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Very good question that I would like to see if I can answer to your satisfaction or at least give you some pointers to where to obtain a deeper understanding of the mystery of what happens to our soul after death. You can find biblical passages in my references that support this understanding by the Church and has been expanded and deepened over the ...


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As Andrew points out in his answer, Benedict XVI (Cardinal Ratzinger) has effectively written a great deal in order to precisely clarify what the Church teaches concerning the necessity of purgatory. In his book Death and Eternal Life he writes: The transforming 'moment' of this encounter cannot be quantified by the measurements of earthly time. It ...


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Pope Benedict XVI addressed this in a General Audience on 15 February 2012: The second word spoken by Jesus on the Cross recorded by St Luke is a word of hope, it is his answer to the prayer of one of the two men crucified with him. The good thief comes to his senses before Jesus and repents, he realizes he is facing the Son of God who makes the very ...


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Depends on where you put the comma. “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” “Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in paradise.” Jesus told the Good Thief that the two of them would be together "this day" in "Paradise" (Luke 23:43; see also Matthew 27:38); but between on the Sunday of his resurrection he said that he had "not yet ...


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The way the Good Thief entered Heaven is an example of how God is not bound by His sacraments. 1257 The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation. He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptize them. Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have ...


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Reading the biblical narrative, we can conclude that the good thief's sins are forgiven by Christ on the cross. And that the thief would have followed Christ if he were to live (baptism of desire). A sinner who dies after receiving baptism without atoning for his sins he will not enter purgatory. With these two reasonable assumptions, we can say that the ...


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Let's start by looking at what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says. It has a couple of great references: 1030 All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. 1031 ...


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A person's action for good or for evil change a person so that a person is good or evil [as evidenced in life] and thereby acceptable or not acceptable to God. This is the biblical language of St. John the Baptist referencing good wheat vs. chaff. The former is collected in God's barn [heaven] and the latter burnt in unquenchable fire [hell]. cf. Mt 3:12 ...


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There are at least two very poignant biblical principles concerning purgatory Judas rallied his army and went to the city of Adullam. As the seventh day was approaching, they purified themselves according to custom and kept the sabbath there. On the following day, since the task had now become urgent, Judas and his companions went to gather up the bodies ...


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I would imagine that the Orthodox priest, his interlocutor, or both, misinterpreted what they were seeing. As you know, the Church has a concept of "partial indulgence", historically often associated with a specific amount of time. The intention, as I understand it, is that gaining the indulgence corresponds not to that amount of time off Purgatory, but to ...


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This doctrine of purgatory makes Jesus' sacrifice a failure. The scriptures say Jesus' atonement on the cross was complete for the atonement of sin. 1 John 1 says if we confess to Jesus we are forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness. Not some but all - we do not need to be purified in purgatory! It blasphemy... salvation is not completed of yourself, ...



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