Our incredible Catholic Faith: man writing in AD 1135 asks prayers of those 1000 years hence July 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Interior Life, manhood, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
I found the neatest thing in someone’s twitter feed. It’s a twitter upload of a photo by a Marc Morris, who was reading a modern copy of the writings of Henry of Huntingdon, and Englishman who lived during the 12th century. He was obviously a very pious Catholic man (or who knows, by the standards of that time, when spectacular piety was much more commonplace, he may have simply been average- that is how far we have fallen!). He was also quite imaginative. As you will see in the pic below, he wonders whether anyone might read his writings 1000 years hence – that is, in AD 2135. If so, he implores their prayers:
I love his further faith – if you pray for me, even 1000 years on, perhaps someone will pray for you even further thousands of years in the future. Now that is an awesome Faith! And you know what, I have added him to the list of deceased souls I pray for. Marc Morris, whoever he may be, has also done quite an act of spiritual mercy.
Should we not be entering eschatological times, maybe someone will find this blog in the year 2500 and pray for me! Please do! I surely need your prayers, and since prayers work out of time, prayers made hundreds of years from now might be the prayers that make final satisfaction for the temporal debt due to my sins, and yet free me far in advance of that temporal date.
Side note: I have seen a lot of people oddly limit God with regard to time. In fact, the post-conciliar changes made to indulgences are of this same limiting mindset. They say, well, God is outside of time, therefore, there can be no time in Purgatory or whatever, so a time reference to an indulgence has no basis. But I am not so sure. Our God is omnipotent. Just because He exists out of time, does not mean supernatural constructs of His like Purgatory must do so. There could be a temporal component as we understand here on earth, even a duality, where angels enter in and out of something like an earthly time reference in these various supernatural abodes, but there are other aspects – doorways, if you will – that are “out of time.” At various points in history, God Himself has entered in and out of human time here on earth, so that doesn’t seem impossible.
That’s one reason why I think the early definitions of indulgences – that they literally merited “time off” in Purgatory – were not necessarily incorrect. These attempts at hard, “scientific” definitions of God, His abodes, and His behavior, I think are another deleterious influence of the endarkenment/rationalism. It’s trying to ascribe scientific “law” to God’s behavior, and in a sense, circumscribe the limits of His omnipotence. Bzzz. Wrong.
Or has such been theologically disproven? If it has, I’ve never seen evidence of that.