I really enjoyed our daily Mass today. Father pretty much spoke of Purgatory, with good explanations of it, saying that the Church came up with this with the realization that we will need purgation in order to enter Heaven and to break our attachment to sin. He said it’s not in the New Testament. He also said that many years ago people thought more literally about Heaven and Hell, and that they envisioned Hell as literally a lake of fire, and Heaven literally a perfect form of the earthly city of Jeruselem. He said that nowadays we are not so literal in our thinking, but more think of Hell as total seperation from God, and Heaven a place or state of union with God. He also said that people choose Hell by their rejection of God.
I really like the doctrine of Purgatory. It makes sense to me. It’s one thing about the Catholic Church that convinces me that it holds the truth, because none of the other churches know about it, and I think it makes total sense. It’s logical.