Thanks for the good question.
I am a prayer warrior for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and I need a clarification.
- Do we go to Purgatory (if necessary) when we die or do we sleep until the Judgement Day?
- If the latter is true, how can we pray for the Souls in Purgatory?
No, we do not sleep until the Day of Judgment; we will not be in hibernation nor will we be dormant.
Our souls will be active and consciously engaged in a passive sense — having any impurities being painfully burned away from our souls — if needed. Our passive purification in Purgatory, the Holy Hospital of Heaven, has nothing to do with ones justification or salvation. Jesus won that for us on the Cross.
Those being purified in Purgatory have been justified and saved by the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus. The painful purification of our soul in Purgatory and our duration there depends on our personal holiness at our Particular Judgment, when we pass from this earthly life to the next. It is a process of our own purification toward 100% holiness like the Lord so we can be one with Him . . . really!
As I said in another answer:
The finished work of Christ is complete and is being applied to those in Purgatory. It has to be applied because man has free will to choose good deeds or choose bad deeds during his Earthly life.
Because different people from generation to generation can make an array of different choices (good and bad) in life, there are likely wide variants in Purgatory based on the intensity of the pain and our duration in Purgatory.
Do keep praying for the Holy Souls!
We need more Holy Soul Prayer Warriors like you!
If you haven't seen it yet, check out my other web site dedicated to praying for the Holy Souls.