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Catholic Term of The Day - Purgatory

Did you know?  Purgatory is a place of temporal punishment. Kind of an unintended pit stop. Souls must be pure to be in heaven. Purgatory is where we go to be cleansed of any venial sins that may still be on our soul when we die. Or for any sin that have been forgiven, but the full force of the repentance wasn't there.

That temporal punishment is due to sin, even after the sin itself has been pardoned by God, is clearly the teaching of Scripture. God indeed brought man out of his first disobedience and gave him power to govern all things (Wisdom 10:2), but still condemned him "to eat his bread in the sweat of his brow" until he returned unto dust. God forgave the incredulity of Moses and Aaron, but in punishment kept them from the "land of promise" (Numbers 20:12). The Lord took away the sin of David, but the life of the child was forfeited because David had made God's enemies blaspheme His Holy Name (2 Samuel 12:13-14). In the New Testament as well as in the Old, almsgiving and fasting, and in general penitential acts are the real fruits of repentance (Matthew 3:8; Luke 17:3; 3:3). The whole penitential system of the Church testifies that the voluntary assumption of penitential works has always been part of true repentance and the Council of Trent (Sess. XIV, can. xi) reminds the faithful that God does not always remit the whole punishment due to sin together with the guilt. God requires satisfaction, and will punish sin, and this doctrine involves as its necessary consequence a belief that the sinner failing to do penance in this life may be punished in another world, and so not be cast off eternally from God.


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Asked by adnilm at 8:38 AM on Jul. 31, 2012 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Proofs
    New Testament - Matthew 12:32, 1Corinthians 3:11-15
    Old Testament - 2 Maccabees 12

    Comment by adnilm (original poster) at 8:41 AM on Jul. 31, 2012

  • I have always struggled with this concept.

    Answer by macbudsmom at 9:12 AM on Jul. 31, 2012

  • I think a lot of people do.

    Comment by adnilm (original poster) at 9:12 AM on Jul. 31, 2012

  • I thought purgatory was forever. Thanks for the info.

    Answer by meooma at 9:16 AM on Jul. 31, 2012

  • Oh no meooma, it's a temporary place

    Comment by adnilm (original poster) at 9:22 AM on Jul. 31, 2012

  • thanks for the info...but its hardly "clearly the teaching of scripture" when a large chunk of the worlds' Christians dont believe in it.

    Purgatory has also changed a lot over the past 600 years.

    Answer by okmanders at 1:33 PM on Jul. 31, 2012

  • How so okmanders? Catholics believe that their take on these things are complete truth. Or we wouldn't believe it

    Comment by adnilm (original poster) at 2:09 PM on Jul. 31, 2012

  • I do believe in Purgatory. I believe we have different expirences in the next life based how we live our lives here. I don't have an exact idea of what Purgatory looks like or feels like though.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 4:50 PM on Jul. 31, 2012

  • Dont know much about purgatory so thanks for the info.

    Answer by Alisim at 11:59 AM on Aug. 1, 2012

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