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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Nov.10 The Duration of Purgatory

Concerning the duration of Purgatory, the Church simply tells us it is not a place of eternal pain, but will end at last judgement; neither are we informed of the length of time required for the purification of a soul. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, the soul, to be reunited to
her Creator in Heaven, must be in the state of primitive innocence which adorned her when she proceeded from His hand. The image of God must be entirely restored within her, commensurate to the degree of glory awaiting her in Heaven.
From this it is evident that the suffering souls cannot enter Heaven until perfectly cleansed, either by their pains or by the suffrages of the faithful. With the royal Prophet they cry out in plaintive voice: "As the hart panteth after the fountains of water, so my soul panteth after Thee, O God! When shall I come and appear before the face of God?" (Ps. xli 2-3)
They suffer until entirely purified, until the last farthing of their debt is discharged. Increased and intensified pain will probably supply the want of time for the souls who shall not have rendered full satisfaction by the last day of universal judgement.
Prayer: O God, the dispenser of pardon, and Friend of human salvation, we implore Thee, by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all Thy saints, grant to the souls of our brethren, relatives, benefactors, and all the faithful departed, the joys of eternal bliss.
Special Intercession: Pray for the souls of those who are most desirous of obtaining help from you.
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them; may they rest in peace. Amen. (Three times)
Practice: Mortify your curiosity.
Invocation: My Jesus, mercy!

2 comments:

paramedicgirl said...

This is such a nice little book! where did you get it?

Shirley said...

The Purgatorian Manual is available from St. Francis Books. There is a link on the right side column under Catholic Shopping. I haven't seen it on their website but it's in their print catalogue.If anyone wants to purchase it, the ph.# is 705-432-8420