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Catholic view of Purgatory ... Is it real?

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We are purified and cleansed and then sin and need to be again.

Mike Kirby said -
How does everybody the interpret this verse?

Hebrews 1:3b
when He had by Himself purged our sins,
sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high..

(verse truncated for brevity)

Was "purgation" a past event or a future event?

His purging of our sins is a past event for those of us who are trying to follow Him. His is the first purification, just as Baptism is the first cleansing. But then we go on to live our lives and sin and repent and sin and repent, hopefully sincerely each time with the full intent of never sinning again, but we are told we will indeed sin and if we think we don't then the truth is not in us.

1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

This state of grace that we are in upon first accepting Christ must be maintained and restored as we sin, which is why we have to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.