(quote) Cindy-534370 said: Hi Lynea,
I was just briefly reading some of the end post, and caught the line you wrote about someone going to confession and receiving absolution, after leaving the confession he dropped over and died, you said he went directly to heaven,
I want to bring out, that this is not true. Everybody goes first to purgatory, whether they are free of their sins or not, The person who was reconciled with Jesus, after he died, he went to purgatory. You must first be purified before entering into heaven, that includes everybody,
Cindy, you raise a valid point here, but the statement is not entirely correct. As Paul noted, I think it would be correct that the vast majority of those souls that are saved undergo some purgation, it is not an absolute certainty (even if you don't consider the Blessed Virgin and John the Baptist).
Each sin we commit brings with it both guilt, restitutiion, and temporal punishment that must be satisfied before we enter heaven. Consider a temporal analogy: if someone robs you, if they sincerely apologize and return what they stole, you may forgive them but they will still have to serve time in prison for the crime.
It is true that the absolution in confession provides forgiveness of the guilt for our sins but not of the temporal punishment (the purification) due. The error is in stating that everyone must go through purgation before entering heaven. The Church grants indulgences for specific acts, usually prayers, performed under certain conditions. These indulgences may be either partial or full: partial indulgences satisfy a portion of the temporal punishment due; full indulgences completely satisfy the temporal punishment due at that point in time (N.B. they do NOT prevent additional temporal punishment from being incurred in the future). There is a form of the Apostolic Blessing which can be administered at death that includes a full indulgence. (sanctamissa.org
In another post you mentioned that you were given this information by a priest. In one sense, it is good that he is trying to make the faithful aware of the likelihood that we will undergo purgation if saved, especially given the very common practice of "pulpit canonizations" -- where a priest speaks of the deceased at their funeral as if they are already in heaven -- which may well result in people failing to pray for the repose of the souls of their deceased loved one; however, it would be equally helpful for him to make them aware of the ways they can satisfy at least a portion of their own temporal punishment here on earth.
If you have the opportunity, you might ask him about indulgences in the context of his previous statement.