|Location of PurgatoryHoly Scripture does not reveal to us the location of purgatory. But it is the general opinion of theologians
that purgatory is located in the interior of the earth, very near to the place of eternal perdition. This is
also the common belief of the faithful and is confirmed by the liturgical pryaers of the Church and the
testimony of Holy Scripture. The vast prison of pain known as purgatory is, according to some spiritual
writers, divided into many parts wherin souls suffer in different degrees of intensity according to the
faults they may have to expiate or the debits they have yet to pay. |
We must not, however, view purgatory as being confined to a particular location. The writings of many saintly persons mention various places where the holy souls are purified and are made to suffer their purgatory. Father Faber observes: "Some souls undergo their punishment in the air, or near their graves, or near the altars of the Blessed Sacrament, or in the rooms of those praying for them, or amid the scenes of former sins or firvolities."
|Torments of PurgatoryPurgatory punishes, by tortures unknown to earth, the slightest stains of sin remaining upon the soul after death, and while punishing, purifies the soul from those stains. No human tongue can describ the intense pain which the suffering souls must endure in the process of purification. The Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, says: "The least pin in purgatory is greater than the greatest suffering in this world." And elsewhere he adds: "The same fire torments the reprobate in hell and the just in purgatory."|