I am completly confused on this. After death does the soul sleep to be resurrected in mass as a group at the last Judgment? Or does the soul go directly to Purgatory then Heaven in it’s own time or directly to hell?
When a person dies, the individual is judged at that time (the particular judgement) and their soul (which is immortal and therefore continues to exist) goes according to that judgement either to hell or to purgatory (and then on to heaven) or straight to heaven. That is immediate, we will be in heaven(or on the way) or hell in our spirits, quite aware of our circumstances. At the end of time, we will again face our judgement, but now it will be in front of everyone, in our own bodies. The bodies will be resurrected bodies, but they will be most definitely “our” bodies, not new ones. When Christ rose from the dead, it was the one and same body that had been tortured and crucified. He was the first, we will follow him.
One question for directly above poster. Whatever happened to Limbo for unbaptized infants. Has the Church deleted this from the options? Dan
[quote=dancus]One question for directly above poster. Whatever happened to Limbo for unbaptized infants. Has the Church deleted this from the options? Dan
The new Catechism is rather silent on Limbo. Try these links
Pergatory could be just your life flashing before you - re living all your sins and instantly receiving forgiveness, then entering heaven quickly as in that Irish blessing that goes, “…a half hour before the devil knows your dead…”
When each of us dies, our souls are immediately taken to the presence of God and judged. This is called the Particular Judgment. At this point we begin our eternal destiny. If we are going to hell, our souls go directly there. If we are deemed worthy of heaven, our souls will go directly to heaven, or if we are going to heaven but are in need of purification, we may go to Purgatory first (everyone in Purgatory will eventually go to heaven). Whatever our fate, our souls will stay there until the end of time.
At the Second Coming at the end of time, those Christians still alive will be taken to heaven (what some Protestants think of as of the rapture). Then will occur the General Judgment. At that time the living and the dead will be reunited with their bodies and brought together in God’s presence and judged before all. Those who have already been judged in the Particular Judgment will be brought from wherever their souls were -heaven, hell or Purgatory-- and have their judgment confirmed before all.
After this, time and Purgatory will be no more and all will enter with their souls and bodies into their eternal destiny, either hell or heaven. As stated above, Limbo is/was a theological speculation that has never been a part of official Church teaching.
This is an extremely bare-bones sketch, so if you want to get the details, see the four articles I linked below:
[quote=Little Mary]Pergatory could be just your life flashing before you - re living all your sins and instantly receiving forgiveness, then entering heaven quickly as in that Irish blessing that goes, “…a half hour before the devil knows your dead…”
How wonderful that might be were it true…who knows? There have been a few saints who have had private revelations of Purgatory that would be counter to that notion. Blessed Mother in some of her messages to those she has reveled herself to has asked for our prayers for the souls in Purgatory. That would seem to think that they were there for awhile.
“Limbo” mean that we don’t know. When something is “in limbo” it means that it is up in the air, uncertain.
The Bible teaches that Baptism is necessary. That is a truth taught by the Bible and by the Church, and is not up for discussion. What the Church says is that we don’t know about the unbaptized children…
Would God in his mercy and in justice exclude innocent children from heaven and send them to hell? But then, we all acknowledge that no one deserves to go to heaven. Being born human does not entitle us to salvation (to see God face to face and to be in his presence forever). But we also know that God is merciful and just. We, with our mortal minds, cannot reconcile what seems to be unreconcilable. The Church says that we simply don’t know, that it has not been revealed to us. We don’t presume on God’s mercy, so we do what we can to baptize all children as soon as possible, especially those in danger of death.
Some theologians proposed that God would place them in a state of natural happines, but not in heaven. Kinda like being in eden before the fall. That is the most commonly held idea of “limbo”