Hello lovely people! Welcome to part 2 of this six part blog series on Purgatory. Last time we debunked Protestant arguments against Purgatory when we talked about how it is not only biblical, but also historical. You can find part one by clicking here.
- Historical evidence for Purgatory
- What the Catechism says about Purgatory
- Scriptural evidence for Purgatory
- What our Holy Experts say about Purgatory
- The Purgatory Museum
- Conclusion: How Does This Relate To Us?
Now let’s dive into part two! Shall we?
We can always look to the Catechism of the Catholic Church for clear explanations of what the Church believes, including what it believes about Purgatory. For Purgatory, there are three main points that it makes.
- Souls must be purified before entering Heaven. According to the Catechism:
“All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they must undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of Heaven” (CCC 1030).
Said in plain English, only souls free of sin may enter into Heaven. Since nearly all people who die do not do so without the stain of sin on their soul, it is necessary that there be a place of purification for them. We call this place Purgatory.
- In Purgatory souls experience great suffering. These souls know they are unworthy to be in the full presence and glory of their savior. They realize they have offended God, and have a deep longing to be with Him. However, in Purgatory, they are completely separated from God and this causes them great pain and suffering.
- Only by our prayers and sacrifices can a soul in Purgatory achieve eternal life (Catholic Church, Staples). Similar to the beliefs of the Jewish Maccabean army, (see part 1) Catholics believe these souls can do nothing to help themselves, and rely completely on our prayers to make penance for the stains of their sins (Staples). This is why it is so important that we pray for these souls always, especially at Mass.
To Be Continued…Part 3 Coming Soon…
Check out the what else the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about Purgatory paragraphs 1030-1032. Tell me what strikes you most about it. Have any questions about Purgatory? Comment below and we will try to answer them.