Category Archives: purgatory

Utility of prayer for the departed

It is the traditional faith of Catholics that the souls in purgatory are not separated from the Church, and that the love which is the bond of union between the Church’s members should embrace those who have departed this life in God’s grace. Hence, since our prayers and our sacrifices can help those who are still waiting … Continue reading

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The Pains of Purgatory

There is in Purgatory, as in Hell, a double pain – the pain of loss and the pain of sense. The pain of loss consists in being deprived for a time the sight of God, who is the Supreme Good, … Continue reading

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Every Debt Must Be Paid

Once during the celebration of Holy Mass in the Church of St. Paul at Tre Fontane near Rome, St. Bernard saw an unending stairway which led up to Heaven.  By means of it many angels ascended and descended, carrying from … Continue reading

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Location of Purgatory

Doctrine of Theologians – Catechism of the Council of Trent – St. Thomas Although faith tells us nothing definite regarding the location of Purgatory, the most common opinion, that which most accords with the language of Scripture, and which is … Continue reading

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Purgatory 3

One suffers terribly In Purgatory souls suffer the pain of purification according to the needs of each one. There are those who have more debts and defects and those who have less. The intensity and the duration are perfectly measured, … Continue reading

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Purgatory 2

It is a Divine truth… From its first pages, Sacred Scripture speaks to us of the Jewish custom of praying for the dead. This custom necessarily expresses the existence of a place for departed souls which is neither in hell … Continue reading

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Purgatory

An excerpt from the Day by Day with Mary by Fr. Stefano M. Manelli, FI  If one dies in God’s grace, but has debts to expiate for the sins he has committed and still has defects from which he has … Continue reading

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