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Purgatory And Hell...What's It All About?


Purgatory is an intermediate state after physical death in which some of those ultimately destined for heaven must first "undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," holding that "certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come."

Hell is a place or state of torment and punishment in an afterlife.

So, what's the difference?  Both are places of suffering.  

Those who die in God's grace but are not yet perfectly purified are guaranteed eternal salvation. They undergo purification after death to gain the holiness needed to enter heaven.  This is purgatory.  The soul will eventually enter Heaven after a period of purification

Hell is final separation from God.  To die in unrepented mortal sin separates us from God forever by our own free choice. This self-exclusion from God's presence is called "hell."

The souls in purgatory are called the Church suffering.

As the souls in hell are lost, we can still (and should) help the souls in purgatory by praying for them to help by reducing their suffering and shortening the time of their purgation.

The Prayer of St. Gertrude

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my 
own home and within my family. Amen.

The Dogma Of Hell
Explores the basic Catholic doctrine on Hell.
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Visions Of Purgatory
A surprisingly sober and clear account of purgatory.
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