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On Tue, 17 Oct 2000, Yoon Ha Lee wrote:

> I've never understood purgatory.

The doctrine of Purgatory is founded on the notion that although
everyone is irrevocably damned or saved at the moment of death,
some -- indeed most -- saved souls are not yet free of what may
be called the *habit* of sinfulness, and need to undergo a purgative
(cleansing) process before being admitted to Heaven.  This being
so, it is as rational to pray for those in Purgatory as for the
living.

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