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.
Agreed. I was reacting to the statement that he was in Purgatory. We don’t know that either. He could have gone straight to Heaven.
I agree with you that we don’t really know how God judges us after death or how many souls need Purgatory. When I pray for someone who’s died, I always ask God to apply my prayers to that person, but, if that person doesn’t need them, to apply them to someone who has no one to pray for him while he’s in Purgatory. I’m pretty sure most of us will need Purgatory for at least a brief visit!
posted on 06/26/2009 4:01:16 PM PDT
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