If you are just joining us, we are continuing a discussion of the Church's teaching on Purgatory. Last time, we ended with this question.
If baptism and faith in Christ covers our sin and gives us God's grace, why then is sanctification necessary?
Because baptism is grace, not magic. Grace is the life of God planted in the human soul. It is the "imperishable seed" given us by God (1 Peter 1:23). But the seed must grow, as our Lord taught (Matthew 13:1-32). It is not simply, as some have taught, a covering of our sins like snow on a dunghill, but is rather a means of transforming us in our inner being, as Paul taught.
Consider Israel. In the book of Exodus we read the story of how God got...READ MORE