Souls ready for entrance to Heaven

In the book, “The Mist of Mercy”, authored by Anne, a lay apostle, there is a section on Purgatory, I would like to address. No definitive, final judgment has been made by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church concerning the supernatural character of the messages received by Anne, a lay apostle. Nevertheless, the book has been permitted by the Church to be printed. It is in the spirit of viewing this work as spiritual food for thought and not necessarily as Divine Revelation, these comments are made. Like others, we await the final determination of this work’s authenticity, by the Magisterium.

The book contains quite a few sections where Jesus and Anne converse. The section on Purgatory is described by her as Jesus leads her from one level to the next. It is about the level farthest from Heaven (or closest to Hell) about which I wish to discuss. (Realize that this one or two page document will hardly do justice to the work about which we are discussing.)

In the level of Purgatory where the only relief given is the knowledge that Heaven will eventually be theirs, there is great anguish or so it seems. Each soul must come to terms with their sinfulness. The lives and souls affected by their unjust deeds weigh heavily upon them. Souls in this level, “…are compelled, by justice and the need for cleansing and purification, to revisit each sin and each impact of each sin on the souls of others, as well as the impact on the souls impacted by others. This, surely, is a heavy but absolutely necessary burden.” -1 Farther on, in the book, is discussed how we, the living, through our prayers can greatly affect the length of stay, each soul must remain in Purgatory.

It is about this last level, however that we speak to, in this post. All of us will need to, either now or later, look at our sinfulness, our transgressions, and come to terms with them. We will need to understand and feel how much we have hurt others, and therefore Christ, Himself. When we begin this thought process, this emotional status-check, we must be convinced already of our salvation, of Christ’s love for us. For without that, is to be in hell already.
So what can we do? Where do we start? First and foremost we must thank Christ, truly thank Him for redeeming us, forgiving us of everything ignoble about our lives. We must mean it with every fiber of our existence. After that, we should look at the following aspects of our lives and reflect upon each one carefully:

How do we think of others? How much have we hurt others with what we have done? Do we think ourselves better than others? If we do, then we will treat them accordingly, and as a result, hurt them. Do we help people? Is the help because we want to, or because we will feel noble, or because the person needs it? How do we treat our spouse, our children, our employees, our employer? Do we look differently at persons of color, of different races, of different religions? Where do our morals take us? How important is money, and material things in our life? What are we willing to do to gain money, fame and power? Are we slaves to food, drugs, alcohol, sex? What steps are we taking, to control these vicious enticements?

These, and thousands more, questions we can and must ask ourselves. Each of us has demons that we want to conceal, that we want to be rid of, or that we wish to cater to. Like a surgeon’s scalpel, our introspection must critically cut away the excuses, the “yeah, buts” in our life. We must see ourselves, our motives, our actions in the light of what do they do to others? What affect do they have with our family? Our neighbors? Our co-workers? Who will suffer as a result of them? To view them, in such a fashion, is how they will be viewed in Jesus’ gaze. We must pray to be strong so that we can be honest in our assessment. All we have to gain is eternal life.

-1 “The Mist of Mercy”, by Anne, a lay apostle, published by Direction For Our Times.

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