All Souls is a solemn feast for the purpose of praying for the dead. All Saints is all about, well, Saints – those who have gotten to heaven. All Souls is for all those departed, particularly praying for those souls in purgatory.
When I became a genius at about the age of 16 or so, I decided this was absolute nonsense. How could there be a waiting room for heaven – with fire, etc.? I thought it was nutty and disregarded it. Of course, I also disregarded the prospect of hell, probably because it was my more likely destination and didn’t sound very nice. Besides, if you pick and choose a few nice Biblical verses about how nice Jesus is, you could never believe in a punishing God. If, however, you actually read the Bible, you will see the unfathomable love, and realize there are qualifications on it.
Jesus was quick to forgive, but also quick to add “Go and sin no more.” He never said “I’m cool with that, keep on doing it – do not repent.”
Last year I had the great honor of hearing Peter Kreeft speak about the “Four last things: Death, Judgement, Hell, and Heaven.” He described purgatory in a way that made perfect sense to me. Suppose you show up at a banquet, you are invited, but filthy from the trip. Your clothes are dirty, your body is dirty, and you smell bad. You are then offered the bathroom in order to clean up and make yourself ready for the banquet. That’s what purgatory is all about.
Thank God for Purgatory!
I have been too busy to write. I have gotten up early the last two mornings and gotten to work by 4:30 a.m. By 8 each morning, I’ve had a half day of work done. I had a telephone conference at 8 this morning and I had a great product to show at the conference, the product of my early morning work. Work done while my brain is sharp. Instead of sitting here pounding away on the keyboard for my blog, for what purpose I don’t really know.
I need to get more serious about work. I have just been given double the workload I had before. Actually more than double since I am getting a whole new division up and running. I can do it, but it will require real discipline with my time.
I’ll have to figure out what that means to my blogging time.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. — 1 Corinthians 10:13