Saturday, November 2, 2013

All Souls, Purgatory and Dirty China

by Steve Ray on November 2, 2013

Gus Llyod’s Reflection on Purgatory

Today we celebrate the Feast of All Souls. It is the day we remember all the souls in Purgatory. Purgatory can be a controversial topic, and hard to explain. So, I would like to help you with that. Following is one of the chapters of A Minute in the Church on Purgatory. I hope this helps.

A family was having Thanksgiving dinner. So they took out their finest china, their most prized possession, for the feast. After a long and delicious meal, their fine china was full of gunk. Rather than put the china directly into the china hutch, the most beautiful place imaginable where it would stay forever, they put it into the sink and lovingly washed off the gunk.

This little parable may be a good way for us to understand Purgatory. You see, you are that fine china, God’s most precious possession. The table represents our lives on earth, where we accumulate a lot of gunk. And the beautiful china hutch represents heaven, where we will live forever.


In 1 Cor. 3:13-15, St. Paul speaks about the person who is being saved, in other words on their way to heaven, but who is being purified as through fire. The word purgatory simply means “to be purified.” Now the Book of Revelation 21:27 says that nothing unclean will enter heaven. So think of Purgatory as the sink, where God lovingly washes us clean, so that we can take our place with all those who have gone in faith before us.

Father, we pray for all the souls in Purgatory, that they may be released and behold your face in heavenly glory. Amen.


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We had some good calls and questions on this show and it was fun answering them. You can listen to the show on-line here. Other listening options here.

Since there are no true pictures of the real Jesus, only someone’s interpretation of what he might have looked like, aren’t pictures of Jesus false images?

How does the Catholic Church explain praying to the dead, especially when it seems like the Old Testament discourages prayer to the dead?

Non-denominational asked: We believe that salvation comes from faith, not works. What do Catholics believe on this? How do you think Mary is involved in salvation?

Non-denominational asked: My 16 year old daughter-in-law is demon possessed and worships Satan. She is not interested in getting help. What should I do?

Why do Catholics believe you have to confess sins to a priest? Can’t we just confess our sins to God? What is your concept of praying for other people?