Limbo, Purgatory, Heaven, and Hell.

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Claire
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Limbo, Purgatory, Heaven, and Hell.

Post by Claire » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:12 pm

You won't find the word "Purgatory" in the Bible, but there's this for example:

"And making a gathering, he sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection, (For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead,) And because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them. It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins". (2 Maccabees 12:43-46)

Such a practice presupposes a place such as "Purgatory", since those in Heaven wouldn’t need help, and those in Hell are beyond it.

Purgatory is a temporary dwelling place for lightly guilty souls, who already Heaven bound, died in a state of needing to reach perfected charity. And, when people on Earth pray for the souls in Purgatory, it helps to decrease the amount of expiation needed for them to reach that point, and once they have they're ready to move on to Heaven. One's act of charity by praying for others helps to decrease their own time in Purgatory if they go there too.

After Adam and Eve's fall from Grace, Heaven was closed off to humans. Because of this, from then up until Jesus's resurrection, the blessed, just souls who died, not having needed to go to Purgatory or Hell, went to a place called "Limbo", awaiting the coming of Jesus to re-open Heaven. After His resurrection and ascension, He opened the gates of Heaven, taking with Him all the blessed, just souls who'd been awaiting Him in Limbo, including any souls who were ready to leave Purgatory. Since Jesus's resurrection, the blessed, just souls who died don't need to go to Limbo to wait anymore, rather straight to Heaven, and the lightly guilty souls first visit Purgatory before Heaven.

The mortally guilty souls, or damned souls, go to Hell.
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Re: Limbo, Purgatory, Heaven, and Hell.

Post by Claire » Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:59 am

Maria Simma was a woman who also became knowledgeable about Purgatory by God's grace. What exactly is Purgatory? She gave an image of her own:
Suppose that one day a door opens, and a splendid being appears, extremely beautiful, of a beauty that has never been seen on Earth. You are fascinated, overwhelmed by this being of light and beauty, even more so that this being shows that he is madly in love with you -- you have never dreamed of being loved so much. You sense too that he has a great desire to draw you to him, to be one with you. And, the fire of love which burns in your heart impels you to throw yourself into his arms. But wait -- you realize at this moment you haven't washed for months and months, that you smell bad, your nose is running, your hair is greasy and matted, there are big dirty stains on your clothes, etc. So, you say to yourself, "No, I just can't present myself in this state. First, I must go and wash: a good shower, then straight away I'll come back.

But, the love which has been born in your heart is so intense, so burning, so strong, that this delay for the shower is absolutely unbearable. And, the pain of the absence, even if it lasts only a couple of minutes, is an atrocious wound in the heart, proportional to the intensity of the revelation of love -- it's a "love wound".

Purgatory is exactly this. It's a delay imposed by our impurity, a delay before God's embrace, a wound of love which causes intense suffering, a waiting, if you like, a nostalgia of love. It's precisely this burning, this longing which cleanses us of whatever is still impure in us. Purgatory is a place of desire, a made desire for love, desire for this God we already know, for we have seen him, but with whom we've not yet united.
When asked why one goes to Purgatory, and what sins most lead to Purgatory, she said:
Sins against charity, against the love of one's neighbor, hardness of heart, hostility, slandering, calumny -- all these things. Saying wicked things and calumny are among the worst blemishes which require a long purification.
You can read more about Purgatory from her: http://www.jesusmariasite.org/maria-sim ... purgatory/

There's also the words of Saint Catherine of Genoa on Purgatory: http://www.catholictreasury.info/books/ ... purgatory/

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