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Index
Act of Contrition
Acts of Faith, Hope & Charity, & Votive Prayer for Charity
Angelus & Regina Caeli
Confiteor

Divine Praises

Grace Before & After Meals
Litany of Humility

Litany of St Joseph

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus
Litany of the Most Precious Blood
Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Litany of the Saints
Morning & Evening Prayers

Novena Prayer to St Philomena

Prayer for the Conversion of Australia
Prayers & Litany to Holy Michael the Archangel

Prayers & Litany to Our Guardian Angel

Prayers & Litany to St Joseph
Prayers & Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Prayers & Litany to
the Holy Ghost &
Veni Creator
Prayers & Novena for the Souls in Purgatory
Prayers & Novena to St Martin De Porres
Prayers & Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, & Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Prayers Before & After Confession
Prayers Before Mass, Prayers Before Holy Communion, Prayers After Holy Communion & Thanksgiving After Mass

Prayers for Priests & Vocations

Prayers, Novena & Litany to St Anne
Prayers, Novenas & Litany to St Jude Thaddeus
The Prayers & Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
Various Prayers
Votive Prayers for Rain, Fine Weather & to Avert Storms
Audio Files - SSPX
Video Files - SSPX
Thoughts for the Week
 
 

 

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk 
3rd November 2013

Purgatory - by Paul Whitcomb
 Taken from The Catholic Church Has the Answer

The primitive Church Fathers regarded the doctrine of Purgatory as one of the basic tenets of the Christian faith.  True, the word "Purgatory" does not appear in the Bible, but a place where lesser sins are purged away and the soul is saved "yet so as by fire," is mentioned (1 Cor. 3:15).  Also, the Bible distinguishes between those who enter Heaven straightaway, calling them "the church of the firstborn" (Heb. 12:23), and those who enter after having undergone a purgation, calling them "the spirits of the just made perfect."  (Heb. 12:23).  Christ Himself stated:  "Amen I say to thee, thou shalt not go out from thence till thou repay the last farthing."  (Matt. 5 :26).  And:  "Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment." (Matt. 12:36).  These are obviously references to Purgatory.  Further, the Second Book of Machabees (which was dropped from the Scriptures by the Protestant Reformers) says:  "It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins." (2 Mach. 12:46).  Ancient Christian tomb inscriptions from the second and third centuries frequently contain an appeal for prayers for the dead.  In fact, the custom of praying for the dead - which is meaningless if there is no Purgatory - was universal among Christians for the fifteen centuries preceding the Protestant Reformation.

Furthermore, ordinary justice calls for a place of purgation between Heaven and Hell.  Take our own courts of justice, for example.  For major crimes a person is executed or sentenced to life imprisonment (Hell); for minor crimes a person is sentenced to temporary imprisonment for punishment and rehabilitation (Purgatory); for no crime at all a person is rewarded with the blessing of free citizenship (Heaven).  If a thief steals some money, then regrets his deed and asks the victim for forgiveness, it is quite just for the victim to forgive him yet still insist on restitution.  God, who is infinitely just, insists on holy restitution.  This is made either in this life, by doing penance (Matt. 3:2; Luke 3:8, 13:3; Apoc. 3:2-3, 19), or in Purgatory.

Also, what Christian is there who, despite his faith in Christ and his sincere attempts to be Christlike, does not find sin and worldliness still in his heart?  "For in many things we all offend."  (James 3:2).  Yet "there shall not enter into it [the new Jerusalem, Heaven] anything defiled."  (Apoc. or Rev. 21:27).  

 "If only you knew with what great longing these holy souls yearn for relief from their suffering. Ingratitude has never entered Heaven." - St. Margaret Mary