Fr. Shannon Collins - Purgatory, the Perfecting Fire - IHM National Conference Notes

"It's hard to live as a Catholic, but it's better to die as one," quoted Fr. Shannon Collins during his 2nd talk at the IHM National Conference.

His talk was entitled,  Homeschooling: Doing Your Purgatory on Earth
Here are some bullet notes from that talk.  To hear it in its entirety, on and after August 1st  you can find  audio of it HERE, along with other talks from this 2-day Catholic homeschooling/parenting conference.  

*  Jews and Christians have always prayed for the dead, so there must be a place where they benefit from the prayers.  Hell is a choice that can not be changed once chosen and in the perfection of heaven, prayers are not needed. Purgatory is that place where those who have died and need purification are assured of heaven.

*  Those in purgatory can not pray for themselves, but they can pray for us. 

*  The modern world has lost its sense of sin and denies it exists. The need for reparation is completely rejected. But we are called to "take up our cross" and offer up in atonement for our sins.  When we accept our sufferings they become of use, beneficial.

*  There is a hell.  Jesus made many mentions of it... especially mentioning, in Matthew, the sins against the Holy Ghost that can not be forgiven.

*  Only the purest of pure see God in heaven...stain and sin can not be in heaven and so for those with certain offenses and damage to repair from those sins, a purifying fire is needed.

*  Moses failed in one area and was not allowed into the Holy Land. That's imagery of purgatory.

*  We have seasons of penance, Advent and Lent and priests give us penance for our confessed sins.

*  The temporary prison, the Lord tells us to settle our debts now.  

*  The God who told us to be perfect as our Father in Heaven is perfect wants to make us perfect.  Not a vengeful God, but a merciful and just one.

*  We deal with transforming ourselves on earth where our suffering is beneficial, profitable.

* If a target is well off in the distance, we must aim high.

* Offering up here has value to the souls in purgatory, they are at the final door. They are at the highest level before heaven. They are our models as they hunger and desire after God.

Fr. Shannon Collins was born in 1964 and is a native of Cohasset, MA. After undergraduate and graduate work in history and education, he taught in Catholic schools for a number of years. Having completed his seminary training at St. Philip Neri Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, he was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 2000.

Father has been a very strong proponent of Catholic homeschooling and, over the years, a very popular speaker at numerous Catholic homeschooling conferences across the United States. He has appeared on EWTN and had previously served as chaplain for the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. Father is currently a traditional religious priest under Bishop Roger Foys of Covington, Kentucky.

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