So that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire… 1 Peter 1:7

Another commonly misunderstood teaching of the Church concerns Purgatory. Purgatory is not a second-chance for damned souls to repent. Instead it is a state of cleansing and purification for souls destined for heaven. Also Purgatory is not a means to earn our way to heaven, but a gift from God preparing us to see Him face to face. Even though not explicitly referred to by name, the Bible does allude to it, especially in terms of purging fire.

The word Purgatory is related to the verb – to purge – which means to cleanse or…

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