[quote=book: Catholicism for Dummies page 288] Purgatory isn’t considered a spiritual jail or hell with parole. And Catholicism DOES NOT teach that everyone goes to purgatory.
So NOT everyone goes to purgatory. Also, purgatory is NOT a jail or hell. So what is it???
[quote=book: Catholicism of Dummies page 289] It may help to think of purgatory in terms of a major operation to save a life. Say a doctor performs surgery on someone’s heart or brain and removes a cancerous tumor. The surgery achieves the main objective, but the wound needs to heal, and the incision needs to be cleaned and rebandaged. Purgatory is like that secondary part of the recovery— the healing, cleaning, and bandaging.
So this means that Christ passion was the surgery and it work. It was successful and it did the job. There will be a 100% recovery! However, the person still needs to recover and heal. Purgatory is the recovering stage.
One last note:
[quote=book: Catholicism for Dummies page 291]Catholics DO NOT see purgatory as a place of pain or torment. Instead it’s considered a place of expectant joy, although suffering occurs from the temporary distance… You can hear the joy and merriment of (heaven), smell the foods, and hear the music and laughter, but you can’t see any faces or distinguish voices or aromas. You’re close but yet far enough away to feel the pain of not being in (heaven). Yet you know that you ARE NOT ready yet. Your clothes are dirty and wrinkled, your hair’s a mess, and you need to shave and brush your teeth. Why all this preparation? Well Catholic believe that God and heaven are worth it.
So it’s more of a dressing room or back stage of a concert. You are there it’s your big moment, you can go on stage (heaven), but you are just not ready to do it.
Also everyone in Purgatory will go to Heaven!!!
I highly suggest that you read the book: Catholicism for Dummies
Book: Catholicism for Dummies
Authors: Rev. John Trigilio Jr and Rev. Kenneth Brighenti
Published by: Wiley Publishing Inc (2003)
Catholicism for Dummies will answer a lot of questions and explain a lot of things regarding Catholicism. Plus it’s an easy to read format!!! A big plus!!!