Last time, in this space, we began looking at the Church's doctrine of Purgatory, and we left off with this excellent question:
What's the point of sanctification and Purgatory if you are basically a good person? Wouldn't a God of love accept us as we are?
We often hear "So and so is 'basically a good person.'" What do we mean by it? To find out, suppose someone says, "Einstein was basically a good scientist" or "Bach was basically a good musician" or "Babe Ruth was basically a good ball player." Does this strike you as rather weak? That's not surprising. When we say that somebody is "basically good" we are really saying "despite their mediocrity, they had some good qualities." That is...READ MORE