Saturday, November 07, 2015

“Si no nos morimos! We don’t die! We change houses and nothing more. With faith and love, we Christians have this hope; a certain hope; It’s no more than an hasta luego (See you later). We should die saying goodbye like that. Hasta luego!”
Notice the absolute power of Christ  over death. Not only His own, but  

1) The Widow’s Son. Read Luke 7, 11-15.
2) The daughter of Jairus. Read Luke 10, 40-56.
3)  The raising of Lazarus. Read John, Chapter 11, 1-44
4) His own Resurrection.

For those in Purgatory – and by the way, Purgatory is a gift of God to be able to be liberated from being “self-referential” to becoming  gift and therefore able to be in God. And we can do this for others since we have been made in the image of the divine Persons Who are totally gift to each other. The Father is engendering of the Son. The Son is the obeying and glorifying of the Father; the Spirit is the personification of the two. This is the meaning of “communio.” One cannot be without the others.
   So also us. Made in the image and  likeness of the Three, “it is not good for man to be alone.” In fact, there is no such thing as a person alone.  Man finds himself by the sincere gift of himself. And so the suffrages for the month of November become a catalyst to do for them (persons in Purgatory) what they cannot do for themselves.
                The point is that Life is Love. Give Love and they will have Life. Divine Life is divine Self-gift. Human life is human self-gift because human life images divine Life. On December 8th The Bull of Indiction  for the Jubilee  of Mercy begins as the logical segue for the Synod of 2015 on the family. The souls in Purgatory live but most on the periphery since they cannot do anything for themselves. Mass, Communion, rosary, small mortifications of service, changing the circumstances and events of ordinary life into occasions of Love will do for them what they cannot do for themselves. They can do things for others, but not for themselves.
                Consider that eternal life is not grounded on the Greek philosophy of an immaterial soul separated from a material body, but rather the Christian revelation that “Man can no longr totally perish because he is known and loved by God. All love wants eternity, and God’s love not only wants it but effects it and is it…. Immortality as conceived by the Bible proceeds not from the personal force of what is in itself indestructible but from being drawn into the dialogue with the Creator; that is why it must be called awakening. Because the Creator means not just the soul but the man physically existing in the midst of history and give him immortality, it must be called ‘awakening of the dead’ = ‘of men.’”[1]

[1] J. Ratzinger, “Introduction to Christianity,” Ignatius (1990) 271.

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