Actually, he may be in Purgatory or he may be in Heaven. God judges us each uniquely. Some souls are in Purgatory for a very short time and then brought to Heaven. Some souls will be in Purgatory expiating their sins until the end of time.
Given that this good and heroic man showed the greatest form of love by risking his life for others, and then suffered terribly at the end of his life. I’d put my money on the fact that he’s probably in Heaven by now.
There are lots of souls in Heaven who have not been officially canonized as saints. They are all saints. The canonized ones are just the ones we are sure are in Heaven.
posted on 06/25/2009 3:40:22 PM PDT
("Now, Y'all without sin can cast the first stone." ~H.I. McDunnough)
Actually, he may be in Purgatory or he may be in Heaven.
Right. Which is exactly what I was implying in my post.
It has now become commonplace, after someone has died, for Catholics to proclaim "He's in heaven now". I have heard of priests actually making such comments during funeral Masses. This is post-Vatican II feel-good Protestant thinking, and it is wrong.
The fact is that nobody knows the state of anyone's soul upon their death. Not you, not me, not their priest. Nobody.
To assume that anyone has immediately entered heaven after their death is to suggest that prayer for the repose of their soul is unnecessary. As a result, many beneficial prayers are left unsaid for those in Purgatory.
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