The fifteen Saints in the following list share their beliefs in Purgatory with us. View the list to read their quotes.
Halloween will be celebrated on Oct. 31. Halloween stands for "All Hallows Eve." It falls on the night before All Saint's Day which is followed by All Soul's Day on Nov. 2. On All Saint's Day the Church celebrates the lives of the Saints. On All Soul's Day the Church prays for the dead, who are on their pilgrimage to heaven (Purgatory).
Although the word Purgatory (as well as the words Trinity and Incarnation) does not appear in the Bible there are several references to it in both the New and the Old Testament. The Saints have testified to their belief in purgatory also.
The three main reasons Catholics believe in Purgatory are the following:
• The Bible teaches us to “pray for the dead”.
2 Maccabees 12:44-45. For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. But if he was looking to the splendid reward that is laid up for those who fall asleep in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Therefore he made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin.
• The Bible tells us of a cleansing fire. Hebrews 12:29 Our God is a consuming fire. Zechariah 13” 8-9 In the whole land, says the Lord, two thirds shall be cut off and perish, and one third shall be left alive. And I will put this third into the fire, refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, “They are my people”, and they will say, “The Lord is our God.”
• St. Paul prayed for the dead. 2 Timothy 1: 17-18 St. Paul prays for Onesiphorus who has died.
• The Church Fathers and early Saints believed in Purgatory: The Church Fathers have a long tradition of praying for the dead. St. Augustine was asked by his mother Monica to pray for him at the altar. St. Gertrude the Great had a devotion to the Souls in Purgatory, as did St. Pio, St. Bridget and St. Bernadette.
VIEW THE LIST to read QUOTES OF THE SAINTS of the Catholic Church regarding the DOCTRINE OF PURGATORY