Tom asked:

Are there are any Bible verses you can point to that discuss purgatory?

Fr. Thomas Morrow replied:

"Well the first one is form Saint Paul, Colossians 1:24. 'Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.'

Now that doesn't refer specifically to purgatory, but it makes it clear that there is some making up to be done for the sins that've been committed.

But you see in first Corinthians chapter 3, each one's work will become manifest, the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned up he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as one fleeing through fire...

... Probably the greatest evidence of the fact that purgatory exists is when Our Lord said they asked him what they must do to enter into the kingdom, to have eternal life, and he said you must love God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.

Well if there were no purgatory there are plenty of people that love God a great deal, but not with all their heart soul and mind. So if there were no purgatory that would be a complete dilution of that teaching of Our Lord saying, well you know people die and they love God a lot, but they don't love him with all their heart, soul, and mind. Well they're not going to go to hell because they love God a lot, but they wouldn't go to heaven because Jesus said you had to love God with all your heart soul and mind.

So it's really undermining that teaching. ... because purgatory is a grace and a gift, a difficult gift whereby we make up for whatever love we failed to have for the lord or for our neighbor on earth. So it's a tremendous blessing to have the opportunity to make up a few things before its time to enter into the kingdom."


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Catholic Answers, "Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2015)

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Show air date: August 31, 2015

Name of show: Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

Guest comments by: Fr. Thomas Morrow

Question appeared in show: 12:24

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