Michael Maginn writes:
Leaving aside much of the dramatic, colourful and unhelpful imagery that has come down to us concerning Purgatory, the essential teaching rings true:
our sense of incompleteness, not least at the time of death;
our sense of a graduated, incremental, even torturous path to wholeness.
The teaching on Purgatory is true to this universal human experience. Growing as persons into our full humanity, which we might also call sainthood, we are helped by the prayers of the saints and by the prayers of those we have left behind.
THOUGHTS ON PURGATORY
FOR THE FEAST OF ALL SOULS
November 2, 2021
At the Great Moment,
of Crossing Over:
Will all life’s issues be resolved,
all our differences dissolved?
All our sins forgiven then,
our deeply-riven lives made good?
Our betrayals acknowledged,
Our grievances relinquished,
Will all our many debts be paid,
each and every fear allayed?
broken promises revealed?
All our enemies by then befriended,
all our broken bridges mended?
No. Yet nothing is lost,
nothing too late in God’s Eternal Time.
MICHAEL A MAGINN
PRIEST AT CRAIGAVON, COUNTY ARMAGH