God will depend on Purgatory. Ending up in Purgatory is why we must stand vigilant in our prayer and stay strong in the face of temptation. Only one mortal sin is enough to send us to Hell.

Attend confession as often as needed. Confess your sins, both mortal and venial in type and number regularly. Make frequent confession a habit.

Make prayer a daily habit. Pray the rosary daily and invest yourself in the Brown Scapular. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel mentions she will assist you and guide you out of Purgatory if you are devoted to her Brown Scapular.

Our Lady of Carmel Saving Souls From Purgatory

Remember, our time on Earth is short. Pray for souls in Purgatory and teach your children to do the same. If you are fortunate enough to end up in Purgatory, you will need all the prayers you can get. Unlike the souls in Hell, the hope you will have is Heaven is on the other side.

Jeff August 23, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Frequent Confession

I have written time and time again about going to confession often and as needed. The Church teaches that all Catholics are required to go to confession once a year as a minimum. This is only for those few souls that don’t commit any mortal sins throughout the year, how blessed are they! The Church teaches though that if you do commit mortal sins, you need to go to confession as soon as possible, and are unable to receive Holy Communion, until you have confessed said sins.

Perpetual Confession Chapels

How often should we go to confession?

I would say that since we aren’t perfect, at a minimum, we should go once a month. I also would say that if you have mortal sin on your soul, go immediately. Make a sincere act of contrition, and sin no more. Confession gives us the ability to grow in holiness, so the more often you go, the better.

If we really understood the gravity of our sins, we would want to go daily and we would confess all of our venial sins as well. It is not required to confess venial sins, but, it is a good and pious practice to do so. The graces will come forth and even venial sins will become avoidable.

We are all called to make it to Heaven, but when we are unrepentant of our sins, we can not go, but eternal damnation will await us. Confess as often as you need to.

O my God, I am heartily sorry for
having offended you, and I detest
all my sins, because of Your just
punishments, but most of all because
they offend You, my God, who are
all-good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of
Your grace, to sin no more and to
avoid the near occasion of sin.

Jeff November 20, 2013 3 Comments Permalink

A Reminder of Our Mortality

I was reminded of my mortality the other day, in a way that hit a little too close to home.

Unfortunately, it is that time of the year and I came down sick and I was feeling mighty groggy. Whoopie! So, I began driving into work like I normally do. For the most part, my drive is fairly simple, I take back country roads for about 90% of my drive. I don’t have to worry about traffic.

There is one left turn that is no fun. It is crossing from one major country road to another, and you have to be careful time wise because cars are zooming past at about 60 miles per hour. When I stopped I looked left and saw 2 cars that would be making a right where I currently was. I looked right and saw that the car approaching was also going to make a left at where I was. Obviously, the cars making a right were of no worry to me, and the car making a left was far enough away that I could go. Before I started to accelerate, I heard something deep down that said “there’s another car”. I started to go regardless, and as I began to pull out, looking to the left, there was a 3rd car in between the two cars making a right. I didn’t even see it.

Needless to say, I stopped, and backed up.

Why am I sharing this with you? Because, I realized at that moment that I could have been hit, on the driver’s side at about 60 miles per hour. I could have died. Granted, I didn’t. But, we do not know when God is going to call us forth from this life into the next. Is your soul prepared? I honestly don’t think I would have been ready, but of course, it doesn’t matter if we are ready or not, because when God finally takes us from this Earth, we will be judged based on what is on our souls at that minute. If you’re in mortal sin, you won’t be having a good time, as unconfessed mortal sin can and more than likely will lead to Hell. This isn’t my rule, this is Christ’s rule.

Four Last Things

The Four Last Things

Go to confession, and lead a faithful life, to Christ and His Church.

Jeff October 18, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

Let’s Stop Assuming Everyone Makes It To Heaven

I’m sure a lot of you hope when you pass away from this world and into the next, you make it to Heaven. Sure, you may need to make a pit stop in Purgatory for awhile or just a short time, but ultimately, your goal is Heaven.

Our Heavenly Home

Now, one thing I’ve noticed many people do, regardless of their religious affiliation or even if they happen to be Catholic or not is the attitude “well, I know that (insert person here) lived a good life here on Earth and was a good person, and I just know that they are up there in Heaven right now.”

At the request of all the poor souls who are currently stuck in Purgatory, waiting for your prayers, please stop this attitude.

There is no purpose in saying so-and-so is up in Heaven or not. Why you ask? Because, we are called as Catholics and as all people to pray for the dead. Really, if everyone is in Heaven, there is no purpose to pray for the dead (you wouldn’t ask God to help speed up St. Joseph’s Purgatory time because we know he’s already in Heaven, this would be fruitless prayer). But Aunt Mabel’s time in Purgatory may be sped up if you prayed for her.

When we die, we end up in one of three places. Heaven, Hell or Purgatory. If we have lived a really good life and have died in the state of grace and have none of the effects of sin on our soul, we will go to Heaven. If we have chosen we do not want to spend eternity with God through our actions on Earth or even our attitudes at judgment, we will end up in Hell. Purgatory is different as if we have lived a good life, but haven’t truly atoned for our past sins, we will spend some time in Purgatory.

Purgatory is a cleansing station. We are purified of our past faults and transgressions so we may be clean, as nothing unclean can enter Heaven. Heaven is pure and if we are not pure than we can not enter. Similarly, gold in its natural form has many impurities. In order to remove these impurities, it must be heated up to high temperatures so the impurities can be removed. After this process, the gold is much more valuable and becomes pure. This is what Purgatory is like.

We are all sinners and thus we are unable to determine who is and who is not in Heaven or Hell. Ironically, the people who just know Aunt Mabel is in Heaven (whether she is or isn’t we don’t know, but the assumption is where the problem lies) generally assume all the people they get along with are in Heaven and the people they don’t like will go to Hell (you know, bad people like Hitler, Chavez, insert your favorite maniacal dictator here). This goes hand in hand with what Jesus says in regard to “Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged“. You are not able to judge who does or does not go to Hell. You are also not able to judge who does or does not go to Heaven (seeing as this is just the inverse of the above statement, it makes sense and still holds true). You can say based on the life somebody lived it is likely they are either in Heaven or Hell, but the safest assumption to make for anybody is they are in Purgatory.

The Church will never condemn anyone to Hell as is not her duty, but only God’s. The Church can, through her Magisterium and through the keys of Peter passed on to the Pope can say who is in Heaven based on criteria the Church has established (this can be a post later on).

Ultimately, we need to pray for those who have departed from us in this life. Offer Masses, Rosaries, prayers, sacrifices and whatever else you can think of for them. In fact, if you want to, you can pray for all the souls in Purgatory.

Jeff August 1, 2013 1 Comment Permalink

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