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Catholic view of Purgatory ... Is it real?

michael_legna's picture

This is already covered in the thread

alivetoservejesus said -
to be absent in the body is to be present with the lord. There no in between.

First welcome to the discussion.

Second, this issue has already been covered in the thread - perhaps you would like to review it if you have other ideas you think dispute this doctrine to see if they are covered.

The short response to your point is that Purgatory does not take any time because it is a spiritual state and is outside of time. When we die we go to the judgment where it is determined whether we built on the foundation of Christ or not, then our works are tried by fire and those which are not satisfactory are burnt away and we suffer loss. But all of this occurs outside of time so we (from the view point of our earthly existence) go right from being in the body to being with Christ.