Catholic Answers, a lay-run apostolate of Catholic apologetics and evangelization, defines purgatory as:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," which is experienced by those "who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified" (CCC 1030). It notes that "this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned" (CCC 1031).
The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still be many impurities in us, specifically venial sins and the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven.
As humble rock sitters in Chippewa County, Bluestem is loathe to compare the 2012 election to either a particular or general judgement, while declining to discuss its connection with God's will.
Senator Scott Newman (R-Hutchinson), author of the rejected Voter ID Amendment, is comfortable with discussing the defeat in these terms with Republicans in McLeod County. In County GOPers get pep talks, McLeod County Chronicle editor Rich Glennie reports:
Newman said the 2012 elections were tough for Republicans, who lost control of both houses of the Legislature. “Being in St. Paul is like being in purgatory; it’s not exactly hell, but it’s not heaven either,” Newman said as a GOP minority member.
But he told his fellow Republicans, “We can do something about that. The Republican Party is the party of America!
Scott Newman might think that, but Bluestem couldn't possibly comment.
Image: A minority caucus meeting in the Minnesota Senate, or a Dore engraving from Project Gutenberg EBook of The Vision of Purgatory, Complete,by Dante Alighieri, translated by Rev. H.F.Cary? Scott Newman believes that the two compare.
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