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« on: October 02, 2013, 06:37:19 PM »
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  • We are Catholic Christians.  We believe in the existence of Purgatory; where we are purified and formed into the Divine Will of God Almighty and perfected in the virtues.

    You have a choice.  The default option is to continually put off working on these two elements.  So you are basically telling God – “I decide to use my free will to not deal with what I eventually have to do”.  The second option is in all humility, trust, and obedience say “I decide to use my free will to cooperate with God in actively taking part in doing what is necessary to make myself holy and fit for the Kingdom of Heaven”.

    After God dragged me out of the sewer I was existing in and I went to a Priest for confession and returned to the Church after being absent for 40 years, He was trying to convince me of the difficultly of a souls’ existence in Purgatory.  He had me read a book – Purgatory Explained by S.J. Fr. F.X. Schouppe.  After reading several pages, I threw the book across the room, jumped up out of the chair, and began pacing the room, and in a loud voice saying over and over “You gotta be kidding me”.  I was very, very, upset.  I would be several days before God could get me to continue reading the accounts of religious souls in Purgatory; as written and archived in monasteries and convents throughout the world.

    In the interim, God have another “surprise” for me.  I was sitting in the same chair a few days later when suddenly I heard “Charlie, HELP ME, HELP ME”.  I yelled back “OH BRIAN, YOU ARE IN PURGATORY” – “Charlie, HELP ME – HELP ME”.  To say the least, he was in great anguish and physical pain.

    Sure, you can cop out and say to yourself, “who me, become a living Saint – yea right?”  Or you can use your free will and ask Jesus for courage so you can make a valiant effort to start dealing with the spiritual work you need to get done.  It’s much easier to tackle your work now when Jesus will assist you and will let you work at a comfortable pace.

    So maybe you will never become a living Saint, but you can surely make it much easier on yourself by making a courageous free will choice and get down to your spiritual work.  Whatever progress you make during your life ensures a milder and shorter Purgatory for you.  Just like the title says – it’s time to deal with reality.

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    « Reply #1 on: October 04, 2013, 11:20:44 AM »
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  • It's a wonderful thing that you came back to the Catholic faith after 40 years. You're right about Purgatory. It's place we should try to avoid. A traditional priest once said that we should always aim to get to Heaven. If we miss, we may land in Purgatory. But if we aim for Purgatory, and miss, then where will we end up?

    I've not heard of the book, Purgatory Explained, by Fr. FX Schouppe. I'll have to check it out.


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    « Reply #2 on: October 04, 2013, 11:55:51 AM »
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  • That book did more good for me than I can say.
    Sincerely,

    Shin

    'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus.' (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)'-

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    « Reply #3 on: October 06, 2013, 02:51:24 PM »
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  • oppositeman,  great topic.
    The Holy Souls is one of my favorite meditations, thanks to Father Paul O'Sullivan's "How to Avoid Purgatory"
    I'm embarrassed to say I'm not familiar with Purgatory Explained / S.J. Fr. F.X. Schouppe, but I'll get familiar with it ASAP.  Thank you.

    Excerpts from "from How To Avoid Purgatory" :

    1.  In every prayer you say, every Mass you hear, every Communion you receive, every good work you perform, have the express intention of imploring God to grant you a holy and happy death and no Purgatory. Surely God will hear a prayer said with such confidence and perseverance.

    2.  Always wish to do God's will. It is in every sense the best for you. When you do or seek anything that is not God's will, you are sure to suffer. Say fervently, therefore, each time you recite the Our Father: "Thy will be done"

    3.  Accept all the sufferings, sorrows, pains and disappointments of life, be they great or small: ill health, loss of goods, the death of your dear ones, heat or cold, rain or sunshine, as coming from God. Bear them calmly and patiently for love of Him and in penance for your sins. Of course one may use all his efforts to ward off trouble and pain, but when one cannot avoid them let him bear them manfully.  Impatience and revolt make sufferings vastly greater and more difficult to bear.

    4.  Christ's life and actions are so many lessons for us to imitate.
    The greatest act in His life was His Passion. As He had a Passion, so each one of us has a passion. Our passion consists in the sufferings and labors of every day. The penance God imposed on man for sin was to gain his bread in the sweat of his brow. Therefore, let us do our work, accept its disappointments and hardships, and bear our pains in union with the Passion of Christ. We gain more merit by a little pain than by years of pleasure.

    5.  Forgive all injuries and offenses, for in proportion as we forgive others, God forgives us.

    6.  Avoid mortal sins and deliberate venial sins and break off all bad habits. Then it will be relatively easy to satisfy God's justice for sins of frailty. Above all, avoid sins against charity and against chastity, whether in thought, word or deed, for these sins [and the expiation for them] are the reason why many souls are detained in Purgatory for long years.

    7.  If afraid of doing much, do many little things, acts of kindness and charity, give the alms you can, cultivate regularity of life, method in work, and punctuality in the performance of duty; don't grumble or complain when things are not as you please; don't censure and complain of others; never refuse to do a favor to others when it is possible.   These and suchlike little acts are a splendid penance.

    8.  Do all in your power for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Pray for them constantly, get others to do so, join the Association of the Holy Souls and ask all those you know to do likewise. The Holy Souls will repay you most generously.

    9.  There is no way more powerful of obtaining from God a most holy and happy death than by weekly Confession, daily Mass and daily Communion.

    10.  A daily visit to the Blessed Sacrament--it need only be three or four minutes--is an easy way of obtaining the same grace. Kneeling in the presence of Jesus with eyes fixed on the Tabernacle, sure that He is looking at us, let us for a few minutes repeat some little prayer like these: "My Jesus, mercy." "My Jesus, have pity on me, a sinner" "My Jesus, I love You" "My Jesus, give me a happy death"

    Resolution:
    a) Let us give all the alms we can afford;
    b) Let us have said all the Masses in our power;
    c) Let us hear as many more as is possible;
    d) Let us offer all our pains and sufferings for the relief of the Holy Souls.
    We shall thus deliver countless souls from Purgatory, who will repay us ten thousand times over.


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    « Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013, 05:54:49 PM »
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  • Quote from: Meg
    I've not heard of the book, Purgatory Explained, by Fr. FX Schouppe. I'll have to check it out.


    Please get it and read it!  


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    « Reply #5 on: October 09, 2013, 10:08:21 PM »
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  • You our can find an online scanned copy here:

    http://www.CathInfo.com/purgatory-book-imprimatur.pdf

    I read this book years ago, and I cannot think of a better book to read to educate and inspire a Catholic to pray daily for the poor souls.
    The Council of Trent, The Catechism of the Council of Trent, Papal Teaching, The Teaching of the Holy Office, The Teaching of the Church Fathers, The Code of Canon Law, Countless approved catechisms, The Doctors of the Church, The teaching of the Dogmatic

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    « Reply #6 on: October 10, 2013, 01:48:49 AM »
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  • thank you Ambrose!  This will lead well into the month of the Holy Souls.

     

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