purgatory

Can anyone lessen my fear of Purgatory? Does suffering on earth help lessen my or others time in Purgatory? What does the church teach about Purgatory other than what is in the catechism?

Fear of Purgatory? What, exactly, are you afraid of? Be afraid of Hell. Purgatory is the first rung of Heaven’s ladder.

[quote=Mary Wayne]Can anyone lessen my fear of Purgatory? Does suffering on earth help lessen my or others time in Purgatory? What does the church teach about Purgatory other than what is in the catechism?
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Your suffering on earth can be used to reduce or eliminate your time in Purgatory so long as you offer your sufferings for that intention. Which is why many regard suffering on earth as a blessing rather than a punishment. I believe that it is better for us to satisfy our temportal punishment in this life rather than in the next. Thank God that Purgatory exists or most of us would never enter the gates of heaven.

[quote=Mary Wayne]Can anyone lessen my fear of Purgatory? Does suffering on earth help lessen my or others time in Purgatory? What does the church teach about Purgatory other than what is in the catechism?
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The best, first place to go when you have a question is to the main page of this website, Catholic Answers. Here is an article they have on Purgatory. If you do a search, you’ll find others:

catholic.com/library/Purgatory.asp

See this thread: forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=22727It’s about indulgences, which are the treasures of the church that the faithful can use to grow in holiness and avoid purgatory.

Purgatory is simply the waiting room for heaven. It is hell one must truly fear.

Gerry :slight_smile:

Purgatory Facts

You might be interested to know that Purgatory has a statewide population of 25007 and the average household income in Purgatory is 57581. Residents of Purgatory enjoy 25.8 degree weather in the month of January and 67.9 degree weather in the month of July. The median age in Purgatory is 34.08 and the average household size in Purgatory is 2.25.

The good news is there is good skiing in Purgatory.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist…I think SpaceGhost has had some effect on me.

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