Where is our Charity?
What would you do to relieve you Grandmother’s suffering? What about an uncle who was far from God most of his life but came back shortly before he died? What about so many who die in a state of grace but not in a state of perfection union with God – what would you do to relieve their suffering? Have you got a thought for them when you think about your ‘charities’?
Good Works – but for Whom?
There seems to be a frenetic craziness about giving to charities. This seems to be the mark of a good person these days. Even big companies tell the world about their ‘good works.’ Why don’t they just serve people on the quiet? Are they really trying to highlight a tragedy or are they using human misery as an advertising ploy? Yes, they are doing good works but for whom?
Catholics seem to have fallen into this ‘solve the world’s problems’ mentality. If they were faithful to what the Church has constantly taught would they not demand that priests offer the 3 Masses on All Souls Day? Love for the Holy Souls is still found in pockets of Catholicism here and there, but it seems that the New Religion (be it called ‘Cath-erans’ or ‘Luth-olics’) has no love whatsoever for those souls suffering the temporal and just punishments of Purgatory. They have no love for them because they think that Purgatory is an old story and ‘we don’t believe that anymore.’ How can they help the Holy Souls when they don’t believe the doctrines concerning them?
The Saints Teach the Truth!
Today there are very few who reach out, so speak, to help their own brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and relatives, who are suffering in the fires of Purgatory. Or so it seems. Yes, there are plenty of charities but why is there so little charity? How did it happen that Catholics lost the truth about the Suffering Church?
Maybe it’s because Catholics don’t get the truths of the Faith given to them. Maybe this thought from one of the Saints concerning Purgatory might help:
[The next night] I saw my Guardian Angel, who ordered me to follow him. In a moment I was in a misty place full of fire in which there was a great crowd of suffering souls. They were praying fervently, but to no avail, for themselves; only we can come to their aid. The flames which were burning them did not touch me at all. My Guardian Angel did not leave me for an instant. I asked these souls what their greatest suffering was. They answered me in one voice that their greatest torment was longing for God. I saw Our Lady visiting the souls in Purgatory. The souls call her “The Star of the Sea.” She brings them refreshment. I wanted to talk with them some more, but my Guardian Angel beckoned me to leave. We went out of that prison of suffering. [I heard an interior voice] which said, My mercy does not want this, but justice demands it. Since that time, I am in closer communion with the suffering souls. (St. Faustina Maria Kowalska, Diary, 20).
Charity begins at home! But how can Catholics exercise these acts of deep love for God and those whom He has chosen if they do not believe what God has revealed? And how can they know what God has revealed if the Truths of the Faith are not taught, or are distorted for a cheap photo-shot? Thank God there is at least one bishop who loves the Holy Souls enough to speak the truth – in season and out of season!