Monday, January 11, 2010
Quick Thought: What is "Purgatory"?
Purgatory is a place of purification, where those who die in God's friendship but not in a state of grace, undergo a cleansing before entering the kingdom of Heaven.
"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... The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 1030,1031
Revelation 21:27 tells us that "nothing unclean shall enter it [the kingdom of Heaven]..." and this is one of the Biblical bases for the doctrine of Purgatory.