CHAPTER LXXIII: TWO HEARTS OF WIT & WISDOM
AN OPEN LETTER TO DR. BILLY GRAHAM
Greetings and Salutations!
Thank you for your very inspiring book "ANGELS--God's Secret Agents."
I read your informative book the first time in 1975, when it first came out. In fact I quoted from your volume as I spoke in some 7000 Catholic churches regarding Mary--the Mother of Jesus and about the Angels--.
The other day (16 years later) I picked up another copy of your ANGEL book at the Kiwanis Club. I started reading it all over again. 'Good thinking,' wouldn't you say? Yes, the rapidity with which we forget is astonishing. - - -
And--you know what? I found something you said in it, that was not according to hoyl. I didn't catch it at my first reading.
May I say in good faith: "Let us agree to disagree."
But please, don't feel too bad about that slip, because some priests at funeral sermons say, in effect, the same thing as you did.
Here it is:
You said on page 39, in the middle of that page:
"Redeemed men and women and children on earth have not yet been glorified. Once God declared them just and given them life, He embarks on a process of making them inwardly holy while they live here below.
AT DEATH GOD MAKES THEM PERFECT."
The padres speak often of this at the funeral sermons:
"And--the departed soul enters into God's Paradise--Jesus is waiting for them with open arms."
Now--let's take this example--to prove a point: Supposing Adolph Hitler at his death hour was converted, truly so. He had been guilty and responsible that over 6,000,000 Jews were tortured and killed. Over 40,000,000 people lost their lives in the 2nd World War, which he instigated, etc., etc.
So, according to the previous statement: 'At his death, God makes Hitler perfect.'
It just doesn't make sense. It doesn't fit.
Don't let's forget, Jesus said:
"You are to be perfect, as my Heavenly Father is perfect." Matt. 6/48. Also: "Nothing defiled enters into the Kingdom of Heaven."
Therefore it is self-evident, it is obvious--we have to be purified and enter into purgation--first, ridding ourselves of 'imputed guilt,' as the dictionary states it: the action of purging or clearing of imputed guilt.
So, actually, you just have to add one little phrase to your sentence, namely:
"At death God makes them perfect (how) by purifying the souls in Purgatory."
Please read the following article on this matter.