DAILY HOMILY FROM OUR LADY OF GRACE HERMITAGE Glen Allen, VA
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Nov 2 - All Souls Day
+ Pope Benedict XVI tells us: “I would go so far as to say that if there was no purgatory, then, we would have to invent it, for who would dare say of himself that he was able to stand directly before God. [and I add: “as is” at time of death!]
And yet we don’t want to be, to use an image from Scripture, ‘a pot that turned out wrong,’ that has to be thrown away; we want to be able to be “put right.” [or as I could say: “pot right”!]
Purgatory basically means that God can put the pieces back together again. That he can cleanse us in such a way that we are able to be with him and can stand there in the fullness of life.
Purgatory strips off from one person what is unbearable and from another the inability to bear certain things, so that in each of them a pure heart is revealed, and we can see that we all belong together in one enormous symphony of being.”
I, to complement this message from Pope Benedict, have this to add: purgatory is an instantaneous process of becoming fully configured to the Christ of our Baptism, our Confirmation, our Eucharist – so that the deceased enters now fully into the communion of saints in heaven because he is so configured to Christ that the Father sees both Christ and the Person – this is what purgatory is the completion of a transformative process that actually is meant to take place our entire lives.
If we cooperate in our transformation through suffering in our lifetime – then our purgatorial process will be brief, if necessary at all.
Another point is that those in the purgatorial state – they cannot pray for themselves any longer – but we can pray for the completion of the process in them – and it counts very much.
How many souls will be released into heaven from purgatory by this very mass? It’s up to us, and our intention to free them! So let’s “free away!”
“Come, blest of my Father, enter into the joys of the Kingdom prepared for you!”
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