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    Saturday, October 07, 2006


    Based on what has been given us to know, Limbo is a probable place.

    Based on what we don't know, we can hope that God in his mercy accepts these
    children to heaven.

    We call them innocent children, but they are not since they also are covered
    in Original Sin.

    Since true for unbaptised children that were born, what about the aborted
    children? True also.

    The Church say nothing new here, other than 'we can hope'.

    Even though I believe the Church when she tells me that there is no
    reincarnation, that is given man to die once, and then the Judgement, I still
    have a strong attraction to something like reincarnation when it suits God's
    will. Not to sound too much like Mr. Clinton, it all depends upon what can be
    meant by 'die once'.

    It is very apparent that God does not care too much exactly when we die,
    young or old, but does care how we live on earth. A long life is stated as a blessing,
    but so are so many other things.

    When children die, their immortal soul is certainly available to whatever
    purpose God decides. Would it be so out of character for God to join that soul
    to another beginning earthly life? I don't think it would be out of character at

    We really do need to shed this late and fashionable idea that we are all
    going to heaven when we die. Revelations too numerous to list tell us that is not so.

    At the last funeral I attended, the Priest told us how loving the woman was..
    how she took in so many stray cats.. how she offered anyone visiting something
    to eat as soon as the came in the door.. how she's looking down on us from
    heaven. I don't know for sure, but I think the Gospel tells us it's a little
    harder than that.. a little harder than just being nice.

    Have we lived our life closer and closer to the God who made us? Does living
    with God in heaven drive our every thought and action? Have we left this earthly
    journey behind by taking a small step to heaven? That last step aided by pure Mercy.

    If not, then stray cats and quickly feeding all visitors won't cut it. But
    what wonders could God's mercy do for us then?

    The Church tells us this mercy lovingly places us in Purgatory which we can
    appreciate, but little understand.

    This earthly journey feels like a type of purgatory.. the fleshy kind. And if
    we find out someday that this is the real Purgatory, that souls are given
    another flesh to find God better again, would we be so surprised? I don't think
    so. It would seem like a genuine, kind love.

    So firstly I believe with the Church that there is no reincarnation as we understand it. Certainly not as other religions depend upon it, being reincarnated throughout the animal kingdom staring with ants.

    Secondly, I wonder what God is doing that we are not privy to. Something that
    keeps Revelation right, and reveals what mysteriously mixes in God's perfect love and justice, His will that all be saved, and his clear statements that all are not saved.

    Perhaps we can discuss this later, when we arrive there, and behold.

    How long will that be? Why is the 2nd coming taking so long?

    "Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little
    longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren should be


    The document "in no way means to lessen the urgency with which the church invites parents to have their children baptized," Father McPartlan said Oct. 6. "What we are trying to do is to say, 'What does the church say when confronted with the situation of an infant who has died without being baptized?' That and that alone is what prompted our document.

    "The answer is not a simplistic, 'Oh, don't worry; everything is fine,'" but rather that God's endless mercy, his love poured out in Jesus Christ and his desire to save all people gives a solid basis for hoping those children will be saved despite not having been baptized.

    Realizing some people could misinterpret the statement as saying that baptism is unnecessary for infants because they are incapable of sinning, the document reaffirms church teaching about the reality of original sin.

    The church believes that with the exception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus, every human being is born marked with the stain of original sin, which distances them from God.

    As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explained: "Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all men are called."


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