Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Poor souls

Today is the day we recall all of the poor souls, their fate in God's hands as they promise desperately to atone for all of their sins in the hope of being saved.

I speak, of course, of the Democratic members of Congress.

What--you thought I was talking about those other souls, the ones who suffer in Purgatory, the ones who have tasted of the ocean of God's great mercy and for whom we should pray daily? The ones whom All Souls' Day is all about?

There's one big difference between them and the Democratic members of Congress: the souls in Purgatory already know they're saved.

Of course, there are a few other differences, too: the Holy Souls in Purgatory see with a clarity that is often dimmed by political rhetoric what is truly good, and what is truly evil; they know with a certainty that many on Earth lack that voting for and working for the slaughter of unborn humans is a hideous evil gravely displeasing to God; they also know that lying, cheating, stealing, and otherwise maneuvering for the sake of political office and political gain is a folly of immeasurable proportions, compared to the worth of the eternal soul and the value of eternal happiness. The glimpse they had of God at their particular judgment has made them long so greatly to be in His presence that to be deprived of it, even for a short while, fills them with unimaginable pain--and the idea that anyone would choose eternal exclusion from the Presence of Divine Love for the sake of earthly power, earthly glory, and earthly loot, graft, or goodies must pain them too.

So, today, let's remember to pray for the souls in Purgatory that they will swiftly be released from their present suffering and know the fullness of happiness in Heaven with God. And let us pray that those already released will intercede with ceaseless pleading for all of us still on Earth--particularly the ones who are going to find out by tomorrow morning that "We, the People..." have fired them from their present positions. May that loss of employment also be salubrious for them, as they contemplate whether it's more important to risk their souls for the things of this Earth--or to despise the things of this Earth, for the sake of their poor souls.

And may we, too, keep this lesson firmly in mind as we go vote.


Anonymous said...

I refuse to think of Democrats as 'they' or evil incarnate! They are us, US of A.

But, on another non-secular view,
may the souls of the departed rest in peace.

Alisha De Freitas said...

I found your opening hilarious. And I'm politically moderate. You are such a talented writer.

Red Cardigan said...

Thanks, Alisha! I tend to subscribe to Mark Shea's view of politics: we have the Evil Stupid Party and the Stupid Evil Party. The first takes great pride in being 10% less stupid than the second, while the second takes pride in being 10% less evil than the first.

Which is which will, of course, very depending on whom you talk to.


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MightyMighty said...

My family has long prayed the St. Gertrude Prayer, which is supposed to release 1000 souls from Purgatory each time it is said (she was a mystic, and this was revealed to her). I think it releases more souls if said during the consecration.

Eternal Father, I offer thee the most precious blood of thy divine son Jesus; in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home, and within my own family.

When I really need help, I like to call on all of the souls I have prayed for and ask them to intercede for me as well. :) It's amazing how fast aid comes!

Siarlys Jenkins said...

I don't get this wording about the souls PRESENTLY in purgatory... time is no constraint on God, it is only a dimension of the material universe. That is the fallacy of the Calvinist doctrine of predestination. God doesn't look into the future to see what is GOING to happen, he sees it all AS it is happening, in one big unbounded NOW. So, those souls don't spend TIME in purgatory, and they aren't there NOW and out in the FUTURE... in fact, purgatory is a terribly earth-bound concept. In terms of a transcendent God, it doesn't make any sense at all.