Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”
cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16
A daily morsel of Catholic education and faith formation.
Existence of …
QUESTION OR COMMON OBJECTION:
St. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that to be away from the body is to be at home with the Lord. Christians go straight to the Lord after death. There’s no purgatory.
Read the verse again. It doesn’t say exactly what you purport it to say.
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
All good Christians would “prefer to be” with Jesus than in this troubled world. Just because we would “prefer to be,” doesn’t mean we instantly will be.
Credit: Friendly Defenders by Ascension Press. Would you like your family to grow in your faith? For a great start, and for excellent, fun, and inspiring educational materials please visit our friends online at: www.AscensionPress.com or www.FriendlyDefenders.com. Information herein posted under the "rules of fair use" to foster education and discussion in accordance with Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976.
From the Author
It is God’s will that all may come to know him, and may be saved in Jesus Christ: “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven …. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect…” (CCC 1030, 1031). Some of our non-Catholic friends get needlessly hung up on the word, purgatory. Yet the Church could have called it something else. What’s important to understand and reflect on is there is, indeed, scriptural evidence of this doctrine of faith, for we know that nothing unclean will enter heaven (Rev 21:27).
Dr. Scott Hahn answers question about Purgatory and more…
catechism of the Catholic Church
For information about what the Catholic Church believes, answers to FAQs, and an encompassing resource addressing common objections and misconceptions non-Catholics and Catholics alike may have about the Church and what it teaches, we invite you to visit the online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Let us pray.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”
Saint John Paul II, pope
Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68).
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.