After 40 years I can finally solidify my belief in purgatory. I was away from the Catholic for a little over 20 years. But it wasn’t because of reasons you hear most former Catholics leaving the faith. I simply did not want to go to church. I never rejected any of its teachings.
Here are a few things I want to share and how came to affirm my belief in Purgatory
I never rejected it in the first place. Why? Because the Church tells us it’s true.
I read and research LOTS of history. The past few months I have been studying the 12 apostles and early church fathers. This helped to have lightbulb moment I wasn’t making it a point to read everything possible about purgatory. I knew it would click with me eventually.
When the lightbulb moment took place. I had pull my car over and stop driving. I realized I was drenched in sweat and in a state of shock and fear. After a moment God’s Grace and Mercy made more sense to me than ever.
I was listening to an audio series Purgatory Explained when this happened. If I would have listened to that audio series at any other moment in my life I may not have had that same experience or effect on me. Therefore, I’d never recommend as a beginning to someone who knows nothing about purgatory. They’ll laugh and think it’s a Hollywood production.
Lastly, it takes time and an honest effort to understand and accept it. Study Catholic Church history and it will make sense eventually.
Hopefully, this made sense to anyone who reads this. I’d love to hear feedback.