On Time in Purgatory

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Very excited you are doing this. As far as questions, I would like to dig deep of the time frames of purgatory. I see there are indulgences taking 100’s of years off time in purgatory, but Cardinal Ratzinger wrote:

"The transforming 'moment' of this encounter cannot be quantified by the measurements of earthly time. It is, indeed, not eternal but a transition, and yet trying to qualify it as of “short” or “long” duration on the basis of temporal measurements derived from physics would be naive and unproductive."



Is it therefore possible purgatory, in light of 1st Corinthians 3, is a moment of purgation rather than a tremendous amount of time?

"…it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire."

Time is an altogether different critter on the “other side”. Linear time is a consequence of original sin. The Church used to teach everything about purgatory in terms of linear time, and most catechists still do. The reason for that is, the average Joe Sixpack understands linear time better than eternity. But in reality, “time” in purgatory is more a matter of intensity. I told a true story about this in yesterday’s webinar. So it’s the intensity of the punishment that makes it appear to be time. But this is mere speculative theological thought, as Our Lady of Fatima clearly told the children that some people would be there until the end of time.
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