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Musings 2006/206

The requirement of Baptism
P  50   3   5  Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee,

unless a man be born again
of water and the Holy Ghost,
he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

50   3   6  That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. P John
This emphatic, clear-cut quotation from John's Gospel is The Church's teaching, yet The Universal Church is also the first to promote the Mercy of God and herein lies the consideration of The Church with regard to Limbo.
And so I contend that Limbo does indeed exist and will exist until the end, but that the permanence of souls that be therein, is conditional, differing altogether from the situation in Purgatory.
I further contend that this conditional permanence in Limbo - like Limbo itself - has not been given any consideration by Catholics nor anyone else.
Catholics have either believed that there is no release from Limbo or, in latter decades a minority (of real-Catholics) think that Limbo may not even exist.
There has been virtually no one therefore, who prays for the souls in Limbo. I know that some real-Catholics do pray for them but their number around the world would be of minute proportions.
And so, believing in the existence of Limbo and that its permanence is conditional, I have proposed the following prayer:-

P WE PRAY FOR ALL OF THE HOLY SOULS
IN PURGATORY AND LIMBO:
WE PRAY THAT, IN YOUR MERCY, THROUGH YOUR MERCY,
BY YOUR MERCY,
EACH AND EVERY ONE IS TRANSFERRED INTO
THE IMMEDIATE EMBRACE
OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
FOR PRESENTATION TO HER DIVINE SON,
AND THUS, TO THE MOST HOLY TRINITY.  P

(Refer to http://www.heartsare.com/page26.html for the full prayer.)
It is my further opinion that helping souls our of Limbo is far, far easier then helping souls out of Purgatory. They are there through no fault of their own. They are innocents who continue to bear the imprint of original sin. Yet they do not have the crown of Baptism.
Therefore it seems to me, to release a Holy Soul from Limbo is so very easy - so easy in fact, that a most sincere prayer would have astonishing results.
For those who feel that Limbo no longer exists, the words of Christ (see above) stating that without Baptism, no-one
will ... enter The Kingdom, then these people should reconsider,

for if the unbaptised
can not enter The Kingdom,
then Limbo is at least better then hell.

Our Father
This great prayer of Jesus Christ has been said by The Church from the first moment He gave it to us, up to this moment, and will be said until the end of time.
The more I muse upon this prayer, the more I think it relates to an era of Peace; and Era of Love - and so, The Era of The Spirit.
When Jesus said to pray
Lead us not into temptation, He was either talking about Heaven itself, where temptation does not exist, or He was talking about an era for the world where the devil and his horde no longer exist - they have been despatched to their own awful kingdom.
But He was not talking about Heaven, because He also included
Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Therefore Jesus was asking us to pray for an era where temptation does not exist and therefore, removal of the devil.
But even more then that - because mankind would still have
temptation (sex, money, power).
To be in a situation where there is no
temptation other things would have to change, also.
For example, man would have to have access to, and be conscious of,
Truth, because Truth is the ultimate Gift of God; for having Truth, creation and all its parts and movements would become understandable. Temptation to treachery before God would be scorned by men and women whose intellects have access to Truth.
Of course, The Universal Church contains the Treasury of Truth, and it would be She who gives Truth to the world, becoming the Light for the world.
On top of that, man would have to have the
insight, the ability and the desire to grasp Truth.
I can only see this happening if man were returned to the state given to Adam and Eve in Eden.
Removal of the devil would be an excellent start in this return journey, for that desired occurrence would be answer to the prayer
deliver us from evil.
Evil, as The Church teaches (in The Lord's Prayer), relates specifically to evil-personified, i.e. the devil.
Removal of the devil  does not necessarily include removal of the residues of
evil, the results of sin, which include disease, suffering, death, calamities of all sorts.
If man is to return to a similar state to that of Adam and Eve, and I think we will, then these calamities will also be removed.
The devil, it seems to me, will be removed by spiritual forces that come from God, by way of The Communion of Saints of which The Universal Church on earth is part, but the removal of the calamities that issued out of
evil will come by way of

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