How Long Will I Be In Purgatory?

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By Supertradmum

How Long Will You Be in Purgatory?

Over the past several weeks, I have been studying what the Church has taught about purgatory. Contrary to what many priests and Catholics think, the Church has not done away with the teachings on purgatory. Purgatory is a real place, a state of suffering, which all who die without being perfected need to endure.

This little post is in two parts. The first is on the necessity of purgatory, a short summary, and the second is on the time of purgatory.

To begin with, purgatory exists for two reasons: one, to punish sins for which reparation has not been done on earth. For example, if a person stole money and was not able to pay it back, that sum would have to be “repaired” before the soul enters heaven. All sin must be settled, in the course of justice. If a person was a bad example at parties, flirting or drinking too much, even if that person confessed those sins, because the damage is done, reparation cannot be made. Therefore, purgatory is a time for suffering to make up for those consequences of sins. There is something called the “effects of sin” also called the “matter of sin.” The effects of sins remain in the person—weakened conscience, weakened ability to deal with the passions, and so on. These imperfections must be gone before the person enters heaven, as only the perfect enter heaven. All dispositions which lead one to sin, all tendencies, must be rooted out and few people do this in their lifetime. All venial sins unconfessed before death also cause the suffering of purgatory, as one must be cleansed, therefore, for the effects of sin, the tendencies, the disposition, and the venial sins.

Forgiven mortal sins need reparation, and that is done in purgatory, if those sins were confessed and absolved. In addition, each person has a predominant fault, that fault which causes most of the sin in his life. This root fault rests in self-love and created disordered desires, “cupiditas,” which leads to rebellion in one’s soul. Rebellion towards God is called “superb.”

Unless one allows God to take one through the dark night of the senses and the dark night of the spirit, where such spiritual infirmities and flaws are rooted out, one must go to purgatory.

Those in purgatory rejoice, embrace this suffering, this satispassion, because they increase in the love of God as they are purified. However, they cannot gain merit. The ability to gain merit for heaven ends with death. However, their love and virtue increase as they are cleansed of all flaws. One of the great sadnesses of those in purgatory, and for those in hell, an eternal gnawing, is the realisation of how high they would have been in the levels of holiness in heaven but for ignoring grace. This suffering turns to gratitude in purgatory as the souls see more clearly the mercy of God, as they now see the justice of God.

Second is the consideration of time in purgatory. Two types of time must be defined in order to understand the real time in purgatory. It is not like our time. There has been confusion about this in the past, as people think that when they make an indulgence which merits 30 days, that means 30 days off of purgatory—not so. It means that the prayer is equal to a physical penance which should last 30 days, as in the old times, when priests would give a 30 day pilgrimage as a penance, or 30 days without meat. The indulgence takes the place and is equal by the merit of the Church to those physical punishments.

Purgation takes time, so the time in purgatory is not short, unless one has made the Five First Saturdays, for example, or gained other purgatorial indulgences, such as the Divine Mercy indulgence. However, those indulgences take away the punishment due to sin, but not the effects of sin or the evil dispositions. Thus, one needs purgation, either in this world or the next. Apparently, St. Theresa of Lisieux was told by God that of all the persons she knew who has died In the convent, over all the years she lived there, only three had gone straight to heaven.

Theologians in Catholic teaching shows one that there are two types of time regarding purgatory. The first is “eviternity,” which means eternal duration or eternal existence. It is not the same as “eternal time,” which is the experience in heaven or hell. Eviternity is an in-between concept, between time as we know it by minutes, hours, days and years, and eternal time, both of which we understand. Eviternity has a beginning, so it is not eternal. Garrigou-Lagrange calls it “the perpetual present,” and we can understand that—a present moment which lasts a long, long time.

Discontinuous time is the time experienced by true mystics in ecstasy and the angels. Such persons can have a thought which lasts hours, but is only one spiritual instant. Both eviternity and discontinuous time are what the soul in purgatory experiences. All of us live in continuous time. God and the saints in heaven live in eternal time. The souls in purgatory live in eviternity and discontinuous time.

However, one can judge how long a soul may be in purgatory in terms of earthly time. I read one author which stated that the ordinary Catholic will experience purgatory for 40 years. If a person has held a high office, states Garrioug-Lagrange, referring to private revelations, that soul could be in purgatory for three or four centuries. One time, I asked God to release through my prayers, the forgotten soul who had been in purgatory the longest. A face and body came into my mind, that of a Conquistador of the 16th century. If this discernment was true, I was praying for a man who died as long ago as the 1500s—500 years ago! I did not doubt that some people, especially those who had death-bed conversions from lives of serious sin could be in purgatory for a very long time.

Let me end with a summary of Garrigou-Lagrange, taken from Life Everlasting, to sum up some of these ideas plus giving a few I did not cover in this post:

Particular judgment, then, takes place at that first instant when it is true to say that the soul is separated. Thus terminates the time of merit and demerit. Otherwise a soul in purgatory could still be lost, and a soul condemned could still be saved. But the souls in purgatory have arrived at the goal of their merit, though not yet at eternal beatitude. These souls are still free, but this freedom is not sufficient for merit, because one of the conditions for merit is that the person meriting be still in via, be still a viator, traveler.

At the moment of the particular judgment the soul does not see God intuitively, otherwise it would already be beatified. Neither does it, except in occasional cases, see the humanity of Christ. Rather, by an infused light, it knows God as sovereign judge, knows the Redeemer as judge of the living and the dead.

Preachers, following the example of the Fathers, illustrate this doctrine by image and example. But the doctrine itself is reduced to the points we have mentioned.

Blessed are those who take their purgatory on earth, by generous acceptance of daily trials. The multiple sacrifices of daily life purify and perfect their love, and by this love they will be judged.

JMJ, pray for us!

God is good,

Jay

25 comments on “How Long Will I Be In Purgatory?”

  1. My knowledge of my Catholic Faith is that there is only one sin that causes a persons sin never to be forgiven and that is blaspheming the Holy Spirit. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a cleansing. Our Blessed Mother urges us to seek this unfathomable grace often. For what is confessed is forgiven and forgotten by the grace of God. I am going on that tenant that I truly feel is more in line with the mercy and love God has for all who are in touch with Him. Once you confess your failure and absolved by the priest….that is it….you no longer have to look at that sin again unless of course you commit it again. There is no time spent refining in purgatory for sins confessed. For one already is beginning the refining by realizing their failures here. Remember the righteous man sins 7 times a day. That’s a lot of sins! There would be an enormous amount of rooms vacant in heaven if all the sins accumulated needed to be refined over the course of life .Only one human being never sinned….and He gave His life for us out of love for us. I don’t believe God would make things that difficult to be close to him. We are ALL too imperfect.and He above all knows our faults long before they happen. Seek the Holy Sacrament of Reconciliation. I am banking on good confessions to help the refining process while here on Earth.

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    1. Michael, Once we confessed our sins are indeed forgiven. However, Catholic teaching states we can do reparations for our sins on earth or in purgatory. We must be “made perfect” to enter heaven.

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    2. Sins forgiven are one thing–the needed reparation for those sins is another thing. Forgiveness allows us to “go to purgatory.” However, we still have to be freed from every imperfection, and we must make reparation for those forgiven sins. All the most ancient liturgies contain prayers for the dead–who, obviously would not need prayers if they were not suffering, outside of the bliss of heaven. I suggest you look at the Fathers of the Church on this subject. Clement of Alexandria, Cyprian, Cyril of Jerusalem, Augustine. Confession is not the refining process, merely the beginning of it.

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    1. Maria Valtorta’s books are still suspect and were on the Index. I read her main book over 30 years ago and found many errors. Plus, we do not use private revelations for proof of truths in the Church. I suggest you read the Doctors and Fathers of the Church for Truth.

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    2. LARRYMARX, I suggest you read this good commentary on Maria Valtota’s works from an excellent priest we all know from EWTN—–IS “THE POEM OF THE MAN-GOD” SIMPLY A BAD NOVEL?

      Maria Valtorta’s multi-volume life of Jesus flirts with heresy and
      exhibits bad taste. Its claim to authenticity have been rejected by Rome.

      by Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J.

      “The Poem of the Man-God” is a five-volume “narrative” of the life of
      Jesus written in the 1940s by a sickly Italian woman named Maria Valtorta.
      “Poem” purports to fill in the details of Jesus’ life left blank by the
      four Gospels. Such narratives have been produced since the second century
      A.D. Some were written by gnostic heretics. Some by New Agers and
      occultists. And some were produced by pious Christians who made up stories
      about Jesus to edify their readers and listeners.

      The four Gospels do not give a biography of Jesus–or of anyone else in
      His life. Their purpose is evangelical and theological–to proclaim the
      Good News that human beings need for their salvation. Thus, for centuries,
      the “hidden life” of Jesus has been the subject for speculation.

      “The Poem of the Man-God” is in this tradition of apocryphal literature on
      New Testament themes. Valtorta claimed that she was the “secretary” of
      Jesus and Mary, and was setting down the divinely inspired truth about
      Jesus’ life. The Church has rejected this claim. Nevertheless, “Poem” has
      become quite popular, particularly among Catholics as well.

      Remarkably, the book has grown in popularity in part because its champions
      claim that high Church officials–including one Pope–endorsed it. They
      haven’t. In fact, “Poem” was included on the Index of Forbidden books
      until the abolition of the Index in the 1960s. No less an authority than
      Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of
      the Faith, reiterates the Church’s rejection of the claims made for “The
      Poem of the Man-God.”

      How did “The Poem of the Man-God” come to be, and how has the notion
      become widely accepted that it contains important religious truth?

      Maria Valtorta, author of “Poem,” was born in 1897 into a sadly
      dysfunctional family, where she suffered emotional abuse at the hands of a
      despotic mother. When she was 23, she was attacked and beaten by a mugger.
      She was never completely well after that. From 1933 on, she was unable to
      leave her bed.

      Maria began to receive “dictations” on Good Friday, 1943. In 1947, she
      handed over 10,000 handwritten pages to her spiritual director, Father
      Romuald Migliorini, O.S.M. Father Migliorini typed them and Father
      Corrado Berti, O.S.M. bound them. Fr. Berti, brought them to Father later
      Cardinal Augustin Bea, S.J., spiritual director to Pope Pius XII.

      Did Pope Pius read the whole manuscript or parts? If only part, which
      part? Advertisements by the Canadian Central distributors for Valtorta
      (CEDIVAL) quote Father Bea: “I have read in typed manuscripts many of the
      books written by Maria Valtorta . . . As far as exegesis is concerned, I
      did not find any errors in the parts which I examined.” Notice, he read
      only parts of the books. Which were they?

      On Feb. 26, 1948, Fathers Migliorini, Berti and A. Cecchin enjoyed a
      private audience with Pope Pius XII, as listed in L’Osservatore Romano’s
      daily announcement of audiences. Standing in St. Peter’s Square after the
      audience, Father Berti wrote down Pope Pius’ words as he remembered them.
      These words were “not” printed in L’Osservatore Romano, but Father Berti
      remembered the Pope saying:

      “Publish this work as it is. There is no need to give an opinion about its
      origin, whether it be extraordinary or not. Who reads it, will understand.
      One hears of many visions and revelations. I will not say they are all
      authentic; but there are some of which it could be said that they are.”

      CEDIVAL calls this a “Supreme Pontifical Imprimatur,” where “he took upon
      himself to pass the first official judgment on these writings.” CEDIVAL
      glues this inside the cover, though the publisher does not print an
      imprimatur. The reason: it has none!

      Confident of papal approval, Father Berti brought the books to the Vatican
      press. However, in 1949, two commissioners of the Holy Office, Msgr.
      Giovanni Pepe and Father Berruti, O.P., condemned the “Poem,” ordering
      Berti to hand over every copy and sign an agreement not to publish it.
      Father Berti returned the manuscripts to Valtorta and handed over only his
      typed versions.

      Despite his signed promise, in 1952 Father Berti went to publisher
      Emiliano Pisani. Though aware of the Holy Office’s opposition, Pisani
      printed the first volume in 1956, and a new volume each year through 1959.

      When volume four appeared, the Holy Office examined the “Poem” and
      condemned it, recommending that it be placed on the Index of Forbidden
      Books Dec. 16, 1959. Pope John XXIII signed the decree and ordered it
      published. L’Osservatore Romano, on Jan. 6, 1960, printed the
      condemnation with an accompanying front-page article, “A Badly
      Fictionalized Life of Jesus,” to explain it.

      The article complained that the “Poem” broke Canon Law. “Though they treat
      exclusively of religious issues, these volumes do not have an
      “imprimatur,” which is required by Canon 1385, sect. 1, n. 2.”

      Second, the long speeches of Jesus and Mary starkly contrast with the
      evangelists, who portray Jesus as “humble, reserved; His discourses are
      lean, incisive.” Valtorta’s fictionalized history makes Jesus sound “like
      a chatterbox, always ready to proclaim Himself the Messiah and the Son of
      God,” or teach theology in modern terms. The Blessed Mother speaks like a
      “propagandist” for modern Marian theology.

      Third, “some passages are rather risque,” like the “immodest” dance before
      Pilate (vol. 5, p. 73). There are “many historical, geographical and
      other blunders.” For instance, Jesus uses screwdrivers (Vol. 1, pp. 195,
      223), centuries before screws existed.

      There are theological errors, as when “Jesus says” (vol. 1, p. 30) that
      Eve’s temptation consisted in arousing her flesh, as the serpent
      sensuously “caressed” her. While she “began the sin by herself,” she
      “accomplished it with her companion.” Sun Myung Moon and Maria Valtorta
      may claim the first sin was sexual, but Scripture does not.

      Vol. 1, p. 7, oddly claims, “Mary can be called the ‘second-born’ of the
      Father . . .” Her explanation limits the meaning, avoiding evidence of an
      authentic heresy; but it does not take away the basic impression that she
      wants to construct a new mariology, which simply goes beyond the limits of
      propriety.” “Another strange and imprecise statement” made of Mary (vol.
      4, p. 240) is that she will “be second to Peter with regard to
      ecclesiastical hierarchy. . . ” Our Lady surpasses St. Peter’s holiness,
      but she is not in the hierarchy, let alone second to St. Peter.

      Further, Valtorta did not claim to write a novel, but called herself a
      “secretary” of Jesus and Mary, so, “in all parts on reads the words ‘Jesus
      says. . .’ or ‘Mary says . . .'” The Church takes this claim to revelation
      very seriously, since it has the God-given duty to discern what is or is
      not truly from the Holy Spirit. In Valtorta’s case, the Church decided
      against Divine inspiration.

      Finally, “Poem” is condemned for reasons of disobedience. Competent Church
      authority had prohibited the printing of Valtorta’s work.

      Pope John’s approval of the condemnation of the “Poem of the Man-God”
      should have ended the issue, but it did not. The publishers printed a
      second edition of 10 volumes, which the Church condemned in another
      front-page article in L’Osservatore Romano, Dec. 1, 1961. This second
      Italian edition was later translated into German, French, Spanish and
      English.

      CEDIVAL asserts that a “modernist clan in the Church” . . .
      “surreptitiously attempted to seize the manuscripts and destroy them,”
      claiming “firsthand documentation on this.” These “enemies” included Msgr.
      Pepe and Father Berruti, the Holy Office censors.

      I asked the head of CEDIVAL, Prof. Leo Brodeur, for evidence that Msgr.
      Pepe and Father Berruti held any modernist heresies, but he had none. He
      assumed they were modernists because the “Poem” claims “to help the Church
      fight against the terrible heresy of modernism.” If the “Poem’s enemies
      are modernists, Msgr. Pepe and Father Berruti must be modernists, too.

      Such assertions are unacceptable. Accusations of modernism or any other
      heresy without proof is slander.

      Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, present head of the Sacred Congregation for the
      Doctrine of the Faith (formerly the same office that condemned the
      “Poem”), informed Cardinal Siri in 1985 of the “Poem’s condemnation:

      After the dissolution of the Index, when some people thought the printing
      and distribution of the work was permitted, they were reminded again in
      L’Osservatore Romano (June 15, 1966) that “The Index retains its moral
      force despite its dissolution.”

      More recently (April 17, 1993, Prot. N. 144/58i), he wrote:

      “The ‘visions’ and ‘dictations’ referred to in the work, “The Poem of the
      Man-God,” are simply the literary forms used by the author to narrate in
      her own way the life of Jesus. They cannot be considered supernatural in
      origin.”

      The best that can be said for “The Poem of the Man-God” is that it is a
      bad novel. This was summed up in the L’Osservatore Romano headline, which
      called the book “A Badly Fictionalized Life of Jesus.”

      At worst, “Poem’s” impact is more serious. Though many people claim that
      “Poem” helps their faith or their return to reading Scripture, they are
      still being disobedient to the Church’s decisions regarding the reading of
      “Poem.” How can such disregard for Church authority and wisdom be a help
      in renewing the Church in these difficult times?

      When Catholics insist on reading “Poem,” despite Church condemnation, I
      make these requests: First, read three hours of Scripture for every one
      hour spent in the “Poem.” The Church guarantees that the Bible is God’s
      Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Church has judged the “Poem” to be
      a poorly done human work. Second, read solid Catholic theology books in
      addition to Scripture. G.K. Chesterton, Frank Sheed, Archbishop Sheen’s
      “Life of Christ” and many other works are excellent starts. Third,
      maintain a strong prayer life, drawing closer to Christ Jesus, Our Lord,
      at Mass and at eucharistic adoration, and to our Blessed Mother Mary,
      especially in the Rosary.

      If sheep insist on bad pasturage, at least let them take antidotes.

      This article appeared in February 1994 edition of “New Covenant”

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      1. St. Mother Teresa always carried three books with her. The Bible, her prayer book and a copy of “Poem of the Man~God”… St. Padre Pio was asked by a women during or right after her confession: Should I read the “Poem of the Man~God”? St. Padre Pio response ” I’m not telling you to read it, I order you to”..
        Now getting back to Medjugorje, recently the Vatican is looking to hand down some kind of approval with restrictions in the not too distant future, now that’s a Big step… I know the Vatican had some issues with one particular bishop overseeing Medjugorje I believe they took away some or all his authority over Medjugorje..

        We all must be careful and be on guard…
        Remember the second message from Garabandal on June 18, 1965 by St Michael the archangel because it pain the blessed Mother to give it:
        As my message of October 18th has not been fulfilled and has not been made known to the world, I tell you that this is my last message. Before, the cup was filling up. Now, it is overflowing. Many cardinals, many bishops, and many priests are on the road to perdition and are taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist. You should turn the wrath of God away from yourselves by your efforts. If you ask for His forgiveness with sincere hearts, He will forgive you. I, your Mother, through the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel, ask you to amend your lives. You are now receiving the last warnings. I love you very much and do not want your condemnation. Pray to us with sincerity, and we will grant your requests. You should make more sacrifices. Meditate on the passion of Jesus.

        Peace in Christ

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      2. I am an obedient daughter of the Church and WILL NOT follow something not approved officially. As to meditating on the passion of Christ, do not preach to me, as I do this daily, struggling with Stage Four Cancer. You are, sadly, out of the rule of the Church is quoting the non-approved visions. No more, please. I shall not respond to anymore comments on false seers.

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      3. I will pray for you and add you to my Special prayer list that’s been ongoing more than ten years, Offer during my weekend Mass….. May God always shine his Healing Love on you

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  2. God is too high above us to know for certain, perhaps as God intended. But neither are we left without revelations to give the Church and the soul some assurances of dogmas, including the reality of purgatory. That is certain. I believe the passage “love covers a multitude of sins” to both, tell us the value of that, and two, to indicate those sins confessed if not accompanied by a holy life will needed to be atoned for after death, so we can be “made holy.” Below are but two of a score of Biblical verses I could cite that strongly point to purgatory. (imo)

    2 Sam 12:13-18 “David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child that is born to you shall die.’ And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became sick…On the seventh day the child died.”

    [As with David, there may still be restitution for sin even after one has received forgiveness. I do not see how this teaching expired for Christians?]

    Luke 12:45-48 “But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk: the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much more will be required; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much will be asked.

    [The one slave who was not as guilty because he was somewhat ignorant of the gravity of his sins will receive less lashes. Note, he will still be punished, but not as severely. This is clearly not talking about hell, it is about some punishment that is less than eternal. Different degrees of punishment which is how many saints have described purgatory from visions or revelation.
    Also Jesus repeats the message in another manner – “from everyone who has been given much, much more will be required.” This is a clear warning to believers of possible consequences, those who have been given much more (i.e. knowledge, riches, revelation, opportunity, etc.) if blessings are misused or disregarded. Almost assuredly, this is a justice taking place after all is revealed to us after we come before God.]

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    1. Most people today do not understand God’s Justice and take for granted their own status before Him. He Who Is All Pure, All Innocence, All Just, as well as All Mercy demands justice. Thanks for your comment.

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  3. WE Catholics should also be praying for Protestants in Purgatory. I have had Masses offered for many Protestant friends of mine. Wow! Are they ever grateful! Some have appeared in dreams thanking me. Others requesting help. Why not help them since their own co-coreligionists don’t believe in such a place of atonement? They are locked in a spiritual prison which only Catholics can open. We have the tools to open their prison. But we don’t lend a hand and have Masses offered, even for our close Protestant colleagues. What a shame!
    Pat Owens.

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    1. Do you know about the Thirty Day Gregorian Masses? After that time, said for the person in Purgatory, these Masses free a soul from Purgatory. It is good to have Masses said for the Dead–very powerful. I, too, have had some experiences of thankfulness regarding praying for the Dead.

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  4. “Jesus promised St. Faustina that those who received Holy Communion in a state of grace on Divine Mercy Sunday (Feast of Mercy) would receive “the complete remission of sins and punishment”(Diary 699).
    The theologian who examined St. Faustina’s writings for the Holy See, Rev. Rozycki, explained that, “this is the promise of a complete renewal of baptismal grace, and in a sense it is like a second Baptism.”
    Fr Rozycki wrote: “Christ made the remission of all sins and punishment contingent on the reception of Holy Communion on the Feast of Divine Mercy. It is most obvious that in order to affect a complete forgiveness of sin and punishment the Holy Communion received on the Feast of Mercy must be received worthily, and must also fulfill the basic requirements of the Divine Mercy devotion. However, received unworthily, without trust in Divine Mercy and devoid of some deed of mercy toward neighbor, it would be a contradiction of devotion to the Divine Mercy. Instead of the exceptional grace, it would bring down upon the recipient the Divine Wrath (Stackpole, 2004, p. 113-114).”
    Our Lord Speaks:
    “Ask of my faithful servant (Father Sopocko) that, on this day, he tell the whole world of My great mercy; that whoever approaches the Fount of Life (Holy Communion) on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment…The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment… on that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened (Diary 299, 300, 251)
    What Father Rozycki goes on to say about the grace promised by Jesus is mind boggling.
    “The most exceptional grace promised by Jesus for the Feast of the Divine Mercy is greater than a plenary Indulgence, which only consists of a remission before God of temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven, and never the remission of sins itself (Stackpole, 2004, 113-114).” (Refer to Catechism 1471 on Plenary Indulgences)
    Theologically, there is no possibility of a second baptism. Baptism can only be received once and through baptism all is washed clean- “complete remission of sins and punishment.” Through baptism we become adopted sons and daughters of the Most High- (Priest, Profit and King). What is meant in the quote above is that its power is like a second baptism. If God is able to bestow this grace through the sacrament of Baptism, why would He not be able to bestow it- if He so wishes-through the Eucharist, which is the greatest sacrament. It is clearly obvious that in order to receive these graces of Divine Mercy Sunday, one must be in the state of grace and partake of Our Lord worthily.” https://feastofmercy.net/pages/about-us

    Therefore anyone who receives Holy Communion in the state of grace as denoted above is free from, not only the punishment for sins committed prior to that time but all temporal punishment due to those sins.

    I have stated only one reference but you can find numerous references from many sources confirming this wonderful gift of mercy granted on Divine Mercy Sunday.

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    1. Our Lady of Medjugorje told the visionaries the writings of Maria Valtorta are true, every word….
      Pope Pius XII who read the Poem of the Man~God love it and gave it his full Blessings and said Publish it just as it is. There is no need to give an opinion as to whether it is of supernatural origin. Those who read it will understand..
      In the “Poem of the Man~God” Maria (who was bedridden in the 1940’s when she wrote the Poem) named towns and places around the Holy Land never mention in any biblical books or text. It wasn’t until the 1960’s when excavating around the Holy land and region these little towns and places were found and named just as Maria wrote in the “Poem of the Man!God”.. 99% of all families are dysfunctional to some extent so something like that doesn’t come into play….
      Don’t let anyone pull you away from Jesus especially bad priest, just pray for them…

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      1. LARRYMARX, Medjugorje has not been approved and positively disapproved by the local Bishop, who has the authority. Also, the Pius XIII story has been taken out of context. I think you are seriously in danger of following false seers instead of the true teaching of the Catholic Church. Private revelations are not the same as doctrine, dogma or any other of the levels of infallibility of the Church. Our Lady would never endorse something which the Church has not approved, another sign that Medjurgorje is fake.

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      2. JMJ
        When in doubt, ask the Holy Spirit for a sign that a Seer is true or false. The Spirit of Truth will not disappoint us. Jesus may want to say something important to us during these very troubling times. Is the Groom not the Head of the Bride?
        DPO

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    1. Dave Green, If you are a Protestant, I can understand how you have been influenced by the false teachings of Luther and Calvin. If you are a Catholic, you need to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Fathers of the Church, as well as the Book of Maccabees.

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    2. There are divine manifestations of souls God has allowed to return to earth to attest to the reality of purgatory and how our prayers assist them. Many of these. There is a purgatory museum in Rome (very small and not well known) where there are hand prints burnt into a wooden table, clothing, etc. where a purgatory souls touched the item. There are numerous saints who have been granted visions of purgatory or allowed to visit by God. There are countless early Church fathers who spoke of it. And Scripture has scores of passages that clearly allude to it. Here are two.

      Matthew 5:23-26
      “Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. Reconcile with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Truly I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid up the last penny.”

      [Jesus is assuring us (“truly I say to you”) that we will pay (be imprisoned) for a portion of our transgressions until we have paid the last penny if we do not forgive others or obey. The key word is UNTIL. It is clear that once we have paid for our sins, THEN we WILL be released from our prison. That is not Hell because Hell is eternal. This is not an earthly reference as many who are to be saved have died without fulfilling all the requirements this passage implies. This is referring to purgatory where you will be imprisoned for a time (read: purified and made holy) but eventually released.]

      1 Corinthians 3:12-15
      Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

      [Saved, but still will suffer loss as yet through fire. Protestants may argue this is some earthly punishment, not an afterlife matter, but the Catholic Church says, not so. Where is this place that a man, after he dies, suffers loss, as through fire, but is still saved. Hell? No, once you’re in Hell, you don’t get out. Heaven? No, you don’t suffer loss in Heaven. This is so much better explained as a purgatory sentence. Purgatory is a cleansing fire.]

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  5. Yes, Divine Mercy Sunday is a great indulgence. However, that is the only indulgence which carries this grace of mercy–

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  6. Thank you for this balanced and lucid article on purgatory. I was at the wake for the sister of a friend recently. I paid my respects to her spouse and went over to her remains to say a prayer. Immediately, I saw in my spirit this woman in great pain amidst flames. It was impressed on me that she was suffering in purgatory. I was shaken by the experience, which continued as I chatted with friends and family of the deceased. A priest promptly gathered everyone and began leading us in prayers and a litany of forgiveness for the departed soul – a kind of call and response with the assembly. With each invocation of God’s mercy and assembly’s response, I saw the woman’s agony diminish. I realized then how important our prayers for the dead are, and how it is so important to have a funeral Mass – the offering of Christ Himself to the Father for the rest of departed souls, to lessen their suffering and speed their entry into heaven. If someone in my company was in great pain, would I not help them as best I could? The souls in purgatory need our prayers and sacrifices. Myself, I pray for them each day and offer any indulgences I have from my prayers and practices for them. These indulgences are not lost, but rather, will be returned to me in the form of grateful intercession by these departed souls when they enter heaven. They will not forget our kindnesses and will help us in our needs.

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      1. I Pray that God Heal You Fully and fill you with his Love, don’t be upset, I just lost my Ladyfriend of 30 years on December 4, 2018, she was my better half, we did everything together. I pray everyday for her, I also talk to her everyday I miss her terribly…

        Here’s my true story that sold me:Please remember I’m not forcing anything on you I’m just telling what I’ve experienced…
        I like to share with you good folks of God, My Medjugorje Miracle that to this day left me still amaze at God’s mercy and the wonderful gift he gave me!
        Back in November 1997 my friend’s daughter went on a Church pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Before she left I ask her if she would take my Rosary and Brown Scapular with her, lucky me she agree.
        On Saturday November 29, 1997 she came back home and made a quick stop by and drop off my Rosary and Scapular. Tired from her trip but still proceeded to tell me and her Mom what an awesome time she had.
        Well that night before I went to bed, I put on my Scapular and said my bedtime prayers and fell fast asleep! The next thing I know, I’m standing inside of St. James Church facing the Altar, it is daytime. I’m just standing there taking in the view when all of a sudden white smoke appear billowing up from the Altar, and as it’s growing it begins to separate, half going to the left the other to the right and form these huge angelic wings! A great Vision takes place. Coming out of these two massive wings of protection, The Most Holy Family that ever walked the face of the Earth! To my pleasant surprise and total Joy, Jesus, Mary and Joseph! They walked right out of the clouds that seem to stay within the Great Wings of smoke. Nothing was said.
        Mary was on the left, Joseph was on the right and My Lord and Savior was in the Center. They slowly walked out only taking a few steps when they turn to my left towards the stairs leading to outside. My Heart was pounding, my mind was excited and my Soul was filled with indescribable Joy. No words can ever describe what I saw and felt, I just saw the Holy Family together in one place!
        Not wanting to miss them, I ran to the side of the Church where they were leaving, hoping to catch another glimpse of them. I manage to make it to a window where I can see outside. I caught them taking the last set of stairs outside. Then I see Jesus sitting in the back of a little white wagon being pulled by a donkey, Sitting up front was the Holy Mother in what we would call the passenger seat, and a woman who I don’t know driving the donkey. Our Lord was sitting in the back of this wagon dress in a pure snow white robe. I can clearly see his face. Our Lord was adjusting his hood, his beard was copper in color and against the pure snow white Robe really made the color of his beard stand out. The expression on his face show great seriousness, eyes that have seen and know all!
        The little white wagon that was taken my Lord down the road was slowly going away. In my last ditch effort to reach Jesus, I turn around from the window, back against the wall and slid gently down to the floor. With my eyes closed I cried out from the depth of my heart, soul, directly from my Spirit I cried out: “Jesus I Love You”!
        Then I awoke. Hopped out of bed, heart beating out of my chest, my whole body felt energize like electricity was racing through me, every inch affected. Even my mouth had a sensation of electricity was still racing through it. I also felt like I was dipped in a vat of boiling silver, pulled out but was not burn! LM

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