Friday, October 22, 2010

St. Catherine of Genoa: Reproaches to Persons in This World

And thus this blessed Soul, illuminated by the divine ray, said: “Would that I could utter so
strong a cry that it would strike all men with terror, and say to them: O wretched beings! why are
you so blinded by this world that you make, as you will find at the hour of death, no provision for
the great necessity that will then come upon you?

“You shelter yourselves beneath your hope in the mercy of God, which you unceasingly exalt,
not seeing that it is your resistance to His great goodness which will be your condemnation. His
goodness should constrain you to His will, not encourage you to persevere in your own. Since His
justice is unfailing it must needs be in some way fully satisfied.

“Have not the boldness to say: ‘I will go to confession and gain a plenary indulgence and thus
I shall be saved.’ Remember that the full confession and entire contrition which are requisite to
gain a plenary indulgence are not easily attained. Did you know how hardly they are come by, you
would tremble with fear and be more sure of losing than of gaining them."

~ Excerpt from Treatise on Purgatory by St. Catherine of Genoa ~

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