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We have culled References to Purgatory from a few sources.
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Reference: The Holy Bible: Douay Version

Behold the man... : St. John 19: 4-5

"Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith to them:'Behold, I bring him forth unto you, that you may know that I find no cause in him.' (Jesus therefore came forth, bearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment.) And he saith to them: 'Behold the Man.'"







Reference: The Holy Bible: Douay Version

Come After Me... : St. Luke 9: 23-26

"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."

"For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; for he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, and cast himself away."

"For he that shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him the Son of man shall be ashamed, when he shall come in his majesty, and that of his Father, and of the holy angels."







Reference: The Holy Bible: Douay Version

Foot of the Cross... : St. John 19: 25-27

"Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: "Woman, behold thy son." After that, he saith to the disciple: "Behold thy mother." And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own."







Reference: The Holy Bible: Douay Version

Forgiveness... : St. Matthew 18: 21-35

"Then came Peter unto him and said: 'Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?' Jesus saith to him: 'I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times.'

Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a king, who would take an account of his servants. And when he had begun to take the account, one was brought to him, that owed him ten thousand talents. And when he had not wherewith to pay it, his lord commanded that he should be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. But that servant falling down, besought him, saying: 'Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.' And the lord of that servant being moved with pity, let him go and forgave him the debt. But when that servant was gone out, he found one of his fellow servants that owed him an hundred pence: and laying hold of him, he throttled him, saying: 'Pay what thou owest.' And his fellow servant falling down, besought him, saying: 'Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.' And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he paid the debt.

Now his fellow servants seeing what was done, were very much grieved, and they came and told their lord all that was done. Then his lord called him; and said to him: Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all the debt, because thou besoughtest me: 'Shouldst not then have had compassion also on thy fellow servant, even as I had compassion on thee?' And his lord being angry, delivered him to the torturers until he paid all the debt.

So also shall my heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts."







Reference: The Holy Bible: Douay Version

If two of you consent... : St. Matthew 18: 19

"Again I say to you, that if two of you consent upon earth, concerning any thing whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done to them by my Father who is in heaven."







Reference: The Following of Christ: In Four Books

Jesus' Humility... : Book 3: 13 'Of the Obedience of an Humble Subject, After the Example of Jesus Christ', pp. 239-240

"1. Because as yet thou lovest thyself too inordinately, therefore dost thou fear to resign thyself entirely to the will of others."

2. But what great matter is it, if thou who art but dust and a mere nothing, submit thyself to man for God's sake, when I, the almighty and the Most High, who created all things out of nothing, have for thy sake humbly subjected Myself to man? I became the most humble and most abject of all men, that thou mightest overcome thy pride by my Humility. Learn, O dust, to obey; learn to humble thyself, earth and clay, and to bow under the feet of all. Learn to break thy own will, and to yield thyself up to all subjection."







Reference: St. Faustina Kowalska

from Divine Mercy in My Soul [20]

"[The next night] I saw my Guardian Angel, who ordered me to follow him. In a moment I was in a misty place full of fire in which there was a great crowd of suffering souls. They were praying fervently, but to no avail, for themselves; only we can come to their aid. The flames which were burning them did not touch me at all. My Guardian Angel did not leave me for an instant. I asked these souls what their greatest suffering was. They answered me in one voice that their greatest torment was longing for God. I saw Our Lady visiting the souls in Purgatory. The souls call her 'The Star of the Sea.' She brings them refreshment. I wanted to talk with them some more, but my Guardian Angel beckoned me to leave. We went out of that prison of suffering. [I heard an interior voice] which said, My mercy does not want this, but justice demands it."







Reference: The Liturgy of the Hours

Volume IV: Ordinary Time - Weeks 18-34. August 28 - Augustine, Bishop and Doctor. Office of Readings: p. 1357

"Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace."







Reference: The Holy Bible: Douay Version

Lazarus and the Rich Man: St. Luke 16: 19-31

"There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen; and feasted sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores, desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table, and no one did give him; moreover the dogs came, and licked his sores.

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. And the rich man also died: and he was buried in hell. And lifting up his eyes when he was in torments, he saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom: And he cried, and said:

'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, to cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame.'

And Father Abraham said to him: 'Son, remember that thou didst receive good things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazarus evil things, but now he is comforted; and thou art tormented. And besides all this, between us and you, there is fixed a great chaos: so that they who would pass from hence to you, cannot, nor from thence come hither.'

And he said: 'Then, father, I beseech thee, that thou wouldst send him to my father's house, for I have five brethren, that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torments.

And Abraham said to him: 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'

But he said: 'No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will do penance.'

And he said to them: 'If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe, if one rises again from the dead.'"







Reference: The Holy Bible: Douay Version

The Living Bread: St. John 6: 54-59

Amen, amen I say unto you: Except that you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you.

He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up on the last day.

For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed.

He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him.

As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so that he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me.

This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead. He that eateth this bread, shall live for ever.







Reference: The Holy Bible: Douay Version

The Mortification of Jesus: 2 Corinthians 4: 10-11

Always bearing about in our body the mortification of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodies.

For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake; that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh.







Reference: The Holy Bible: Douay Version

The Narrow Gate: St. Matthew 7: 12-13

Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.

How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!







Reference: The Holy Bible: Douay Version

Our Lady's Fiat: St. Luke 1: 38

"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word."







Reference: The Holy Bible: Douay Version

Reward for Our Works: Revelation 22: 12-15

"Behold, I come quickly: and my reward is with me to render to every man according to his works.

I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

Blessed are they that wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb: that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city.

Without are dogs, and sorcerers, and unchaste, and murderers, and servers of idols, and every one that loveth and maketh a lie."







Reference: The Holy Bible: Douay Version

The Sermon on the Mount: St. Matthew 5: 1-12

"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain, and then he was set down, his disciples came unto him. And opening his mouth, he taught them saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you."







Reference: An Unpublished Manuscript on Purgatory

by Sister M-.

"On earth you simply do not know what God is. There, each one of you has an idea of what you think God is, according to your very limited knowledge, but when we leave our covering of clay and when nothing impedes the liberty of our souls, we at last begin to know God, His goodness, His mercy, His love. After this clearer view and the thirst for union, our souls yearn for God. This is our very life and we are forever repulsed because we are not sufficiently pure. This, in a word, is our worst suffering, the hardest, the most bitter. Oh, if only we were allowed to come back to earth, after knowing what God really is, what a different life we would lead! But what useless regrets, and yet on earth you do not think of these things and live as if you were blind. Eternity is of no account to you. The earth, which is only a journey and receives only the body which in itself turns to dust, is the sole object to which almost all of your desires tend and you do not even think of Heaven while Jesus and His love are entirely forgotten."







Reference: An Unpublished Manuscript on Purgatory

by Sister M-.

"On Christmas night, thousands of souls leave their place of expiation for Heaven, but many remain, and I am of their number. You sometimes say to me that the perfecting of a soul is a long process and you are also astonished that after so many prayers, I am so long deprived of the sight of God. Alas, the perfecting of a soul does not take any less time in Purgatory than upon earth. There are a number of souls, but they are very few, who have only a few venial sins to expiate. These do not stay long in Purgatory. A few well-said prayers, a few sacrifices soon deliver them. But when there are souls like mine - and that is nearly all whose lives have been so empty and who paid little or no attention to their salvation - then their whole life has to be begun over again in this place of expiation. The soul has to perfect itself all over again, and love and desire Him, whom it did not love sufficiently on earth. This is the reason why the deliverance of some souls is delayed. God has given me a very great grace in allowing me to ask for prayers. I did not deserve it, but without this I would have remained like most of those here, for years and years more."