Jesus taught us about it, and for centuries the Church has faithfully defined and defended it. Protestants deny it even exists, while many Catholics fundamentally misunderstand it. It is Purgatory: that place of purifying penance where souls saved by Christ are made perfect and acceptable to spend life eternal in heaven.
In The Biblical Basis for Purgatory, author and apologist John Salza (Why Catholics Cannot Be Masons) offers the definitive scriptural explanation of this distinctively Catholic doctrine. Building on the teachings of Christ and St. Paul, he shows how the existence of a place of temporal punishment after death is not only a logical extension of what we know about the reality of sin and God's justice, but is also a supreme expression of God's love and mercy.
Although Purgatory is a place of mercy, its pains are real, and they are severe. This book does more than defend and explain Purgatory it provides a solid plan, drawn from the Church s perennial wisdom for conquering our sins by God s grace, while still on earth.
First book I've read on purgatory and I must admit it can be frightening. What it did do was get me praying for my grandmother who died over a year ago. I was certain she was in heaven the day she died because she loved her God, Jesus and the Virginia Mary/plus suffering the last 5 years of her life with dementia and a heart condition, but now I'm not so sure. So I've been praying for her soul that she will be lifted to heaven by God's angels.
The Biblical Basis for Purgatory
JoAnne Lewis(Naples, FL, November 10, 2015)
Extremely disturbing beginning. Had to put book down for a few days to overcome fear of death and purgatory. Never read such explicit sufferings of souls eventually bound for heaven. Luckily the ending made everything much more attainable with actual plans to follow to help souls and ourselves. A must read for those who really want to become informed concerning purgatory and our ability to alleviate the suffering by works on earth.
it is a book very much needed
R J the kajun man(Thibodaux La, November 20, 2010)
I do not read the whole book at once. I like reading it very slow 2 or 3 pages at a time at most. it is one of the best book for our time.