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Passing Through Purgatory on the Way to Heaven
Purgatory is a sign of God's mercy on those who have honestly
sought to know God and to do His will in this life and yet die
with the effects of sin or some bondage to sin. Jesus redeemed
us and overcame our sins, but He did not remove the results of
our sins; He has the power to make us perfect, but He did not
make us perfect. Can you imagine what Heaven would be like if
those who are saved went there with all of their defects and bad
The Bible, Sacred Tradition, and long-held doctrines of the
Catholic Church affirm that Heaven and Hell exist; they also
teach that there is a temporary place or condition, called
"Purgatory," which some or many souls must pass through prior to
entering Heaven. The term "Purgatory" is not found in the Bible;
but neither are other such important Christian beliefs such as
"Trinity" and "Incarnation" or even the word "Bible" or the
mandate to produce a Bible. Those who go through Purgatory know
they are on their way to Heaven. They experience the great joy
of knowing God exists and they must be perfected before entering
into the presence of the Divine Majesty, the awesome and eternal
vision of God.
- Mt 5:25-26 - "Make friends quickly with your accuser,
while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand
you over to the judge.... you will never get out till you have
paid the last penny." COMMENTARY: The meaning of this text
is obscure unless it is applied to Purgatory. This text does not
apply to Hell since Hell is permanent and never-ending. If we do
not become purified in this life, we will become purified in
Purgatory if we still need to be purified.
- Mt 12:32 - "And whoever speaks a word against the Son of
Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit
will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come."
COMMENTARY: Jesus implies that some sins can be forgiven in
the next life. In Hell, no one can be saved; in Heaven, all
souls are already saved. Only in Purgatory will the souls
needing purification be purified. This text is unclear unless it
is applied to Purgatory.
- Lk. 16:22-25 - "The rich man also died and was buried;
and in Hades [place of the dead, retribution, or repayment],
being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off
and Lazarus in his bosom. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham,
have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger
in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’
But Abraham said, ‘Son... between us and you a great chasm has
been fixed..." COMMENTARY: The rich man is probably NOT in
Hell because he would be cut off completely from God and His
holy ones. People in Hell do not beg for mercy because they are
already condemned; they only want to destroy souls, not save
them. They would not call Abraham "Father", because their
only father is Satan; Abraham would not call him
- 1 Cor 3:11-15 - "For no one can lay a foundation other
than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. If anyone
builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones,
wood, hay, or straw, the work of each will come to light, for
the Day will disclose it. It will be revealed with fire, and the
fire (itself) will test the quality of each one's work. If the
work stands that someone built upon the foundation, that person
will receive a wage. But if someone's work is burned up, that
one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as
through fire. COMMENTARY: In Hell, no one can be
saved; in Heaven, all souls are already saved. In Purgatory, the
souls there are saved but will be purified "only as through
fire." Our destiny will be revealed on the Day of our Judgment.
- Col 1:24 - "Even now I find joy in the suffering I
endure for you. In my own flesh I fill up what is lacking in the
sufferings of Christ for the sake of his body, the church."
COMMENTARY: If souls have not learned on earth that they
can and should unite their suffering with the sufferings of
Jesus, they will learn this in Purgatory.
- Heb 11:39-40 - "Yet all these, though approved because
of their faith, did not receive what had been promised. God had
foreseen something better for us, so that without us they should
not be made perfect." COMMENTARY: St. Paul mentions many of
the holy leaders who lived before him, then he said the Messiah
did not come to them but he came in the divine person of Jesus.
He also said they would be made perfect because they had to wait
for the Messiah. For some of them, this waiting time may have
involved Purgatory where they would have been made perfect.
- Heb 12:6,10,29 - "For whom the Lord loves, he
disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges.... but he
does so for our benefit, in order that we may share his
holiness.... For our God is a consuming fire." COMMENTARY:
The fire of God’s love burns away all impurity.
- 1 Pet 1:7 - "The genuineness of your faith, more
precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by
fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the
revelation of Jesus Christ." COMMENTARY: Fire
suggests suffering, and suffering brings us into union with
Jesus Christ. We must imitate Him, as St. Paul says: "...if
we are children, we are heirs as well: heirs of God, heirs with
Christ, if only we suffer with Him so as to be glorified with
Him." (Rom 8:17)
- 1Pet. 4: 12-13 - "Do not be surprised, beloved, that
a trial by fire is occurring in your midst. It is a test for
you, but it should not catch you off guard. Rejoice instead, in
the measure that you share Christ’s sufferings. When his glory
is revealed, you will rejoice exultantly..." COMMENTARY:
If we do not become purified in this life, we will become
purified in Purgatory if we have been saved. The meaning of this
text can be applied not only to this life, but also to
- 1Jn 5:17 - "There is sin that is not deadly."
COMMENTARY: Therefore, it is possible to die with non-deadly
sin, especially in the case of sudden death. Purgatory purifies
this non-deadly sin in those who have been saved.
- Rev 21:27 - "...nothing unclean will enter it (City of
God)..." COMMENTARY: The gift of Purgatory is for the souls
needing it and anything unclean will be burned away by the fire
of God’s love.
BOOK OF MACCABEES:
From the Catholic Bible which has 7
more books (plus parts of Daniel and Esther) than other
Christian Bibles because Jesus used these books in the Greek
language. The Greek translation was the most popular at the time
of Jesus who spoke Greek and Aramaic. (Hebrew was a dying
language at the time.) Also the Early Church Fathers quoted from
these 7 books. 2 MAC 12:42-46 SAYS:
supplication, they prayed that the sinful deed might be fully
blotted out. The noble Judas warned the soldiers to keep
themselves free from sin, for they had seen with their own eyes
what had happened because of the sin of those who had fallen. He
then took up a collection among all his soldiers... which he
sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. In
doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way... for if
he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have
been useless and foolish to pray for them in death.... it was a
holy and pious thought. Therefore, HE [JUDAS MACCABEUS]
MADE ATONEMENT FOR THE DEAD, THAT THEY MIGHT BE DELIVERED FROM
THEIR SIN." [See also: Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, 50-51]
How do we become perfect? For
many people, the answer is Purgatory
- The grace of God saves us but we MUST still be purified
Lv 19:2 - "Speak to the whole Israelite community and
tell them: ‘Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.’" -
HOW DO WE APPROACH THE HOLINESS OF GOD?
Mt 5:48 - "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father
is perfect." - WHO ON EARTH IS PERFECT?
Mt 19:21 - Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect,
go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will
have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me." - WHO ON
EARTH IS ABLE TO BE DETACHED FROM EVERYTHING IN ORDER TO TRUST
Rom 12:2 - "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of
this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is–his
good, pleasing and perfect will." - HOW DO WE CONFORM OUR
WILL TO GOD’S PERFECT WILL?
1 Cor 1:10 - "I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of
our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so
that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be
perfectly united in mind and thought." - HOW DO WE ALL
BECOME PERFECTLY UNITED IN MIND AND THOUGHT?
1 Pet 1:15-16 - "As he who called you is holy, be holy
yourselves in every aspect of your conduct, for it is written,
‘Be holy because I (am) holy.’" - HOW DO WE BECOME HOLY IN
Eph 5:3 - Immorality or any impurity or greed must not
even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among holy ones..."
- HOW DO WE ELIMINATE ALL IMMORALITY, IMPURITY, AND GREED?
Phil 2:5, 8 - "Your attitude must be that of Christ . .
. it was thus that He humbled Himself, obediently accepting even
death, death on a cross!" - HOW DO WE BECOME AS HUMBLE AS
1 Jn 4 - "There is no fear in love. But love drives out
fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears
is not made perfect in love." - HOW DO WE DRIVE OUT ALL FEAR
AND BECOME PERFECT IN LOVE?
The Constant Faith of the
Church Affirms the Belief in Purgatory.
From the earliest days, specific prayers have
always been said at every Mass for those who have died.
From the earliest of times, the Fathers of the Church taught
the existence of Purgatory: Tertullian (Rome, 160 - 220?),
Origen (Alexandria, 185 - 254?), Cyprian (Carthage, 200 - 258),
Ambrose (Tier, 340 - 397), Augustine (Numidia, 354 - 430), Basil
(Caesarea, 329 - 379), Gregory of Nazianzus (in Cappadocia, 329
- 389), John Chrysostom (Antioch, 349 - 407), Gregory the Great
(Rome, 540 - 604), and others.
The first Christians made inscriptions in the Catacombs under
Rome where thousands of early Christian martyrs were buried.
They knew the dead benefitted from prayers and this was a
tradition as fully valid as the other Christian traditions that
St. Paul referred to when he said in 1 Cor. 11:2: "I praise
you because you always remember me and are holding to the
traditions just as I handed them on to you." St. Paul also
wrote in 2 Thes. 2:15: "Stand firm and hold fast to the
traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or
by letter..." Even the Bible comes to us from tradition: In
the 300s and 400s, Catholic bishops approved the list or Canon
of books to be included in the Bible, choosing from the many,
holy manuscripts that were preserved and copied by the monks in
Catholic monasteries for many generations. Since the Canon of
books was approved, the Bible has remained constant until today,
except for minor changes made by other Christian Churches
starting in the 1500s.
Why was Jesus not more clear about the existence of
Purgatory? St. John says that not everything from Jesus is
recorded in Scripture (Jn. 21:25). The people in His time may
have taken for granted that Purgatory existed. Or Jesus may have
thought they could not bear to hear about it yet, because He
said at the last supper: "I have much more to tell you, but
you cannot bear it now" (Jn. 16:12). They could not bear to
hear about His true presence in the Eucharist for "many of
His disciples returned to their former way of life" (Jn.
6:66). Purgatory is a gift to those who need it: Everyone should
believe in it and/or pray for the dead so their time in
Purgatory will be shortened. We have nothing to lose but much to
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