April 29, 2007 at 5:45 pm #1651
[color=darkblue:2dsg5px6]My grandma said, the reason my grandpa suffered and died from cancer was because he didn’t pray enough. How would you respond to a comment like that?[/color:2dsg5px6]April 30, 2007 at 7:59 pm #8144
Hogwash,if you really thing about it he might have prayed as God wants us to do all by oneself privately,or he might have did allot of mental praying,who knows only God.April 30, 2007 at 9:16 pm #8145
Different take than what an old lady in my first parish used to say when hardship came along. “Our Lord seeks to share His suffering with those He loves, in order to help them unite their souls with Him on the cross. He gives us through pain and sickness the chance to advance our souls.”May 1, 2007 at 7:38 am #8149
A comment like that from the man’s wife would be a tough one to respond to. Especially since they both were related to you. I’d try to brush it off myself and just move on, praying for both of them.May 1, 2007 at 11:36 pm #8182
[color=darkblue:2tmjx5a3]I have heard people say that suffering on Earth can be a grace for some people. That their suffereings here will make purgatory that much shorter, or completly gone all together. Personally, I have no clue. My opinion is very similar to Weather’s. [/color:2tmjx5a3]May 2, 2007 at 12:07 am #8184
One of the issues about Purgatory is there is no time as we know it there. The time issue deals with the temporal punishment due for sin. As any offence deserves restitution, ie you steal ten dollars from someone you have to pay it back. The old Testament requires a restitution plus an extra fine. If you don’t make restitution, and are caught, the fine is double your offense.
While we cannot pay for the offense against God, only Christs sacrifice can do that. We do make restitution to God, and show our remorse and willingness to make up for our slight against His law, as well as thank Him for our forgiveness by Christ’s atonement for us by offering Him our Penances, (an ancient way of saying repentance) Of their own they are worthless, but united to Christ and His will they are uplifted and made acceptable. “Time” in purgatory, and Indulgences are based not on what goes on in the purification to prepair our souls to see God face to face, but are based on the amount of penance or time a penance was imposed in the early Church. An example of these penances would be not eating meat for a month, or being excluded from the Mass of the Faithful and communion sometimes from the time the sin was confessed, (in the early Church usually in public) until one’s deathbed. Talk about a strict penance.
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