"Let us suppose that in the whole world there were but one loaf to
appease the hunger of every creature, and that the bare sight of
it would satisfy them. Now man, when in health, has by nature the
instinct for food, but if we can suppose him to abstain from it
and neither die nor yet lose health and strength, his hunger would
clearly become increasingly urgent.
"In this case, if he knew that nothing but the loaf would satisfy
him, and that until he reached it his hunger could not be
appeased, he would suffer intolerable pains, which would increase
as his distance from the loaf diminished; but if he were sure that
he would never see it, his hell would be as complete as that of
the damned souls, who, hungering after God, have no hope of ever
seeing the bread of life.
"But the souls in purgatory have an assured hope of seeing him and
of being entirely satisfied; and therefore they endure all hunger
and suffer all pain until that moment when they enter into eternal
possession of this bread, which is Jesus Christ, our Lord, our
Saviour, and our Love."