Purgatory is a state of being where we are loved intensely by God. In literature, the constant and unconditional love of one person heals and transforms another. If that is true in human relationships, then it is central to the grace relationship, our baptismal union with Christ, and our penitential and Eucharistic life in Christ.
Conversion will be completed beyond death.
God’s purifying love embraces the souls detained in the merciful process of Purgatory. Never can they be lost.
There, in the ‘ante-room to heaven’, they are certainly saved. But there they must be ‘detained’ to be purified, refined, and enabled to adjust and be prepared for the full enjoyment of the Beatific Vision and the glory of eternal resurrection.
From the Catholic Catechism…
III. THE FINAL PURIFICATION, OR PURGATORY
1030 All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.
1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.606 The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:607
As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.608
1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: "Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin."609 From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.610 The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead:
Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.611
Hello Andruschak…I dont think anything in the article contradicts the Catechism? Purgatory is indeed a cleansing ‘fire’ as the article states - it is a purification and act of God’s Loving Mercy and those in Purgatory do know that they are destined for Heaven.
I am not too sure whether you meant to challenge anything in the article, or posted what you have in order to share what the Catechism has to say about Purgatory?
Blessings and regards…Barb:)
It took me a lot of years to realize that. :o
Just to share. We do have some non-Catholics in the forum, and Purgatory seems to be one of the things that gets misunderstood. It helps to quote the catechism at times. That’s all.:shrug:
Hello Joe…It took me a lot of years too and I dont think we would be alone alone.
Blessings and my regards…Barb:)