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I know I promised a post on peace, but I just wanted to share this:

Our souls demand Purgatory, don’t they? Would it not break the heart if God said to us, ‘It is true, my son, that your breath smells and your rags drip with mud and slime, but we are charitable here and no one will upbraid you with these things, nor draw away from you. Enter into the joy’? Should we not reply, ‘With submission, sir, and if there is no objection, I’d rather be cleaned first.’ ‘It may hurt, you know’ – ‘Even so, sir.’

I assume that the process of purification will normally involve suffering. Partly from tradition; partly because most real good that has been done me in this life has involved it. But I don’t think the suffering is the purpose of the purgation. I can well believe that people neither much worse nor much better than I will suffer less than I or more. . . . The treatment given will be the one required, whether it hurts little or much.

My favorite image on this matter comes from the dentist’s chair. I hope that when the tooth of life is drawn and I am ‘coming round’,’ a voice will say, ‘Rinse your mouth out with this.’ This will be Purgatory. The rinsing may take longer than I can now imagine. The taste of this may be more fiery and astringent than my present sensibility could endure. But . . . it will [not] be disgusting and unhallowed.”

– C.S. Lewis, Letters To Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer

Many Protestants do not realize just how Catholic C.S. Lewis was. Though he was of the Protestant tradition: Anglican Catholicism (church of England), when you really delve into his writings and not just his mainstream fiction, you see a theologian that fought for the Sacraments and for Catholic doctrine. Actually, its been said that if you’ve ever read Lewis, you have read St. Thomas Aquinas – the father of Catholic Doctrine…fancy, that.

Stay tuned for the post on peace coming in the next week.

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