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My new book Seriously Dangerous is now endorsed (scroll down) by Subtle Tea thanks to David Hurrle, editor.

Seriously Dangerous by Helen Losse

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There is no “after” after death. Words like after and before belong to our mortal life, our life in time and space. Death frees us from the boundaries of chronology and brings us into God’s “time,” which is timeless. Speculations about the afterlife, therefore, are little more than just that: speculations. Beyond death there is no “first” and “later,” no “here” and “there,” no “past,” “present,” or “future.” God is all in all. The end of time, the resurrection of the body, and the glorious coming again of Jesus are no longer separated by time for those who are no longer in time.

For us who still live in time, it is important not to act as if the new life in Christ is something we can comprehend or explain. God’s heart and mind are greater than ours. All that is asked of us is trust.

Emphasis mine

Thus, the existence of Purgatory and going there does not conflict with “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”

Merton’s Voice: Truthfulness, sincerity, and fidelity are close kindred. Sincerity is fidelity to the truth. Fidelity is an effective truthfulness in our promises and resolutions. An inviolate truthfulness makes us faithful to ourselves and to God and to the reality around us: and, therefore, it makes us perfectly sincere.

Thomas Merton. No Man Is An Island (New York: Harvest Book, 1983) p. 191

Prayer: Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. NRSV Psalm 85:10-11.

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