Purgatory: ‘Spiritual ICU’ – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Priests don’t usually have time off Sunday mornings, but Fr. Steven Voss, our Pastor, found himself free one Sunday morning and spent much of the time visiting the cemetery with his father. While a cemetery visit may seem like an unusual way to spend free time, it was All Souls Day, which kicks off an entire month of remembering those who have passed on. Not everybody makes it to Heaven right away, notes Fr. Steven, and they need our prayers because they may be in Purgatory. “It is a beautiful place,” says Fr. Steven. “We should be grateful for the opportunity.”

God does not punish people in Purgatory, but heals and purifies them for Heaven. Purgatory is “intensive care” for the soul. “In intensive care, there is a great deal of suffering, but it’s not because anyone in ICU is inflicting pain on people,” says Fr. Steven. “There is a certain pain that comes from moving from brokenness to wholeness.” Nothing that is wounded or imperfect goes to Heaven, but “Jesus is seeking to save the lost,” says Fr. Steven. Let us draw closer to the souls of those who have gone before and especially help those healing in Purgatory with our prayers. Click on the video above or this link to listen to Fr. Steven’s full homily of Nov. 2, 2014 via YouTube.

Read also: Near-death experiences and ‘Purgatory, The Forgotten Church’

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About Karin Livingston

Mrs. Livingston taught at Saint Joseph Catholic School with a State of Colorado teaching license for 15 years before moving into the parish-school technology coordinator position in 2006. Mrs. Livingston was instrumental in piloting the technology aspects of the school literacy program, including introduction of the Accelerated Reader reading practice program, and the Student Teacher Assessment of Reading (STAR) program. Mrs. Livingston has been a parishioner at Saint Joseph Catholic Church since 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Science from the University of California at Davis. Mrs. Livingston blogs and is the author of the young-adult equestrian novel, Winning Bet.
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