Text Box: Volume 14 No. 1           OF THE CHURCH
Text Box:     OF MAN WITH GOD  JULY 2006 A.D.
REUNIONText Box: ~ THE CLEANSING FIRE OF GOD’S LOVE ~

From Metropolitan Archbishop Paul, S.S.B.
To the flock entrusted into my care:


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- CLEANSING OF THE SOUL AT DEATH -

If you do not believe in the classic (Roman Catholic) Purgatory you probably should read this because the portion on Purgatory is very short, and not at all classic. And if you do believe it, you also should read it.

The fire of Purgatory probably, actually is the fire of God’s Love, His Divine Love, which burns away the impurities from the soul so as to leave it clean and pristine. Probably.

If it is the fire of His Love, then this might be, not must be but might be, the most happy and pleasing experience next to actually being united with God in Heaven.

Each of has loved or loves someone or some thing with an all encompassing and all consuming love. We may only barely remember that experience, and not really be able to recall or experience that passion, and it may have been something which an adult would find inconsequential, such as the love for a pet or a favorite stuffed animal toy. But we all have given that passionate love to someone or something which we perceived as having human-like qualities.

God’s love for us is the perfect, total, all encompassing, all consuming, Love. It is perfect Love for each individual.

The soul that responds to that Love, accepts it, and wishes to give love to God in that soul’s fullest ability: that soul focuses only on God.  Though it knows of itself and knows of others, and in a sense is aware of itself and of others, that Loving focus on God is so all consuming that the soul really is not aware of itself because its Loving focus on God is so strong and complete that it allows nothing else to be experienced by that soul. Its awareness of itself and of other creatures is more a knowledge of their existence than it is an awareness of their existence. Your recognition of yourself and of others and other things is similar to your having knowledge of the existence of the leader of your country in the far recesses of the back of your mind, but you really are not aware of him - he is not in your mind or in your active perception.

This Love that God has for us is the strongest Love possible for it comes from God and is therefore perfect. Those who accept that Love immerse themselves in it, and that Divine Love burns away anything which interferes with the soul receiving and immersing itself in that love. It burns away anything which prevents or hinders the soul being thoroughly saturated with that Love. It burns away the stains left by sin. And the soul wants those things to be taken away so it can fully immerse itself in that Divine Love. It wants anything which interferes with experiencing that Divine love, to be removed, so that those other things are in the far recesses of the back of your mind, so 
Text Box:  The Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil 
(The Basilians - The Basilian Fathers )
Text Box: Honor is: a man’s gift to himself; the gift to himself which leads him to accept God’s Love for him.
Text Box: NATURAL DISASTERS AND PRAYER

New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have begun the hurricane season. For over an hundred years there has been a New Orleans tradition of praying what is known as “The Hurricane Prayer”, where intercessory protection of the Blessed Ever Virgin Mary is sought. And for all of those years, despite Hurricanes Betsy and Camille, people have acknowledged receipt of that protection.

But with the occurrence of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many believe their prayers for protection were not granted.

Receipt of that for which we pray often requires our participation in bringing the request to fruition. In the matter of protection from hurricanes, our part of our required participation is meaningful levee and flood protection programs, as well as proper management of coast lands, swamp, and marsh lands. This is done through government and government agencies, which are elected by and accountable to the general public.

For over forty years the general public has been complacent with elected officials who have dispensed public funds and favors to a select few while giving selected family and friends the opportunity to join them in feeding at the public trough. Because many voters and members of the general public  perceived some advantage in electing officials who were thought to be the type of people who would “dispense favors” (even though these “favors” were only “dispensed” to insiders), these officials and their associates have been continually elected and re-elected, with only occasionally there being an honest official elected. As a result, coast lands, swamps, marshes, and off 
shore islands which are the prime natu

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