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Thursday, July 28, 2011


What might Purgatory be like for Catholic bloggers? Let's face it - most of us will have to spend time there before crossing the threshold of the Pearly Gates. More than likely, few souls gain Heaven immediately upon death - so those who don't and are not condemned to Hell have to suffer through Purgatory first. Any attachment to sin harbored within our souls will need to be purged before we can be admitted. It's how it goes.

And no one knows for certain how Purgatory works. St Paul writes in the 1st Letter to the Corinthians “if any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.” (1 Cor 3:15) Also, some of the saints have been granted visions of it, but those are private revelations, and while they can be instructive and inspirational, they aren't part of Revealed Truth. Saint Faustina, Saint Catherine of Genoa and others have had visions - they speak of fire, of longing, of consolations. We believe that the prayers of the Church Militant help to shorten the experience of those being purified.

But it all sounds so same ol', same ol', y'know? Maybe Catholic bloggers will have to endure sufferings that are a bit more...I don't know, personal. Custom-fit.

For instance - and I'm just imagining here -

* LarryD - transcribe every issue of the National Catholic Reporter onto strips of bark using a piece of charcoal.
* Fr Z - drink instant coffee while blogging on a 386...with a dial-up connection.
* Mark Shea - chained at the ankle with Michael Voris (that could work both ways, I suppose).
* The writers at The American Catholic - recite every Vox Nova post in Shakespearean prose.
* Creative Minority Report - Pat and Matt are brothers. They live in New York and Philly, respectively. They co-author a blog. That's probably penance enough in this life for each.
* Wordpress users - forced to use the Blogger format.
* Blogger format users - forced to use...the Blogger format.

What's your Bloggurgatory going to be?

UPDATE: For a longer and even funnier list, check out The Curt Jester.