“Will this fiery process of purification hurt? Yes, as St.

“Will this fiery process of purification hurt? Yes, as St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3: the soul in purgatory suffers and will enter heaven, -only as though passing through fire.- Perhaps the most important lesson we can learn from these facts is that we can avoid purgatory altogether, or at least an extended stay there, by offering to the Lord our daily trials and pains. These sufferings are purgatorial in themselves, if they are offered to God with a loving and contrite heart. In this way, our suffering is purified and elevated. It becomes a participation in the redemptive sufferings of Christ (cf. Col. 1:24).”