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Wednesday, November 02, 2011


Marlene Cross

In a suspended state of being, encounter the glory of love sought, now found. Forgiveness is offered like a golden spoon. Feed and rise into the luminous light of God's omnipotent presence.


From Luke 12:

"47) And that servant who knew his master's will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating. 48) But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more."

If one who has been disobedient can be "beaten" severely OR lightly it would seem a third option, in addition to heaven and hell, must exist. Whether its existence is exclusively for the disobedient but unchurched, or also for the disobedient believer, I leave to others


I said nearly the exact same things to my 9th/10th grade CCD class last evening. The analogy I used to describe it goes like this.

An image of heaven that we get from Scripture, specifically the Book of Revelation, is that it is a great wedding feast (the wedding feast of the Lamb). Like any wedding, invitations are needed. All souls, ultimately, are either invited to the wedding feast (heaven) or not (hell). Purgatory, is a time of preparation for the wedding feast, a time for getting cleaned up and dressed properly. One would never go to a wedding dirty or shabbily dressed. This lines up well with the Parable of the Wedding Feast from Matt 22:2-14. Purgatory is not a "second chance" to get an invitation to the wedding feast, but a time of preparation/cleansing/purification before we can "attend".

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