The Catholic Church still does not talk much about Purgatory, and it is unfortunate. The final purification in love is one of God’s greatest acts of Mercy. We need to have a healthy and proper understanding of Purgatory today. In part so that we can perhaps prepare ourselves to spend little time there, doing the work of purifying our hearts during our earthly life, for we know that nothing impure can enter heaven. And we also need to understand the importance of praying for our loved ones who may still be undergoing their final, merciful purification. In this frank and inspiring conversation about the dogma of Purgatory, Mark and Frances provide a consoling perspective on the reality of God’s merciful plan of Purgatory. They draw on both the writings and experiences of many of the Saints to help us better understand the existence of Purgatory and its important role in preparing us for entry into the Glory of Eternity.
This program covers St Therese’s profound teaching on Purgatory. Beginning with a brief explanation of the Church’s teaching on Purgatory, in this program we discuss how St Therese taught that we do not necessarily need to go to Purgatory. She argues there is a way to avoid it, and that is simply to have trust in our loving Father. Further, she argues, the real path is to simply become love throughout our life. Then, she says, there is nothing that the flames of purgatory, which are nothing other than the flame of God’s Love, can do to us. For we will have become that very flame of love.