Living in the Two Hearts

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Be Imitators of Christ… purgatory concludes

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 6, 2009

Thus far we have talked about: What Purgatory is – a state of purification before entrance into heaven; what it means to Be Purified – cleansed of all our sins, dressed in the ‘robe of righteousness’ for the wedding feast; and how Our Prayers are powerful! – so are the prayers for us from those in the state of purification. Today I will address how those of us on earth can also be in a state of purification by becoming Imitators of Christ and asking Him to purify us before we make our final journey towards heaven.

Oh Holy Souls in Purgatory, pray for us!

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If someone decides to ask for their purification time to be while they are on earth, does that mean they’ll contract cancer or some other horribly painful disease?

ANSWER: No…unless that is the only way to purify you from your sins.  But the soul who asks for purification on earth will be given the strength to endure because their desire for purification and holiness is so great.

There are those exceptional souls, who, desiring entrance to the heavenly home at the very hour of their death, have asked for the Mercy of God to be showered upon them while they are serving His people on earth in their various vocations.  For these blessed souls, their purification can come in many different formats.

Some may receive extra burdens in their lives; others receive and bear great crosses (trials) with patience and fortitude keeping their eyes on Christ.  Still others experience isolation and persecution in the name of Jesus Christ:

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you… they persecuted Me, they will persecute you;…” ~ Jn 15:18, 20b

Blessed are those saintly souls, for the merits and the graces they have received by their efforts will always be than they require for purification – thus enabling them to share the wealth with their fellow pilgrims:

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! ~ Mt 7:11

They suffer for Love, they endure for Love, in short they willing submit all things for the Love of Christ. That is all anyone needs to do to have their purification take place while on earth.

Simple, but NOT easy.

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. ~ Mt 5: 43-48

Or in other words, be Imitators of Christ in every respect

Purification is a gift of God, a divine act of Mercy and Compassion.  Without it, we would be left in utter darkness, separated by our own choices and the sins that resulted, throwing away the gift of Salvation that the Son of God, Jesus, bled and died for. God’s Son did not die in vain.  Even if many turn away from the Truth during their lifetime, God is ready to forgive at the hour of death, should that soul cry out for Mercy.  He gives all a second chance, an opportunity to be purified so that we may come into His presence, FOREVER.

The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come. (CCC§1031)

Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. ~ Mt 12:31

The Commandments take on their full meaning within the covenant. According to Scripture, man’s moral life has all its meaning in and through the covenant. The first of the “ten words” recalls that God loved His people first:

Since there was a passing from the paradise of freedom to the slavery of this world, in punishment for sin, the first phrase of the Decalogue, the first word of God’s commandments, bears on freedom: “I am the LORD your God, who, brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” (CCC§2061)

The last enemy to be destroyed is death. “For God has put all things in subjection under His feet.” But when it says, “All things are put in subjection under Him,” it is plain that He is expected who put all things under Him. ~1 Cor 15: 26-27

Come to the font of His Mercy and be transformed!  He is waiting just for YOU.  Come and receive your rest!  His yoke is easy, His burdens are light… He takes all things that bring us down upon Himself so that we may be lifted up into the LIGHT of His Glory!  COME!

Previous Posts:

Purgatory: Introduction
Continuing on Purgatory
Prayers and Purification

Suggested Further Reading:

The Hour of Temptation

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