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I only bring all this up to clarify that Heaven is different than purgatory and the post-resurrection heaven must be a place because our bodies will be there reunited with our souls. We used to refer to Purgatory as the "Church Suffering" but that made a lot of people frown when they thought of their not-too-saintly aunts and uncles. So now we call them the "Holy souls in purgatory" but the point is, we don't call 'em the holy souls and bodies in purgatory. And that's the real point, just like Moses and the IsraelitesMoses and the Israelites who were pretty convinced that you'd die if you saw God face to face. The souls in purgatory are there because they literally can't do what the souls in heaven (the Church Triumphant) are capable of doing; seeing God's glory, the beatific vision.

I only bring all this up to clarify that Heaven is different than purgatory and the post-resurrection heaven must be a place because our bodies will be there reunited with our souls. We used to refer to Purgatory as the "Church Suffering" but that made a lot of people frown when they thought of their not-too-saintly aunts and uncles. So now we call them the "Holy souls in purgatory" but the point is, we don't call 'em the holy souls and bodies in purgatory. And that's the real point, just like Moses and the Israelites who were pretty convinced that you'd die if you saw God face to face. The souls in purgatory are there because they literally can't do what the souls in heaven (the Church Triumphant) are capable of doing; seeing God's glory, the beatific vision.

I only bring all this up to clarify that Heaven is different than purgatory and the post-resurrection heaven must be a place because our bodies will be there reunited with our souls. We used to refer to Purgatory as the "Church Suffering" but that made a lot of people frown when they thought of their not-too-saintly aunts and uncles. So now we call them the "Holy souls in purgatory" but the point is, we don't call 'em the holy souls and bodies in purgatory. And that's the real point, just like Moses and the Israelites who were pretty convinced that you'd die if you saw God face to face. The souls in purgatory are there because they literally can't do what the souls in heaven (the Church Triumphant) are capable of doing; seeing God's glory, the beatific vision.

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There are at least two very poignant biblical principles concerning purgatory

Judas rallied his army and went to the city of Adullam. As the seventh day was approaching, they purified themselves according to custom and kept the sabbath there. On the following day, since the task had now become urgent, Judas and his companions went to gather up the bodies of the fallen and bury them with their kindred in their ancestral tombs. But under the tunic of each of the dead they found amulets sacred to the idols of Jamnia, which the law forbids the Jews to wear. So it was clear to all that this was why these men had fallen. They all therefore praised the ways of the Lord, the just judge who brings to light the things that are hidden.

Turning to supplication, they prayed that the sinful deed might be fully blotted out. The noble Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves free from sin, for they had seen with their own eyes what had happened because of the sin of those who had fallen. He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection in mind; for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be absolved from their sin.
2 Maccabees 12:38-46 - NABRE

I quote this in full because the explanation is at least as important as the fact. The fact is, whoever wrote 2 Maccabees was thinking the same thing that lots of Protestants think, It is superflous and foolish to pray for the dead. The only way that these fallen away Jews would "rest in godliness" is to be atoned for their sins.

Matthew 5:26 and Luke 12:59 shed further light on how deep the debt goes that those who die in their sins need to repay. And the guy in Matthew 18:34 who weaseled his way out of his own debt only to not forgive another man his debt got what the commentary in the NABRE says is "an endless debt". That's not so good.

My diocese's bishop likes to joke about feeling fortunate that St. Peter will ask him to turn the lights off when they kick everyone out of purgatory on the last day, but that's still infinitely better than Hell. Purgatory doesn't even make the list on the Catechesis of "Last Things" (Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell) and St. John Paul the Great more or less relegated Purgatory to a state. Not a plane of existence, but a state of the soul. Purgatory can't have any meaning after the last judgment, so what my bishop was saying was, he's not banking on making it into heaven until everyone else is already there eating breakfast.

I only bring all this up to clarify that Heaven is different than purgatory and the post-resurrection heaven must be a place because our bodies will be there reunited with our souls. We used to refer to Purgatory as the "Church Suffering" but that made a lot of people frown when they thought of their not-too-saintly aunts and uncles. So now we call them the "Holy souls in purgatory" but the point is, we don't call 'em the holy souls and bodies in purgatory. And that's the real point, just like Moses and the Israelites who were pretty convinced that you'd die if you saw God face to face. The souls in purgatory are there because they literally can't do what the souls in heaven (the Church Triumphant) are capable of doing; seeing God's glory, the beatific vision.