Hi all! Although I realize this question truly has no answer, I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion or idea. My grandfather passed away a few months ago. He was a beautiful person who, while having faith, was never a terribly spiritual person. He was born and raised Catholic. While he did believe, I don't think he ever embraced his faith deeply.
Last night, my dad was "visited" by my grandfather in a dream. My dad has a VERY deep and devout faith in God. He said that my grandfather was dressed in a very white robe and that his face glowed white as well. He approached my dad and said, "I don't know what to do." My dad told him that it was purgatory and that he should "follow the others." My grandfather said okay and walked away. Whether or not this visit was actually a gift from God, my dad will never know. What is striking to me is that my dad is the exact person my grandfather would have gone to in a situation like this. (My dad is his son-in-law).
Purgatory has always puzzled me. What is it? How does it work? etc. This experience of my father's (if it was indeed a real experience) only adds to my confusion. While I would rejoice at my grandfather being robed in white and being in purgatory at all, I can't help but wonder why purgatory would be confusing to someone. I know that while he lived, my grandfather would have been clueless as to what purgatory truly was (most of us probably are.) I had always asumed that once we entered purgatory we would know exactly what was happening. Maybe this entire experience was nothing more than a dream, or maybe purgatory isn't as cut and dry as I had always figured it would be.
It's food for thought anyways. If you have some insight into purgatory, I would love to hear it.