Wednesday, June 9, 2010

St. Francis de Sales: Consoling Thoughts of Purgatory

"We may draw from the thought of Purgatory more consolation than apprehension. The greater part of those who dread Purgatory so much think more of their own interests than of the interests of God’s glory; this proceeds from the fact that they think only of the sufferings without considering the peace and happiness which are there enjoyed by the holy souls. It is true that the torments are so great that the most acute sufferings of this life bear no comparison to them; but the interior satisfaction which is there enjoyed is such that no prosperity nor contentment upon earth can equal it. The souls are in a continual union with God."

~ St. Francis de Sales, quoted from Purgatory by Fr. F. X. Shouppe, S.J. ~

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