"PURGATORY may exist whether he likes it or not…..It may be obvious to us that [a person] is already utterly sinless, at one with the saints. It may be evident to us that [he] is already utterly selfless, filled only with God and forgetful of the very meaning of gain. But if the cosmic power holds that there are still some strange finishing touches, beyond our fancy, to put to his perfection, then certainly there will be some cosmic provision for that mysterious completion of the seemingly complete. The stars are not clean in His sight and His angels He chargeth with folly; and if [God] should decide….there is room for improvement, we can but admit that omniscience can heal the defect that we cannot even see."

~G.K. Chesterton: G.K’s Weekly, April 11, 1925.

Artwork: An Angel Frees the Souls of Purgatory, by Lodovico Carracci. Oil on canvas, c. 1610; Pinacoteca, Vatican.