That’s a big one. Many Protestants (Most? All?) do not believe in Purgatory, largely because the word is not present in the Bible. “If Jesus didn’t say it, I don’t believe it,” is the reasoning behind the disdain for much of Catholic teaching.
We would do well to remember that “nothing unclean shall enter the kingdom of Heaven.” Rev 21:27 How many of us are pristine when we die? If I were to die right now, I wouldn’t be completely clean. I need some sprucing up.
If I go directly to Heaven, I don’t need cleaning. If I go to Hell, that becomes my permanent residence and no amount of cleaning is going to get me out. What’s left?
Did Jesus really not say anything about Purgatory? Not at all. While He never said the word “Purgatory”, He certainly described it…
There are two Bible passages where Jesus taught the reality of purgatory: Matthew 5:25-26 and Matthew 12:32.
The suffering we go through may seem meaningless, but it’s not. Or, rather, it doesn’t have to be. By joining our suffering with that of Jesus, we become partners with Him in the salvific act.
We read in Colossians 1:24: “Now I [Paul] rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.”
That’s not to say that Jesus missed a spot. He didn’t. But it DOES tell us that, when we join our suffering with His (offer it up), we can benefit others in the Body of Christ (The Church). We can even offer it in penance for our own sins.
1 Pet. 2:19-21 “Whenever anyone bears the pain of unjust suffering because of consciousness of God, that is a grace. . . Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps”.
We are to follow His example and join our suffering with His. We are to take up our cross daily: Matt. 10:38 “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me”.
Again, we are to follow His example.
But unless we embrace that suffering and pain and join it with the suffering sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, it is simply suffering for suffering’s sake. Worthless.
“There is a hospital that I have occasion to drive by quite often, and whenever I do, I feel a great sadness because within those walls there is so much wasted suffering.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Join your suffering to that of Jesus. Don’t waste it. Give it a purpose. Make your own suffering count for something other than just to give you a reason to feel sorry for yourself, or others to feel sorry for you.
Make your suffering count. Make it mean something.
Give your suffering a purpose.
Many Americans, and probably non-Americans around the world, arose this morning expecting to wake up to the news that Hilary Clinton has been elected to be the first woman President of the United States. It was a forgone conclusion – preordained by the irresistible onslaught of the culture of death, made attractive by the likelihood of a female running the White House.
Instead, they woke up, turned on the news and descended into the valley of shock – some in despair, some in anger, some in relief. For some, just plain numbness had set in.
This wasn’t supposed to happen. The forces of culture were in command and the tidal wave of anti-Catholic/Christian rage was carrying the the fleet of destruction to it’s “final” victory over the forces of life and religious liberty in the united States of America. The final nail in the coffin of ancient superstition, slavery of guilt and rule by old men over the lives of women victims around the world would finally be driven, guaranteeing that the moral free-for-all that has become the hallmark of post Christian culture will be safeguarded forever.
Here’s part of what was about to become of America…
Refer to Clinton’s speech at the Women of the World summit:
Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.
This quote is taken from a Snopes article stating that she said it, but it was taken out of context.
Gone are all references to education, domestic violence, and the mortality rate of women in childbirth — not to mention the international scope of the subject matter — so what remains could be misrepresented as a direct threat to pro-life Christians in America. That was clearly not the original import of the passage.
I’m sorry, you can put all of the context you want in there, but the statement that “religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” seems pretty clear. It translates to “Catholic Church, you will change your teaching to align with what we say is right. Or else…”
Combine that with the emails from her staff stating that infiltration of the Catholic Church with the intention of changing Catholic teaching. Here’s a sample:
Together with the attempts to force Catholic institutions (as well as other organizations and people) that have moral objections to providing access to services which go against their consciences and beliefs, and this adds up to a direct attack on religious liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.
And there is the question of constitutional rights for the unborn and when the killing of that child should be made illegal:
And, of course, there is the demand that the tax payer pay for abortions by revoking the Hyde Amendment. And the proudest moment of Planned Parenthood CEO, Cecile Richard, being the forcing of Christians to pay for abortion…
All of these things, and more, were intended to come into full force against the Church, as well as other Christian assemblies and even non-religious entities which object to attack on these moral principles.
(And don’t fall for the lie that Abortions make up only 3% of the “services” Planned Parenthood. Click here for an explanation of how they come up with that figure.
These attacks were about to be guaranteed to persist with the new Clinton administration, with the intention of forcing compliance or removing the targets from the scene altogether.
She promised them.
And it all came to a jarring halt a little after 3:00 AM Wednesday, November 9, 2016.
I think it can be explained in four words:
The same tactic was applied here in the United States over the past several weeks, indeed over the past many months. And during the past week, or so, applied continuously thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, even millions of times. And not just in the US, around the world.
Our weapon of choice. With a fifty round clip. And we know how to use it.
And it worked again.
“We are living in a time when an entire class of people (Party B) are summarily denied the opportunity for justice so that others can be “free” from their obligations (Party A). One way to view slavery is that the slave has no legal means to stop the slave-owner from doing certain things. That pattern is playing out today under the guise of sexual and reproductive “liberty.” This is more evidence those ideas are regressive. Some people get to be “free” while others, who are directly impacted by that “freedom,” are denied justice as a matter of course.”
I was thinking more about how abortion and no-fault divorce are similar. Here’s a chart I made that shows it more clearly. I included another category: anonymous gamete donation.
How the State “frees” some at the expense of others
So you can see the pattern. In each case, the State is siding with one person (Party A) while simultaneously providing no legal defense for the other person (Party B). It is obviously unjust for the State to provide Party A with absolute control, and to deny Party B any legal means to stop the action.
Why is this happening? It’s because of how we view freedom. We believe that freedom includes being free from familial obligations. That is bad enough on its own and in fact, stating it that plainly makes it seem pathological. But what is even worse is that we believe that the State has an obligation…
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Sorry, I’m about to let off some steam. I had an exchange with someone close to me regarding abortion and the conscience of Catholic voters.
What is this person saying?
MY biggest concern about the anti abortion cause is that a child’s life doesn’t end at birth, it begins. Where is the movement when children become homeless? What about ensuring clean air, water, and soil for the child to have surrounding him/her? Food, clothing, shelter, medical, dental and, more than likely needed, mental health care? These are issues LEFT off the table with many “pro-life” politicians. They’ll only say words but provide no evidence of really having a belief in the child.
Oh, and what about the child’s mother? Oh, let’s punish her for being so stupid as to be raped or condemn her for falling for the wrong guy.
1 – A child’s life doesn’t begin at birth. It begins at conception. All of science confirms this. And it’s not the candidate, it’s the platform. I am not voting for a person, I’m voting for LIFE. Any vote against that cause is a vote for the murder of a helpless person (millions of them, actually – about 60 million of them in the US over the last 50 + years alone!). And that vote carries with it the responsibility for that person’s death.
There is no way to explain our support of murder to Jesus when we stand before him in judgement. He won’t accept any excuses – we killed those babies. Period.
2 – All of the things you mention above will not matter to God. We have no way to know how any child born under any circumstances will turn out. God does. There are untold numbers of people who were born under the circumstances you name above, and have become great. We have no way to tell who the next great one will be. To quote St. Mother Teresa when she was asked by Hillary Clinton, “Why do you think we have never had a woman president?”, “You probably aborted her.” And we killed them with our votes just as surely as someone else killed them with their hands. We are culpable. We played a part. We tore apart limb for limb. With our votes.
Homeless? There are thousands of organizations to assist those people. Clean air/water and soil? What does it matter if your dead? While those things are important, they do not trump LIFE. You don’t clean up the environment by murdering defenseless people.
And what about the thousands of couples who cannot have a child who wish to adopt? There are not enough babies to go around. And, by the way, why does it cost $40,000.00 to adopt a child and only $400.00 to about one?
And, as an aside, we need to remember that Jesus said that the poor would always be with us. There’s a reason for that – it gives us a chance to do God’s work, show God’s love. Be his hands voice, feet:
We. Us. You. Me. Ourselves. We need to be involved ourselves. Don’t leave it for someone else to do.
3 – What about the child’s mother? Now we are down to the real issue. The convenience of the mother. There are lots of support agencies for her. Pregnancy centers, etc..
The real issue, here, is why punish the child for the mistakes of the mother? Why punish the child for the violence of the father? The child didn’t do anything to put himself there – the parents did.
OK. End of rant.
I have wondered if a person’s hell will be going through whatever it was that put them there in the first place. For ETERNITY.
If so, what will those who commit, or in any way support abortion (by direct action or by vote) spend eternity experiencing?
Not a pleasant thought…
When one lives unrepentantly in sin, they loose the ability to recognize evil as being evil.
Pray for them…