1. By purgatory, no more is meant than a middle state of souls; viz., of purgation from sin by temporary chastisements, or a punishment of some sin inflicted after
#AllSoulsDay #purgatory
2. death, which is not eternal.

As to the place, manner, or kind of these sufferings, nothing has been defined by the Church,it is interwoven with the fundamental articles of the Christian faith.

For, as eternal torments are the portion of all souls which
#faith #Christian
3. depart this life under the guilt of mortal sin, and everlasting bliss of those who die in a state of grace, so it is an obvious consequence that among the latter, many souls may be defiled with lesser stains, and cannot enter immediately into the joy of the Lord.

4. Repentance may be sincere, though something be wanting to its perfection; some part of the debt which the penitent owes to the Divine Justice may remain uncancelled, as appears from several instances mentioned in the holy scriptures.
#God #repentance #repent #DivineJustice
5. Every wound is not mortal; nor does every small offence totally destroy friendship.

The scriptures frequently mention these venial sins, from which ordinarily the just are not exempt. The smallest sin excludes a soul from heaven so long as it is not blotted out.
6. Nothing which is not perfectly pure and spotless can stand before God. Whence it is said of heaven: There shall in no wise enter into it anything defiled.

No one can be justified before God but by his pure and free mercy. But how few even among fervent Christians

7. bring, by his grace, the necessary conditions of cleanness and disengagement of heart and penance, in so perfect a manner as to obtain such a mercy, that no blemishes or spots remain in their souls?

Christ, exhorting us to agree with our accuser by appeasing our conscience
8. mentions a place of punishment out of which souls shall be delivered, though not before they shall have paid the last farthing.

The last sentence in the general judgment only mentions heaven and hell, which are the two great receptacles of all men, both the good and bad,
9. for eternity, and after the last judgment there will be no purgatory.

The church of Christ is composed of three different parts: the triumphant in heaven, the militant on earth, and the patient or suffering in purgatory.

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10. The communion of saints which we profess in our creed, implies a communication of certain good works and offices, and a mutual intercourse among all the members of Christ.

This we maintain with the saints in heaven by thanking and praising God

#CommunionOfSaints #Bible
11. for their triumphs and crowns, imploring their intercession, and receiving the succours of their charitable solicitude and prayers for us: likewise with the souls in purgatory, by soliciting the divine mercy in their favour.

#BodyOfChrist #JesusChrist #FaithfulDeparted
12. That to pray for the faithful departed is a pious and wholesome charity and devotion, is proved from the Old Testament, and from the practice of the Jewish synagogue.

God's Kingdom is secured to them, and their names are now written there amongst its glorious princes.
13. God most tenderly loves them. [...]

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. By having shown this mercy to the suffering souls in purgatory, we shall be particularly entitled to be treated with mercy at our departure hence, and to share more
#RIP #HolySouls
14. abundantly in the general suffrages of the Church, continually offered for all that have slept in Christ.

The principal means by which we obtain relief for the suffering souls in purgatory are sacrifice, prayer, and almsdeeds.
15. The unbloody sacrifice has always been offered for the faithful departed no less than for the living.


"It was not in vain," says St Chrysostom, "that the apostles ordained a commemoration of the deceased in the holy and tremendous mysteries..
16.For, when the congregation stands with open arms as well as the priests,and the tremendous sacrifice is before them, how should our prayers for them not appease God?

But this is said of such as have departed in faith."
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17. (From Fr Butler's "Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints")
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