One image of purgatory that was presented during my time in the seminary has stuck in my mind due to its vibrant, fearful image. In it, Mary is pictured with a scapular fishing souls out of purgatory, which is depicted as a sea of fire tormenting those occupying it. Needless to say, such an image wouldn't inspire anyone to want to go there.
While no one wants to go there, purgatory remains a truth that we can't escape. Popularly speaking, God is often viewed as too good to permit anyone to go to hell, let alone purgatory. This thought is only partially true, though.
On Sunday, Nov. 2, we commemorate the souls of all the faithful departed.
Jesus sets the tone for the celebration when He tells us, "All that the Father gives me shall come to me; no one who comes will I ever reject. ... It is the will of Him who sent me that I should lose nothing of what He has given me; rather, that I should raise it up on the last day."