|A soul in Purgatory|
Our celebrated historian, Joseph von Gorres, whilom Professor at the University of Munich, discusses these matters at inordinate, but not unusual, length in his classic work. Speaking of a devil who had no back, he says : " It is a curious circumstance that evil spirits should possess only a front side and lack the back side. That would appear to result from the peculiar optics of a certain grade of the lower vision, inasmuch as things project themselves only picturewise." In another place he discusses the influence of constellations upon men, and denies that the demoniacal influences of the constellations are direct, " because no star left the hand of its Creator with a demoniacal stamp. ... As every cosmic illness becomes more acute with the growing moon, so every demoniacal illness." Such doctrines are as common among our intellectual leaders as blackberries in season, but as they are not scientific, it is misleading to allow them to be taught as such. Professor Bantz, in Miinster, a State Catholic University with Faculties, lectured two years ago on " The Last Judgment, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven." He is an authority on the subject, having published dissertations on these four last things, and his professional position consecrates his claims to be treated as a scientific light. He says, "
With respect to the real duration of Purgatory, it lasts, according to Marina de Escobar, twenty, forty, fifty years, or longer. Catherine Emmerich speaks of souls who had to spend hundreds of years in Purgatory. . . . The venerable Bernard Colnago, of the Society of Jesus, saw, in Rome, a soul that had already endured its punishment for forty-three years on one of the streets, . . .
Francisca of the Holy Sacrament saw a continuous going and coming of poor souls. They appeared to her now fiery, now coal-black and emitting sparks. ... In face of such a total of facts, it matters little whether one or two of them should be found to be open to criticism"
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