Purgatory

PSALMS 141

8 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the just wait for me, until thou reward me.

ECCLESIASTICUS 7

37 A gift hath grace in the sight of all the living: and restrain not grace from the dead.

ECCLESIASTICUS 24

45 I will penetrate to all the lower parts of the earth and will behold all that sleep, and will enlighten all that hope in the Lord.

DANIEL 12

10 Many shall be chosen and made white and shall be tried as fire: and the wicked shall deal wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand: but the learned shall understand.

ZACHARIAS 9

11 Thou also, by the blood of thy testament, hast sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.

ST. MATTHEW 5

26 Amen I say to thee, thou shalt not go out from thence till thou repay the last farthing.

ST. MATTHEW 12

32 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come.

Ver. 32. Nor in the world to come. From these words St. Augustine (De Civ. Dei, lib. 21, c. 13) and St. Gregory (Dialog., 4, c. 39) gather that some sins may be remitted in the world to come; and, consequently, that there is a purgatory or a middle place.

1 CORINTHIANS 3

12 Now, if any man build upon this foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble: 13 Every man's work shall be manifest. For the day of the Lord shall declare it, because it shall be revealed in fire. And the fire shall try every man's work, of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide, which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work burn he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

Chap.3. ver. 12. Upon this foundation. The foundation is Christ and his doctrine: or the true faith in him, working through charity. The building upon this foundation, gold, silver, and precious stones, signifies the more perfect preaching and practice of the gospel; the wood, hay, and stubble, such preaching as that of the Corinthian teachers (who affected the pomp of words and human eloquence) and such practice as is mixed with much imperfection and many lesser sins. Now the day of the Lord and his fiery trial (in the particular judgment immediately after death) shall make manifest of what sort every man's work has been: of which, during this life, it is hard to make a judgment. For them, the fire of God's judgment shall try every man's work. And they, whose works, like wood, hay and stubble, cannot abide the fire, shall suffer loss, these works being found to be of no value; yet they themselves, having built upon the right foundation (by living and dying in the true faith and in the state of grace, though with some imperfection), shall be saved, yet so as by fire; being liable to this punishment, by reason of the wood, hay and stubble, which was mixed with their building.

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