living purgatory on earth helps us to draw closer to god

DEAR FATHER | Living purgatory on earth is a way to draw ourselves closer to God

Many times as a priest, I encounter people who are undergoing great suffering in their life. This suffering may be physical, mental or emotional pain, disunity and brokenness in their family, troubles at work or illness. In the midst of such sufferings, when answers are hard to come by, people at times say to me, "Well, Father, I guess I am just going through my purgatory here on Earth."

Let us first acknowledge the foundation in faith of this statement, as the believer tries to reconcile God's love with the circumstances of pain around them.

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