Kevin asked:

What are the activities of the soul after bodily death but prior to the beatific vision?

Jimmy Akin replied:

"For those who are imperfectly purified they will experience a purification. They also appear to know things including at least some things that take place on earth. It’s commonly understood that many of the things they know are disclosed to them by God. They also pray for individuals who are still on earth.

They worship God. We see that being depicted in the book of Revelation. For example where you have the martyrs who have been beheaded for their faith praising God and praying to God and so those are at least what’s been disclosed to us about what separated souls do."


Catholic Answers, "Open Forum" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2013)

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Show air date: September 19, 2013

Name of show: Open Forum

Guest comments by: Jimmy Akin

Question appeared in show: 23:01

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