We have all at one time or another heard it said,..'don't be so judgemental!' or the less famous, 'who are you to judge me?' Well,.suffice to say that our relativistic post modern world only seems to take this statement only if it comes across going against the majority status quo. Two Sundays ago, Jack Layton, leader of the NDP in Canada passed away.
- Réquiem ætérnam dona ei Dómine;
et lux perpétua lúceat ei.
Requiéscat in pace.
So began the media barrage led by the socialist forces 'en masse' lining up to canonize 'Le bon Jack.' The question must be asked,..who has the right to judge where the soul went? The answer, only God. Death by definition is the reduction of a composite being into its component parts,.ie, body and soul. The soul is immediately judged (particular judgement) and is accorded its state of being, whether Heaven or Hell. The souls in purgatory are assured their place in Heaven but are undergoing a final purification before entering the Beatific Vision. (1 Peter 3:19; 4:6,.or 1 Corinthians 3:14–15). The body on the other hand, decomposes in the ground until it is made anew, in the final Ressurection. This Ressurection is of the 'just' and 'unjust' alike. When at the end of time we, united once again body and soul face final judgement. Final Judgement is different in the sense that God will show us the impact of the sins we committed, how far it affected mankind.
So Jack Layton died and according to some(most) is now in Heaven. Well,..who are we to judge? Instead of praying for the repose of his soul,.Canadians canonized him and decided that he merited Heaven(maybe he received the anointing of the sick?). Isn't God the only one who can judge? One thing we can appreciate about Layton is that he believed in his cause. He did some good and was extremely compassionate to the lower middle class. Yet, how soon the media forgot to mention that he was a staunch supporter of on-demand abortion rights and was instrumental in pushing forth the gay agenda. I think you can understand my point.
No one knows for sure where anyone is. Whether its grandma or the milkman, our duty as Catholics to present the soul to God and ask that God show His infinite mercy upon said soul. Irony, is that it took nearly 100years before Brother Andre was officially canonized, it Jack Layton seemed to have bypassed the necessary miracles associated with canonization and was instantly granted the vision of God. The next time you have a Mass said for the repose of a soul,..whether a family member or otherwise,.remember why we have the Mass said. It is because we can speculate that the soul is in purgatory and that the Mass being offered will bring that soul closer to the Beatific Vision. If the soul were in Heaven already, we would not need to offer a Mass for that person, again, whether it be grandma, grandpa or the just the guy down the street. Jack Layton, may you rest in peace.
Sacred Heart of Jesus,......Have mercy on us!