Cardinal Arinze: More On Purgatory

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Is the suffering in purgatory intense?

  • Yes.
  • Suffering in Purgatory is more difficult than anything we experience here on Earth.

Why is purgatory called a place of mercy?

  • Our final destination in eternity is either Heaven or Hell.
  • Purgatory is God’s mercy allowing us to still go to Heaven after being cleaned up through suffering.

Is it better to accept the sufferings for our sin that God gives us on earth, or to suffer in Purgatory?

  • It’s better to suffer on earth!
  • Suffering on earth is far easier than suffering in Purgatory.
  • Purgatory is a gift from God, and we are grateful for it.
  • However, suffering for sin on earth is a better gift.