Purgation of Souls and Spotless Sheep, Not Goats

Uncommon God, Common Good | 11/17/2019 | Staff
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Beginning with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, the Catholic Church dedicates the month of November to Purgatory and to consideration of the end times—our personal end of life and the end of the age. For centuries, Protestantism has, by and large, rejected the notion of Purgatory, though there has been some openness recently to the doctrine (Refer here and here). While the teaching has been the brunt of jokes as well as subject to abuse, as in the case of indulgences, its defenders often argue that the doctrine is comforting and highlights God’s love. It is not a temporary hellish place, but more like a intermediate, preparatory state of existence to make the soul spotless in its transition to heaven. One source puts the matter this way:

Purgatory is not, as many people think, one last trial; all of those who make it to Purgatory will one day be in Heaven. Purgatory is where those who have died in grace, but who have not fully atoned for the temporal punishments resulting from their sins, go to finish their atonement before entering Heaven. A soul in Purgatory may suffer, but he has the assurance that he will ultimately enter Heaven when his punishment is complete. Catholics believe Purgatory is an expression of God’s love, His desire to cleanse our souls of all that might keep us from experiencing the fullness of joy in Heaven (For another source, refer here).

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Pope John Paul II claimed:

Every trace of attachment to evil must be eliminated, every imperfection of the soul corrected. Purification must be complete, and indeed this is precisely what is meant by the Church’s teaching on purgatory. The term does not indicate a place, but a condition of existence. Those who, after death, exist in a state of purification, are already in...
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