Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints

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What lies hereafter? How shall we be saved if we are to be judged on every idle thought or act, on every word or deed? It is a truth of the Faith that the soul of every person who dies in the state of grace without having made sufficient expiation on earth for his forgiven sins will undergo the penal purification of Purgatory before entering Heaven. In Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints, Jesuit Fr. F. X. Schouppe presents the ancient Catholic tradition on Purgatory, explaining how its pains are great—greater than any suffering known on earth—how they are adapted to the past sins of each individual soul, how they can vary in duration from less than one minute to a period of several centuries, and how they manifest the infinite Mercy of God no less than His Justice, since a certain debt for the pain of sin is owed in order to become perfected in the Sacrifice of Christ, but for those who are imperfect at the point of death, Mercy provides a solution in Purgatory.

Fr. Schouppe compiles what the saints have said about Purgatory, relying on apparitions, visions, and revelations from the lives of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Gertrude the Great, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Jean-Baptiste Marie Vianney, St. Lidwina of Schiedam, and others, who recount many occasions when God has allowed souls in Purgatory to appear on earth to plead for prayers, sacrifices, and Masses for their relief. Above all, Fr. Schouppe emphasizes first the wonderful relief which the souls in Purgatory receive from prayers, penance, almsgiving, and especially from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered for them. These souls will have measureless gratitude upon their release, obtaining priceless benefits for their benefactors in return. Most important, Fr. Schouppe emphasizes that we must avoid Purgatory by growing in Divine Charity for God and others, living it to the full.

Fr. F. X. Schouppe, SJ
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9 Reviews

  • 5
    Purgatory Explained

    Posted by Joanna on May 24th 2023

    Excellent book. After reading it I felt that it truly explained a lot.

  • 5
    Got to read it until the end

    Posted by Garrett on May 24th 2023

    As another comment stated. It really is a must to read all the way through. This book mayoude me shu…

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  • 5
    The perfect book to help

    Posted by BRENDA S. on Dec 15th 2022

    The perfect book to help you get your priorities straight in life! I got my first copy many years ag…

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  • 5
    Highly recommend book for every

    Posted by RITA R. on Dec 8th 2022

    Highly recommend book for every Catholics. Our life here on earth is temporary, the salvation of our…

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  • 5
    Absolutely amazing!

    Posted by NICOLE W. on Dec 6th 2022

    I read this book 20 years ago and then again this year during advent and am blown away by the impact…

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  • 5
    Excellent Book on Purgatory

    Posted by CHRISTINE S. on Nov 1st 2022

    Based on the descriptions of what the poor souls in purgatory suffer, no one is going to want to go …

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  • 5
    Purgatory explained by the lives and legends of the Saints

    Posted by OGHENEVWEDE I. on Oct 31st 2022

    Very intriguing and edifying. It is also educational on a lot of aspects about Purgatory.

  • 5
    Havent finished it yet.

    Posted by Rosemarie N. on Aug 7th 2022

    Havent finished it yet.

  • 5
    Excellent book. If everyone had

    Posted by Eva L. on May 31st 2022

    Excellent book. If everyone had a copy of this book, and read it, we would all be better for it.

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