Purgatory. Help?

Q: Purgatory. Help?

You have to be cleansed to go to Heaven from Purgatory. What do we mean by ‘Cleansed?’

A: Unfortunately, many (some/most?) of us will die still “attached” in some way to our favorite, habitual sins, but none-the-less we will remain faithful friends of God, and members of the Church.

In that condition, we aren’t quite ready for heaven, but we don’t warrant an eternity in hell.

Hence … purgatory.

Purgation is a process where those “attachments” are eliminated, after which we are admitted to heaven.

All this is accomplished only by the grace that Jesus obtained for us on the cross, so the problems our protestant bretheren have with purgatory are based more on anti-Catholic sentiment than on any theological issue.