Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

I Do Believe in the Communion of Saints


On the Eve of All Saints day, creedal Christians celebrate the continuing fellowship that extends beyond the confines of time and space and death. We take time out on All Saint's Day to commemorate the lives of the Saints, both known and unknown. We, like the early church, believe that the folks that have gone before us can continue to intercede for us while they are in heaven. We can ask them to intercede for us or using the old english term for ask, "pray". The saints are not divine, nor omnipresent or omniscient. They are not to be worshipped. All of this communion between them and us has been facilitated by the grace of God released through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Not only can they pray for us, we can pray for those being perfected in purgatory as Maccabees in the Old Testament illustrates, and St. Paul's comments about Onesiphorus his helper suggest. Purgatory isn't a "second chance" to get into heaven. If a soul is in purgatory, they are already "in" so to speak, but need a little purifiying since no unclean thing can see God, so as CS Lewis suggests needs a "bit of cleaning up." Purgatory is kind of like "heaven's washroom", where we go for purification before we see the Holy One face to face.

I blogged a bit more on this here in the past.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my favorite pictures of Father Andrew Kim and the Korean Saints. I bought a copy of this during my military tour in Korea. Thanks for sharing this with the greater Catholic world.

- Timothy

November 03, 2006 8:00 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Thanks Tim!
it is truly a beautiful picture of what's going on just beyond the veil.

November 04, 2006 5:12 PM  

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