Holy Family Parish
4011 Co. 416-20th Road, Gladstone MI
Faith Formation



Classes are this week for our 1st – 8th graders on Wednesday, January 24th from 6:15 – 7:30.  The confirmation students meet Sunday, January 28th, after the 10:00 .m. Mass.

            Purgatory – Truth #2:  Purgatory exists because of God’s unfathomable love, incomprehensible holiness, and supreme mercy!  Purgatory is a masterpiece of God’s mercy.  God loves us more than anybody else does and anybody else can.  It’s his love that cleanses and purifies us to be able to stand before his presence.  God is a God of unspeakable purity.  Because of our sin and selfishness, we need purification and healing. 

            Purgatory is a loving and healing place.  It’s the heavenly beauty of God that ravishes these souls, and they will not go before him with the least stain.  Once the souls experience God, they willingly hurl themselves into the purifying love of God so they’re able to be with him.  To be with God our souls must be pure.  There’s no rebellion in purgatory.

            St. Catherine of Genoa (d.1510) – the “Apostle of Purgatory: - tells us in Treatise on Purgatory:  Were a soul to appear in the presence of God with one hour of purgation still due, it would consider itself grievously injured and it’s suffering would be worse than 10 purgatories, for it could not endure the justice and pure goodness of God.  And so it continues…..



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