Purgatory and Cleansing

by | Nov 28, 2023 | Church, Prayer, Society, Spirituality, Teachings

Purgatory…What is it like?

If like me you’ve often wondered what Purgatory might be like.   Naturally, during this month of the Holy Souls, we may be drawn to ponder the supernatural reality which lies ahead.

Think of how great it is to have one’s young children back in the house after they’ve been playing outdoors.  They come inside  “stinking of fresh air” (as my mother used to say, God rest her soul) and in need of a bath. Parents are delighted to have the children back inside.  However, before bed, the washing and the cleansing of the face and body has to take place. Children, young ones especially, are almost angelic when they are freshly washed and scrubbed from the dirt of the day.

I think that’s how the Lord sees us.  There must be a process of purification after death. We are all His little ones and He wants us to be spotless again. Just as infants who cannot wash themselves without help, so too, will we need help.   Thus, the Holy Souls need us to pray and offer sacrifices  for them. As a result we will speed up their final journey to heaven.

Guidance from Pope Benedict XVI:

Proof of this can be found in the book: “God and the World: Believing and Living in our Time” by Pope Benedict XVI and Peter Seewald.  Pope Benedict XVI states:

“With regard to turning out right, which is what we all hope for despite all our failures, Purgatory plays an important part here. There will be few people whose lives are pure and fulfilled in all respects. And, we would hope, there would be few people whose lives have become an irredeemable and total No. For the most part, the longing for good has remained, despite many breakdowns, in some sense determinative. God can pick up the broken pieces and make something of them. In any case, we need a final cleansing, a cleansing by fire to be exact, in which the gaze of Christ, so to speak, burns us free from everything, and only under this purifying gaze are we, as it were, fit to be with God, and able, then, to make our home with Him.”

Let us befriend the Holy Souls especially for the most forgotten souls and those most in need of God’s mercy.


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Edmund Adamus

Edmund and his wife Catherine have been married for almost 18 years and have been blessed with 3 children; Patrick (who awaits them in Heaven), Paul and Beatrice. After 13 years of ministry in the Salford diocese and gaining a Master's in moral theology, he served the Archdiocese of Westminster from 2003-16 as Director for Pastoral Affairs/Marriage & Family Life. He successfully established the Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for Matrimony in Westminster cathedral as well as the Annual Theology of the Body Lecture series hosting world renowned scholars such as Michael Waldstein, Janet Smith and Christopher West. Christian Meert was also among those speakers. All his work both past and present has been through the prism of the truths of Humanae vitae. Since 2019 he has been Education Consultant to the relationships and sexuality formation project 'A Fertile Heart: Receiving & Giving Creative Love'. As freelance consultant he works as Secretary to the Commission of Inquiry into Discrimination Against Christians in the UK and has just been appointed Executive Director for the UK branch of the International Voluntary Solidarity Fund

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