A recent homily by my parish pastor on this very subject really had me contemplating Purgatory. Why don't we, as Catholics, speak about it very much any longer? We know it exists. We believe a great many of us are going to have to spend some time there before we can go on to Heaven. So, why is it so hush-hush all of a sudden? Are we afraid of offending someone? Do we secretly fear that Purgatory is Hell-adjacent, that's it's a bus stop on the way to the "giant furnace?"
Unfortunately, thanks to a book written in the Middle Ages by a man named Dante Aligheri, entitled The Divine Comedy, many do believe Purgatory is the latter. So they would prefer to believe that it either doesn't exist, or is just a part of Hell's real estate.
Purgatory 101 sets out to correct the bad rap that Dante has given Purgatory. Certainly, Purgatory is no picnic, but neither is it the abyss of misery and despair that Dante claims it to be, either. And it's certainly not Hell-adjacent. With clear, concise, yet easy to understand language, Purgatory 101 debunks the myths surrounding Purgatory, gives the reader a solid understanding of Purgatory and the role it plays in preparation for Heaven or Hell, and shows that through Purgatory, you have the chance to purify yourself, repent of your sins, and be escorted into the Heavenly Kingdom,where there is no suffering, only joy. If you wish to have a true understanding of Purgatory, this book is an excellent educational tool.