The Purgatory Flu

For those of you whose kids have Mrs. Massery as their third grade teacher here in Pittsfield, you know she was out sick the previous week.

All I remember her doing last Sunday was serving us a beautiful roast about a half hour before the Baltimore Ravens roasted the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game.

She then went to her room to lay down and never got up again until the following Sunday.

The flu that took her down was so severe, with what she described as a banging headache, sore throat, upset stomach and dizziness, it seemed like something one wouldn’t wish on their worst enemy.

As I checked on her each day, I knew I was helpless to do much else for her than to promise to pray…(I did bring her juice, water and chicken broth from The Highland.)

I also noticed that she never let go of her rosary beads, (close your eyes Bible Christians, unless you understand who the New Testament Ark of the Covenant is).

The Hebrew word is Sheol, the Greek word is Hades…the Latin word is Purgatory.

They’re all the same place, where Christ went after His crucifixion, but before His resurrection, to speak to those in “prison;” 1 Peter 3:19,20.

In so many ways, when we endure great suffering on earth, we Catholics believe the wood, hay and stubble of 1 Corinthians 3:12 burns away, so all that’s left is gold, silver and precious stones.

When we refuse to praise God through our suffering, but complain…well, that’s where we may need more time to reflect…thus a place that might feel much like a Spiritual flu.

Embrace your suffering with Holy understanding that God is melting away your impurities…like my wife did…I am so proud of her.

You’re not being punished if you have hard times, you’re being perfected.


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