(or way) The progressive purification of the soul mounting upwards to contemplation. According to spiritual writers it is threefold: purgative, illuminative, and unitive. God begins by purifying souls, then He exercises them in virtue, and lastly He unites them more completely to Himself by the bonds of pure love.

MLA Citation

  • “state”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 October 2012. Web. 18 June 2021. <>