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August 22nd, 2008

The Purgatory – Part 01

 

Although the Catholic Church proclaims the concept of Purgatory, I see that today a majority of people are not believing in purgatory. Most people see purgatory as a place full of punishments and sorrow, something like locking up the souls and beating them. Some others see it as a place of comfort as they can attain Heaven, after spending sometime in purgatory, just like a holiday resort. Many doubts and misconceptions arise in most people nowadays, as not much is taught about it at churches and during caticism.

Purgatory is the place where most of the souls go after death. I say this, because even the saints are going to heaven after spending some time at purgatory. The difference is only in the duration of the time they have to spend there.It is a place where the soul is given pains, but it also represents a state of love, hope and peace. Because if a soul needs to be with God in heaven after death, it must have attained complete purity. Thus we understand that God made purgatory because of His abundant love for us.

“Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” (Isaiah 48:10). Thus if one needs to be with God, he/she has to be made pure in the flames of sacrifice. And if this purification doesn’t happen if he is in his earthly body, then it happens after death at purgatory.

The selfish love we have for ourselves increases the distance between us and God. At purgatory, this selfish love is burnt and destroyed completely. Thus by submitting ourselves completely to God, only God’s love remains in that soul. Thus it becomes eligible to join God and live in eternity.

Sins, their trails, selfish love for ourselves all these impurities make a HARD CRUST on the surface of our love to God. But we are not even knowing the formation of this crust. Whenever we do sins, refuse God and do things against His will, we are increasing the thickness of this hard crust.

Only the selfless love to God can melt down the hard crust formed. All saints throughout their lives were constantly trying to melt down this crust completely. For this, they prayed a lot and did a lot of deeds of penance. These will melt the hard crust very easily. Yes, our sins are forgiven through confession, but to clear the debt of our sins, deeds of penance are needed. Thus the saints were able to go either directly to heaven or spend only a very little time at the purgatory.

See the picture above? It shows Mother Mary helping souls in purgatory. All souls are seen there together with their own guardian angel (Fravashi), who help them at the purgatory.

So actually what does a soul experience at the purgatory? What is happening when we pray for them? A hundreds of questions may arise in your mind. Be patient. I will be writing on those very shortly. Keep checking back this site for The Purgatory – Part 02.

 

 

August 20th, 2008

Ways To Make A Bad Day Better

Make a bad day better

They are inevitable. Bad days happen to everyone. But, there are things you can do to make them better. Here are a few…

1. Play with kids.

I dare you.

2. Give someone a compliment.

Not a fake one, but take the time to see something that someone else is doing well.

3. Sing in your car.

And sing as loud as you can. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to frown while you are singing?

4. Read Philippians 4.

And while you are at it, just think about where Paul was while he was writing it.

5. Bake your favorite kind of cookies.

Then eat some.

6. Count your blessings.

I mean it. Start a list of all the things you are thankful for. Write until you can’t write anymore. Staple it to the wall.

7. Watch people.

Go find a crowded public area, sit down and watch. Allow yourself to wonder what he ate for breakfast, or what her name is, or where he bought that shirt.

8. Do something for someone you love.

Do the dishes for your wife, take your neice out for ice cream, take your mom to Starbucks for a coffee.

9. Pray.

It’s #9 because you expected it to be #1. What could be more encouraging that talking to the Creator of the universe?

10. Think of the most encouraging person you know and call them.

But don’t complain. Refrain from telling them how bad your day is and focus on making their day better.

11. Write a letter.

A good old-fashioned paper and ink letter. Bonus: write it to someone who has impacted your life and thank them and let them know how much you appreciate their role/impact in your life.

12. Remember the truth.

That God causes all things to work together for GOOD (Romans 8:28)

August 20th, 2008

Science confirms The Bible

THE BIBLESCIENCE NOWSCIENCE THEN
The earth is a sphere
(Isaiah 40:22).
The earth is a sphereThe earth was a flat disk.
Incalculable number of stars
(Jeremiah 33:22).
Incalculable number of starsOnly 1,100 stars.
Free float of earth in space
(Job 26:7).
Free float of earth in space.Earth sat on a large animal.
Creation made of invisible
elements (Hebrews 11:3).
Creation made of invisible
elements (atoms).
Science was ignorant on
the subject.
Each star is different
(1 Corinthians 15:41).
Each star is different.All stars were the same.
Light moves
(Job 38:19,20).
Light moves.Light was fixed in place.
Air has weight
(Job 28:25).
Air has weight.Air was weightless.
Winds blow in cyclones
(Ecclesiastes 1:6).
Winds blow in cyclones.Winds blew straight.
Blood is the source of life
and health
(Leviticus 17:11).
Blood is the source of life
and health.
Sick people must be bled.
Ocean floor contains deep
valleys and mountains
(2 Samuel 22:16;
Jonah 2:6).
Ocean floor contains deep
valleys and mountains.
The ocean floor was flat.
Ocean contains springs
(Job 38:16).
Ocean contains springs.Ocean fed only by rivers
and rain.
When dealing with disease,
hands should be washed
under running water
(Leviticus 15:13).
When dealing with disease,
hands should be washed
under running water.
Hands washed in still water.
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