While this single post will not be a complete treatment of the idea or the term Purification, we might a well get started...
For more than 500 years, our society has been slowly but surely heading in the wrong direction. The seeds of rotten philosophies have germinated into a rather hideous tree that now all but obscures the sun. We are not only lost, we do not even know where we are going.
ALL elements of life have been completely corrupted: air, soil, water, food, medicine, labor, relationships, education, marriage, economics, politics, and religion. Pick a topic, it can be easily demonstrated that it has been corrupted. Why are we in the desert? V2 corrupted the ONE place that had been holding the line. Although things had been growing worse for centuries, since the abominable 1960s, things have only gone downhill at an ever-increasing speed.
ALL stands in need of renewal. It is my contention that we have already entered a perfect storm, if you will, which will result in a complete purification of the system. Thus, I call it The Purification. The term is more or less interchangeable with the Chastisement, something foretold by many Saints and pious persons.
My personal belief is that we are about to enter the teeth of the nastiest storm since the Flood, although this storm will be worse in some ways. Most men now alive will not live to see the other side, and all will see things they cannot presently conceive.
The Age of Materialism is over, but the process of returning to sanity will be extremely painful. We are still far too attached to way too many created things. The coming 3 to 24 months (as I see it) will be, in a nutshell, the administering of bitter medicine. We will not like it, but we need it desperately.
I see V2 as the spiritual Chastisement. Most of us have learned nothing from it. As a result, a temporal Chastisement is now necessary. IMO, it will be similar in magnitude to V2, which is a sobering thought. Even those who have received the grace to hold fast to the Faith have a very hard time beginning to grasp the magnitude of what transpired when the atom bomb of V2 devastated the entire Catholic world. We are still reeling from the effects.
Now, we will see temporal, visible, all-too-tangible lessons, all meant to do ONE thing: Bring us back to God.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum.