|The Reality of Purgatory
What It Means to Us as Believers
|“According to the grace of God that is given to me [the Apostle Paul], as a wise architect, I laid the foundation; and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation no man can lay, but that which is laid, which is Christ Jesus.
Now if any build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble: every man’s work shall be manifest, for the Day of the Lord shall declare it, because it shall be revealed in fire. And the fire shall try every man’s work, of what sort it is.
If any man’s work abide, which he hath build thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work burn, he shall suffer loss, but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire” I Corinthians 3:10-17.
Is there fire in Heaven?
A fire which can burn our work and make us suffer loss?
Obviously, the answer is no.
We do know of a place that the Bible speaks of where there is fire. It is called hell. But can we get out of hell once we wind up there?
The answer, according to the Bible is, once again, no.
So where is this place where God can test a man’s work and, if it burns, the Lord can still save him “yet so as by fire”?
There is only one answer. It is not Heaven. It is not hell.
It is Purgatory.
And, unlike hell, we can get out of there. But, as the Lord Jesus said,
“Amen I say to thee, thou wilt not come out from it until thou hast paid the last penny” Matthew 5:26.
Why is this important for those of us who already believe in Purgatory? Why is this important to talk to others about, whether protest-ant believers or non-believers?
Because when our work is judged by God, we will be judged not only for the “commission” of sins, but also for something most of us don’t even think about:
the “omission” of what we should have done.
And among the “omission” sins is our silence that leads to God’s Judgment.
Now please do not get us wrong. We know we are not Saints.
In fact, in our work, we are praying that we have gone from stubble and hay to possibly wood. But with any of these three items, our work will still burn. Stubble and hay will immediately burn up; wood will smolder and eventually burn to ash, leaving virtually nothing.
We are hoping, that with more corrective action, we can possibly get to “precious stones” in our work (more Rosaries and Divine Mercy Chaplets are in order). Stones will not burn, but they certainly will tarnish in the fire.
Silver is a metal that will survive a fire, but it will melt and change its shape, even losing its luster.
Gold, however! Gold — it is purified in fire.
The Saints have gold.
St. Maximilian Kolbe had gold. St. Faustina. Mother Teresa.
You know the list.
We, however, might be blessed if we got hit by a truck after the Divine Mercy Feast, so that, perhaps, we might, at that nanosecond in time, achieve Silver. For after receiving the blessings of attending this feast (the Sunday after Easter), all punishments due to sin are completely forgiven. This is the reality of the Lord's Divine Mercy.
The point of all this is that we are all working — whether we know it or not — on our eternal reward, as the Apostle Paul states.
And while everyone would like a mansion in God the Father’s House, the Lord Jesus did not say everyone would get one! He just said there are many mansions in His Father’s House.
And the Apostle Paul has made it abundantly clear that it is possible we can, if our work burns in God’s assessment, to lose our eternal reward entirely. That clearly means no mansion!
This, of course, does not mean our eternal salvation, as Paul pointedly states as well.
But our protest-ant cousins think that by calling upon the Name of Jesus they are immediately going straight into Heaven.
It’s just not that simple.
By His death on a Cross, Jesus gave us a “get-out-of-hell-free” card.
He did not give us a “get-into-Heaven-free” card.
That you have to earn.
We are now living in a time where people are so deceived that most believers think it is only God’s Mercy and Love that we need be concerned with — not His Judgment.
As long as we believe in His Mercy, they think, He will do all the rest.
We have jobs to do.
And we cannot do our jobs by being silent; by turning the other cheek in favor of “ecumenism.” That will lead to the sin of omission and our judgment.
For God knows, we, as believers in the true faith, know better. We will, therefore, be held more accountable than those who do not know.
Those who do know and yet still reject the true faith will find that they have stubble and hay, if they’re lucky. The Lord Jesus will allow no one — not even those who call upon His Name — to mock God the Father’s Justice.
And yes, most of our protest-ant cousins, those who are innocent, will be saved, but as one “by fire.” That is the reality of Purgatory. You can either say the Rosary here on Earth or hope someone will say it for you when you have passed on.
Therefore, it is incumbent upon us, who know better, as firefighters, to start sounding the alarm — to protest-ants and non-believers alike — before we, too, will have nothing to offer the Lord on our personal Day of Judgment but stubble and hay.
We have already failed to sound it loud enough as is evident when we examine in an upcoming article the real reasons why God removed His Hand of Protection and allowed the World Trade Center attack to occur.
If we do not examine these reasons and change the root causes that allowed our enemies to sneak in, we can only expect more of the same — and even worse — in the future.
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