The case for Purgatory

“God is like a refiner’s fire, (Malachi 3:2) burning up all the impurities and leaving the pure gold behind. When gold (or pretty much any other metal) comes out of the ground, it comes as ore, fused with other minerals. In other words, it’s all mixed up with useless junk. It’s imprisoned in worthlessness.

What the refiner has to do is set the gold free. And fire is what does it. It takes away the things that keep gold from being golden. It sets the gold free to sparkle and shine.”

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“If there was no purgatory, man would invent it”

By Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI “I would go so far as to say that if there was no purgatory, then we would have to invent it, for who would dare say of himself that he was able to stand directly before God. And, yet we don’t want to be, to use an image from Scripture,…

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