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The Truth About Purgatory as revealed by God to Saint Catherine of Genoa
Let no malice or guilt stay in our hearts, in the pureness of our soul, we may feel God's loving embrace in our being.
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Mother Angelica: How to Avoid Purgatory
Father Jose Maningayat story Hell, Heaven and Purgatory in Father Mary Joseph's homily
Purgatory in this Life and in the Afterlife
Saint Catherine of Genoa was indeed divinely blessed as she lived a life of humility and devotion to Christ Jesus, despite being born to a well known and distinguished family.
She was a grand niece of Pope Innocent IV, as she was the granddaughter to Roberto Fiesca, the Pope's brother. Another Fiesca, Pope Adrian V, also belongs to the same family.
She soon married Guiliano Adorni at an early age of 16, from the rich and powerful Ghibelline family, as a reluctant bride in obedience to her mother and her eldest brother, Giacomo Fiesca.
Oh yes, indeed, how she wanted to become a nun, but fate did not allow as such, as she was deemed destined to another calling.
She, instead, found herself enjoying serving the sick in a hospital which she herself headed as time passed, and was joined later by her husband in her ministry.
She endured the pain and suffering of caring for the sick, and this included her husband as he was inflicted with an illness, until his demise, whence, was left with all his possessions transferred to her name.
She found fulfillment in serving the Lord through caring for the sick accepting in all humility and joy her predicament, as she had devoted the rest of her life to our Lord Jesus Christ in charity and in the love of others.
She avoided sin, malice and worldly desires as she purposely cleansed herself from all these, while preparing for God's warm embrace into His Kingdom.
She died on September 15, 1510 while having lived in the divine will of God, after writing down what God has revealed to her about Purgatory. It was her protégé, Mrs. Charlotte Balfour, who compiled her writings entitled, "The Treatise of Purgatory," with link incorporated in above-mentioned post.
Cleansing of both body and spirit can be made as early as in this life, as what Saint Catherine did, by dying to one's 'self.' She accepted and surrendered everything of this world in humility and forgiveness, trusted fully in Christ Jesus and has faced the presence of God in her life in ecstasy and joy, and has truly prepared herself to confidently and happily meet God in the afterlife.
Watching above YouTube videos with Sister Angelica of EWTN on 'Avoiding Purgatory' and that of Father Mary Joseph's homily on Father Jose Maningayat's story of an After Death Revelation of Hell, Heaven and Purgatory in the company of his guardian angel, can very well relate to Saint Catherine's own experience of Purgatory or total cleansing of body and spirit in her life.
Saint Catherine sees Purgatory as for those who have already repented in full for all their sins, in complete remorse of their sins, and without any doubt, freed from any guilt in their hearts upon their death.
What is left, however, are the remnants or 'rust' of sin and 'self' in their souls which needed to be cleansed by two rays of enormous bright light emanating from God's rays of love, mercy and forgiveness.
The first ray of light being for the remnants and stains of sin, and the second ray of light unleashed to destroy man's 'self,' although already made free from any malice in their hearts or any guilt upon death, with complete repentance and forgiveness seen.
It is after total purification and destruction of 'self,' that the totally cleansed soul may then be rewarded with God's full embrace into heaven.
In itself, this longing for God's acceptance into the gates of heaven, for all souls in Purgatory, already provides much hope and joy despite the pain they may suffer in wait while being purified and cleansed.
Saint Catherine emphasized, regarding the sin of malice, "O how dangerous is sin committed in malice! Hardly does a man repent him thereof, and without repentance he will bear its guilt for as long as he perseveres, that is for as long as he wills a sin committed or wills to sin again."
For all souls in Hell, they have become numbed of any feeling of remorse for their sins and ill will against God and man, and they 'will' to sin again even upon death, with no mercy and forgiveness but bitterness in their hearts.
Their guilt stays with them, with their pain bound to be endured for an infinite time as they suffer the agonizing torment in Hell.
But even in Hell 'with the dear goodness of God sheds His rays of mercy' tempering the pain souls in Hell have to suffer, although allotted to souls He so chooses only for a given time, and has determined the quantity of pain, in justice, 'could have given them more pain.'
As Saint Catherine has seen it out of divine wisdom, life on earth seems to her as nothing short of 'lies and nothingness' as she is lost and confused for words that can best describe that feeling more extreme than this. Having accepted God in her heart and spirit, nothing material on earth now becomes more worthy of her life and happiness than that of being with Christ and in Christ.
If God has so revealed to many Catholics, by their deep faith in God's Divine Mercy, and the power of the Holy Eucharist after fervent prayers in confession of our sins made through the priests, designated by God as apostles of Christ who are blessed by the Holy Spirit, they being instruments of God in the forgiveness of sins.
All these sacramental truth on reconciliation remain true in God's words that the apostles who have surrendered much of their freedom and their earthly possessions in this life to serve the church through Christ Jesus, our true Lord and Messiah who has come to judge us all, the living and the dead, may we see what truth there is in the 'word.'
Living in His Spirit, may God's grace and wisdom come upon us through our spirit of love and mercy, guided by the Holy Spirit, may we come to know and realize the greater understanding of cleansing of body (heart, mind and soul) and remnants of sin from our souls, that we may become one body and Spirit with Christ.
If protestants and non-believers may refuse to believe in this eternal truth, may God's grace open their hearts to surrender their pride, their ego - the transport of evil in ones soul -, at the foot of the cross, that they may know and fully understand, in their heart of love, in their compassion of God's love for us all, we may see and feel how Jesus died for our sins, in His words of truth, and in the many miracles works He has done for among the multitudes, in His lifetime and ours, witnessing to His truth, the truth in our spirit from among our faithfully departed we may know, as the Holy Spirit may reveal in us those who have been judged to live eternally with Christ, as God may allow us to feel His embrace in the pureness of our hearts, for His ever shining light in us keeps us free from darkness and evil, to remain in His words comes His greater calling, for us to remain Kings, prophets and priests, as Jesus has said from among His apostles and those who listened to His truth intently, "with man (many) things are impossible, but with God all things are possible," in Matthew 19:26.
If corruption of our souls starts from our way of judging others of their sinfulness, let us all remember that all of us are sinners of the flesh, all are made imperfect as we live in the flesh, but Jesus allows us to ask forgiveness of our sins in true reconciliation with Him as our true Savior, through the consecrated ones sanctified in truth of His words, to serve His church.
As we may see hope in Christ, our humility and obedience to Him, cures our blindness from the corruption of all things passing made imperfect in this life, where all things imperfect may keep us distracted from 'divine truth' that God's words may convey to our weary hearts.
In the gospel of John 20:19-23, God's truth in the Holy Spirit reveals to us Christ's command to the apostles sending them to become true witnesses of the gospel, in the forgiveness of sins, that more may be cleansed among the living, even those who may die in mortal death, they may live forever for they are among the living, as they may have loved in truth:
"On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”"
In His sacred blood comes our being consecrated in truth by His divine 'word,' where 'loving in truth' may see us cleansed by His loving mercy upon us all, those who have loved Him in truth, and remained in 'true faith' by the vine nourished by The Father, by partaking the Lamb's body and blood from unleavened bread and wine, His Spirit may come unto our being, His body and blood made to cleanse our hearts and souls from sin, and may soon see us fully cleansed, the fullness of His Spirit may remain in us, as we repent of our sins, and avoid sin as we may continually rebuke Satan, our imperfection may see us 'holy' in His perfection, in His righteousness, comes true salvation.
[Read further on our post: "The Truth in Purgatory as in the Vision of Saint Catherine of Genoa," and see the life cycles that we ourselves create, found in the latter part of the post, that we may be guided as we so may chose our path in this life, either we follow and glorify God as our Master, or will it be the evil one.]
And Saint Catherine of Genoa always felt indescribable joy and happiness in the Holy Eucharist, having been allowed to take holy communion daily, which was seldom permitted during those days.
As in the Holy Bible, the book Ecclesiastes reminds us that everything in life is meaningless, but not until we learn to understand the wisdom of God and strive to become mature in spirit that we learn to “fear God and keep His commandments, which is the duty of man,” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14), whence, shall God “bring indeed every deed into judgment, including every hidden things, whether it is good or evil.”
For Saint Catherine, sinless as we have been created by our Almighty Father, sinless need we become as we are received into His Heavenly Kingdom.
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