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JOHN. 8:32 “et cognoscetis veritatem et veritas liberabit vos”


Posted by catholicfaithdefender on January 20, 2009


by Atty. Marwil Llasos of Defensores Fidei Foundation


Our Lady helping the souls in Purgatory through the help of angels


Intermediate state: Purgatory. No second chances – the souls there are saved, but through fire (1 Corinthians 3:15)

“There is a purgatory, and the souls there detained are assisted by the suffrages of the faithful, but especially by the most acceptable sacrifice of the altar” (Council of Trent).

This dogmatic definition contains 3 points of faith that all Catholics are required to believe:

1. There is a purgatory

2. After death, souls suffer there for their sins

3. The living can extend assistance to such souls

There is a purgatory

Forgiveness of sin in the next – Matthew 12:32

“Under the earth” – Revelations 5:2-3; Philippians 2:10

After death, souls suffer there for their sins

“You will not come out of it till you pay the last penny” – Matthew 5:26

“Matthean Parallel” (See: Matthew 18:23-35)

“Lazarusian Incident” (See: Luke 16:19-31)

Spirits in prison – 1 Peter 3:18-20; 4:6

The living can extend assistance to such souls

Restrain not grace from the dead – Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 7:37

See: Ruth 1:8

Offerings/Sacrifice for the dead

2 Maccabees 12:38-36

“And making a gathering, he sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection” (2 Maccabees 12:43, Douay-Rheims Bible).

Fasting for the for the dead

1 Samuel 31:13;

1 Chronicles 10:12

2 Samuel 1:12

Prayer for the dead

2 Maccabees 12:44-46

“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins” (2 Maccabees 12:46, Douay-Rheims Bible).

See: Nehemiah 1:4-6, cf. Nehemiah 2:5

Understanding Purgatory:

1. Understanding the doctrine of purgatory demands knowing the nature/attributes of God:

God is Holy (Habakkuk 1:13; Isaiah 6:3; Revelations 4:8; Leviticus 11:44

God is Just (1 John 1:9; Revelations 15:3)

God is Merciful (Psalm 116, Lamentations 3:22, Psalm 103:8)

See: Ruth 2:20

God is Love (1 John 4:8, 16)

2. Understanding the doctrine of purgatory demands a proper understanding of the concept of sin:

Gradation (degrees) of sin

Mortal Sin vs. Venial Sin (1 John 5:16-17, NRSV)

Nuestra Señora de Salvacion, ruega por nosotros! Marwil

Bro. Marwil Llasos is one of the best Catholic Apologist in the country today. If you want to read more of his Apologetic Materials I suggest you visit his Blogs. They are listed in our Blog links in the right side of this Blog.


  1. rosie said

    was just writing to say tht I get so bombarded all the time by other christians and I get very upset.. please help with purgatory and prayers for the alrdy dead..plise!help

  2. John said

    What is Maccabees!!!!!!?????? I’m Christian (the real thing) and I’ve never heard of this in my life!!!??? My whole family are preachers !!!It makes me mad actually.

    • catholicfaithdefender said

      Maccabees is Part of the Septuagint old Testament canon used by Jesus Christ and his Apostles.

  3. Jason said

    Hi Rosie. I’m in the same boat; I have a few friends who are evangelist, morman, etc whose beliefs differ from my own. But really you shouldn’t get upset about it. You could point them to some of the verses above (I found Peter 3:18-20 really good), but chances are your friends / associates hold just as strongly to their doctrine as we as catholics do to ours. It’s better not to focus on your differences, but your similarities- that we’re all children of god and that we are all saved my Jesus Christ’s sacrifice.

    God bless, I hope things work out for you.

  4. Bill in Ohio said

    Protest-ants and Jews knew the final empire in the scriptures will be 100% Roman Catholic so the true gospel can be preached to the entire world before JEW Anti Christ.
    This is why they have so viruently attacked the roman catholic church its; peoples its monasteries its governments, its properties. We are called by the heretics schismatics and apostates the whore of Babylon when they well know the whore is Judaism/ Occult Judaism.

  5. Naritzki said

    What is NOT WRITTEN in the Bible, I don’t believe.

    • catholicfaithdefender said

      Naritski…. Your argumentation seems as an illogical reasoning in which you can also be trap to your own wiles….. Where can you find in the KJV or NIV version of the Bible The word Bible in its chapters and verses (not on the cover)……. Where can you find in the Bible that the author of the Acts of the apostles was LUKE????
      Where can you find (word-4-word) Bible alone as the sole of faith in the chapters and verses of the Bible???

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