ANSWER: C. Both pain and joy. 

In purgatory, the purging of our soul from remaining sin will be painful to say the least, but we will simultaneously experience the profound joy, peace, and full awareness that full union with the most loveable and most merciful being in the world is around the corner.


In her Treatise on Purgatory, St. Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510) explains the joy and the torment experienced by those in purgatory. Her observations are based on visions she received from God. The treatise, which is part of The Dialogue, was penned by a notary named Battista Vernazza who knew St. Catherine.

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