August 22, 2019

On Various Theories of Purgation:

St. Augustine of Hippo ca. 354-430

{(past participle of pūrgāre to make clean or pure, derivative of pūrus PURE) + -iōn}

But if it be said that in the interval of time between the death of this body and that Last Day of Judgment and retribution which shall follow the Resurrection, the bodies of the dead shall be exposed to a fire of such a nature that it shall not affect those who have not in this life indulged in such pleasures and pursuits as shall be consumed like wood, hay, stubble,(1Cor3:12) but shall affect those others who have carried with them structures of that kind; if it be said that such worldliness, being venial, shall be consumed in the fire of tribulation either here only, or here and hereafter both, or here that it may not be hereafter—this I do not contradict, because possibly it is true. For perhaps even the death of the body is itself a part of this tribulation, for it results from the first transgression, so that the time which follows death takes its color in each case from the nature of the man’s building. The persecutions, too, which have crowned the martyrs, and which Christians of all kinds suffer, try both buildings like a fire, consuming some, along with the builders themselves, if Christ is not found in them as their foundation, while others they consume without the builders, because Christ is found in them, and they are saved, though with loss; and other buildings still they do not consume, because such materials as abide for ever are found in them. In the end of the world there shall be in the time of Antichrist tribulation such as has never before been. How many edifices there shall then be, of gold or of hay, built on the best foundation, Christ Jesus, which that fire shall prove, bringing joy to some, loss to others, but without destroying either sort, because of this stable foundation! (City of God, Bk. 21.26)

Augustine’s description ? of Moses: the burning Bush, that doesn’t destroy the tree.

1Cor3:10b-15) : But let every man take heed how he build there upon. For other foundation no man can lay, but that which is laid: which is Christ Jesus. Now, if any man build upon this foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble: Every man’s work shall be manifest. For the day of the Lord shall declare it, because it shall be revealed in fire.

And the fire shall try every man’s work, of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide, which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any mans work burn, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

City keeps this in my daily prayers: (St Augustine Commnetary on Psalms. (1Cor3:15)) Psalms XXXI; Chastise me not in thy wrath. Thou hast said, “Go into eternal fire” but chastise me not in thine anger. Purify me rather in such manner i this life that I need not to be purified by fire in the next. Behold what Augustine says, and what St Gregory, Venerable Bede, St. Anslem, and St. Bernard have said after him! St Thomas goes even further; “that the least pain of Purgatory surpasses all sufferings of this life, whatsoever they may be.” commentary: Purgatory, not yet fully developed HERE but clearly believed and understood by the Church “ever new and ever ancient.”

DAILY INDULGENCE PRAYER: …An indulgence of 300 days, applicable ONLY to the holy souls (S.P. Ind. Feb 13,1908; S.P. Ap., May 17, 1927).

“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.”

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