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The Reality of The Purgatory

as reflected in The Old and New Testaments

Pray for souls in Purgatory


The purpose of this document is to remind the faithful that Purgatory is not a literary resource, but a reality reflected in the Old and New Testaments.


Before we can face God, our souls must be pure. Therefore what we must endure before His Appearance is literally a period of purgation – or Purgatory.

Purgatory is not a literary resource invented by the mind of man to intimidate the faithful, no matter what alleged evangelizers may have wanted to take advantage of fear. The Purgatory is a reality reflected in the Old and New Testaments. It is a manifestation of God's Justice but also of His Mercy: without the purification that souls acquire through Purgatory, we could never meet God.


The reality of Purgatory is part of the Faith Deposit of the Catholic Faith as clearly expressed through the treasury of Indulgences. (1)

In The New Testament

This reality has clear foundation within the New Testament:

Matthew 5:25-26

Agree with your adversary quickly while you are with him on the way; lest perhaps the prosecutor deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison. Most certainly I tell you, you shall by no means get out of there until you have paid the last penny.

and more clearly expressed:

Luke 12:54-59

He said to the multitudes also, “When you see a cloud rising from the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’, and so it happens. When a south wind blows, you say, ‘There will be a scorching heat’, and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how is it that you don’t interpret this time? “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?

For when you are going with your adversary before the magistrate, try diligently on the way to be released from him, lest perhaps he drag you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I tell you, you will by no means get out of there until you have paid the very last penny.”

In The Old Testament

Within the Old Testament there are several examples/teachings of praying for the dead as well as the encouragement to offer alms for the benefit of the dead. Obviously, the only benefit that could be realized by the dead through such actions would be a shortening of their stay in Purgatory; thus, by clear inference, Judaism (2) has such a place as part of their beliefs.


A Note from miguel de Portugal about Purgatory:
Before, I "believed" in Purgatory as most "Catholics believe". A "ho-hum" belief that is more an offense to God than the disbelief of those who do not acknowledge Purgatory because it is not part of their particular faith's creed. Now, I "know" the reality of Purgatory and encourage one and all to seek such salutary conviction from God.

Without using the fancy words of those "book learned" theologians who are more interested in "making a buck" using God than to fathom the depths of His Creation, allow me to tell you about Purgatory:

(a) "Time" in Purgatory is like "Time" for those in the flesh. A "minute", is a minute and a "century" is a century. Purgatory does not fall in the Eternity time frame (3). Only Heaven and Hell fall in such category.

(b) It is a place where the unpaid debts to Divine Justice are paid in the same coinage the debt was contracted. Using terms that fallen humanity understands well: If your debt to Divine Justice is in U.S. Dollars, you must pay for it in U.S. Dollars; if in European Union Euros, it must be paid in Euros; if in Japanese Yens, it must be paid in Japanese Yens; etc.

(c) The expiatory suffering takes the form of: Witnessing the suffering caused upon others as the result of the offenses committed against God by the particular soul in Purgatory.

(d) All of the above takes place with a greatness awareness of the joy that awaits the soul once it enters Heaven. (Understand this additional suffering as follows: When you are hungry, it is easier to bear the hunger so long no one is talking about delicious food or you are not witnessing others feast on a sumptuous meal.) Also, one's awareness of the Goodness of God is so enhanced, that the pain of having offended someone Who loves you so is very hard to endure.

(e) Divine Justice and the "Sentence" handed down by It can only be tempered —that is, reduced— through the Mercy of God (4) moved by the prayers of those who are still in the flesh, and, above all, the prayers and intercessions of His Most Holy Mother (5).

(1) The treasury of Indulgences – Hope for the Souls in Purgatory
(2) Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, John the Baptist, etc. were all Jews
(3) The relationship between "Time" and "Eternity"
(4) The Mercy of God – God's Greatest Attribute
(5) Mary, the True Mother of the Son of God

Part 2 – Why the need for Purgatory if Jesus already paid our sins for us?

Does the existence of Purgatory proves that Jesus' sacrifice was not enough? No! See the answer for yourself.

Related Documents

The treasury of Indulgences – Hope for the Souls in Purgatory

Suffering : Mankind's Participation in its Own Redemption

Do Not Despair – NEVER Give Up!

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me! – It is the easiest possible way!

The Mercy of God – God's Greatest Attribute

The relationship between "Time" and "Eternity"

Halloween – Search Results from Keyword

About Sin – It should not be a tool of enslavement through guilt

The Future of Souls – Heaven or Hell? – What happen to the souls when the body dies

God does not punish – We freely choose that disgraces fall upon us

In Spanish:  La realidad del Purgatorio reflejada en el Antiguo y el Nuevo Testamento

Originally published in 2004 as part of our document "Appearances Are Deceiving" • Published on October 31st, 2020 as a standalone document

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