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.
“Why do you Catholics worship Mary?”
“We don’t ‘worship’ Mary. We HONOR Mary. And no matter how much we honor Mary, we cannot ever honor her as much as God honored her by making her His mother.”
“That’s ridiculous! Mary is not God’s mother! She was only an incubator for Jesus – a vessel for getting Him to earth. Other than that, she’s just like any other woman who ever lived. She was a sinner. She was just a woman who happened to come along and agree to bear Jesus. She had, nor has, no influence on Jesus whatsoever. She’s dead and cannot hear you anyway. Praying to her is worthless. She was nothing special.”
“Can you do me a favor?”
“What is it?”
“Can you please remind me to not be standing next to you when you explain that to Jesus?“
So what’s the big deal about Mass? If we understood what is going on there, we’d know what the big deal is…
Think about it.
Pray about it.
Immerse your self in it…
PRAYER AGAINST EVERY EVIL
Heavenly Father, I love You, I praise You, and I worship You. I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus Who won victory over sin and death for my salvation. I thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit Who empowers me, guides me, and leads me into fullness of life. I thank you for Mary, my. Heavenly Mother, who intercedes with the holy angels and saints for me.
Lord Jesus Christ, I place myself at the foot of Your cross and ask You to cover me with Your Precious Blood which pours forth from Your Most Sacred Heart and Your Most Holy Wounds. Cleanse me, my Jesus, in the living water that flows from Your Heart. I ask You to surround me, Lord Jesus, with Your Holy Light.
Heavenly Father, let the healing waters of my baptism now flow back through the maternal and paternal generations to purify my family line of satan and sin. I come before You, Father, and ask forgiveness for myself, my relatives, and my ancestors, for any calling upon powers that set themselves up in opposition to You or that do not offer true honor to Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ Holy Name, I now reclaim any territory that was handed over to satan and place it under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
By the power of Your Holy Spirit, reveal to me, Father, any people I need to forgive and any areas of unconfessed sin. Reveal aspects of my life that are not pleasing to You, Father, ways that have given or could give satan a foothold in my life. Father, I give to You any unforgiveness; I give to You my sins; and, I give to You all ways that satan has a hold of my life. Thank You, for Your forgiveness and Your love.
Lord Jesus, in Your Holy Name, I bind all evil spirits of the air, water, ground, underground, and netherworld. I further bind, in Jesus’ Name, any and all emissaries of the satanic headquarters and claim the Precious Blood of Jesus on the air, atmosphere, water, ground and their fruits around us, the underground and the netherworld below.
Heavenly Father, allow Your Son Jesus to come now with the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the holy angels and the saints to protect me from all harm and to keep all evil spirits from taking revenge on me in any way.
Jesus is without sin. As such, He obeys all of the Ten Commandments perfectly.
To obey all of the commandments perfectly, He honors His Father and mother perfectly.
Mary is the Mother of Jesus. Jesus loved and honored Mary perfectly.
He remained obedient to His mother perfectly.
The Body of Christ on Earth is the Church.
The Church is called to love, honor and obey Mary.
What does Mary tell the Church to do? “Do whatever He tells you.”
We are members of the Body of Christ, the Church. Again, the Church is the Body of Christ on earth.
Mary is the Mother of Christ and, therefore, the mother of the Church.
Christ honors his mother perfectly because He obeys the commandments perfectly because He is without sin perfectly.
As members of the Body of Christ, imperfect as we are, should we not strive for perfection in our honor of our mother, Mary?
“Sometimes the Catholic Church is criticized, ‘She honors Mary too much,’ but the Catholic Church will never honor Mary as much as Jesus honored her, as much as God the Father honored her by making her the Mother of His Eternal Son, as much as the Holy Spirit, who was responsible by His power for her conception.” – Cardinal Justin Rigali