How do you explain why we, as Catholics, believe in Purgatory? This word is not in the bible yet we are taught to believe in Purgatory. I do believe because it makes sense to me logically and I trust my church but I have a desire to know more.
I know this issue was discussed at the early church councils and there are a couple of verses that seem to infer "a purging through fire." But where does it originate?
From books, I've learned that Our Lady has shown the visionaries Heaven, Purgatory and Hell. St. Faustina was brought to Purgatory by her Guardian Angel and wrote about in it her book, The Diary of Sister Faustina. (Which I have and still need to read.)
Of course, there is the St. Gertrude Prayer taught to her by Our Lord:
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