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  • Purgatory

    08/12/2015 7:14:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 66 replies ^ | not given | Catholic Answerss
    Purgatory The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," which is experienced by those "who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified" (CCC 1030). It notes that "this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned" (CCC 1031). The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still...
  • The Forgotten Church: 5 Reasons to Pray for the Souls in Purgatory

    08/08/2015 2:06:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 90 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 3, 2014 | SAM GUZMAN
    “Purgatory shows God’s great mercy and washes away the defects of those who long to become one with Him.” – St. Josemaria Escriva When is the last time you heard a homily on purgatory? If your parish is like most, it’s been a very long time. Getting more personal, when is the last time you prayed for the Holy Souls? If you’re like many Catholics, the answer is not recently. The souls in purgatory are too often forgotten by Catholics, and I fear this is often out of a misguided desire not seem medieval (as if that were a...
  • Is There A Purgatory?

    08/09/2015 11:06:27 AM PDT · by Old Yeller · 839 replies ^ | Unknown | Thomas F. Heinze
    The Bible never speaks of a place where one can go to be purified of his sin. Rather, it always speaks of a Person to whom we can go to be purified: Jesus Christ. God tells us that those who refuse to trust Christ to cleanse them from their sins are condemned: Whoever believes in Him avoids condemnation, but whoever does not believe is already condemned for not believing in the name of God's only Son (John 3:18). There are only two choices: Whoever believes in the Son has life eternal. Whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but...
  • 3 Surprising Things About Divine Mercy Sunday (Catholic Caucus)

    04/11/2015 3:28:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 11, 2015 | FR. CHRIS DECKER
    1. Jesus asked for it. St. Faustina Kowalska, was a young member of The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Lodz, Poland. In the early 1930s, she received a series of messages from The Lord expounding His desire to extend mercy upon humanity. He asked her to write these messages down. Among the messages was the request for an image of Himself to be commissioned: "Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus I Trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and throughout the world."(The Diary of St. Maria Faustina...
  • Prayers For, To,and Through the Dead

    04/22/2015 2:34:02 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 508 replies
    Reformed Apologetics Thoughts of Francis Turretin Blog ^ | April 21, 2009 | Francis Turretin Fan
    Within Roman Catholicism (and within some other churches as well) there are prayers that are made for, through, and to the dead. We, as Reformed believers, reject all three of these categories but on different grounds. In discussing these issues with Roman Catholics it may be useful to be able to understand the different categories and to explain why it is that we reject each. We should pray for the living, to the living and true God, through the merits and intercession of Christ alone. 1. Prayers For the Dead In Roman Catholicism, there is a belief in Purgatory. Although...
  • And Death is Gain…A Reflection on the Christian View of Death

    11/13/2014 6:52:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 12, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    And Death is Gain…A Reflection on the Christian View of Death By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the month of November, we remember the souls of the faithful departed and our obligation to pray for them. November and into the early part of Advent is also a part of the Church year during which we begin to ponder the last things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In the northern hemisphere, the days grow shorter. In regions farther north, the once green trees and fields shed their lively green, and after the brief, golden gown of autumn, a kind of death overtakes...
  • All Souls, Purgatory and the Bible

    11/02/2014 3:14:08 PM PST · by NYer · 348 replies
    Da Mihi Animas ^ | November 2 2014
    On All Souls Day, the Catholic Church offers prayers and liturgies for the repose of the dead. As Catholics, we are called by the Church to focus our spiritual energies to assist these poor souls, who, though saved, are still in need of purification. Our prayers and sacrifices assist them in this process of purification as a means used by God to communicate purifying grace to them. After all, He is the vine, we are the branches so that He produces his fruits of grace through us. The practice of praying for the dead actually predates Christianity. In 2 Maccabees...
  • What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/30/2014 2:54:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 99 replies
    Catholic S F ^ | October 30, 2013 | Valerie Schmalz
    Does purgatory still exist? Even though we don’t hear about it as much as in earlier times, Catholics do believe in purgatory. It is a matter of faith, supported by the Bible and tradition, clarified at the Council of Florence in 1439 and the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Here is what we know about purgatory. 1. Purgatory exists: The Catechism of the Catholic Church states there are three states of the church, those who are living on earth, those who are in purgatory and those who are in heaven with God....
  • Purgatory is in the Bible

    05/02/2014 12:28:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 219 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | March 11, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Purgatory is in the Bible This may well be the most common single question I receive concerning our Catholic Faith whether it be at conferences, via email, snail mail, or any other venue. In fact, I’ve answered it twice today already, so I thought I might just blog about it.We’ll begin by making clear just what we mean by “Purgatory.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:All who die in God’s grace, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the...
  • “….and Death is Gain” – A Meditation on the Christian View of Death [Catholic Caucus]

    11/03/2010 8:13:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of ^ | November 2, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “….and Death is Gain” – A Meditation on the Christian View of DeathBy: Msgr. Charles Pope In the month of November we remember the souls of the faithful departed and our obligation to pray for them . November and into the early part of Advent is also a part of the Church Calendar when we begin to ponder the last things: death, judgment, heaven and hell. In the Northern hemisphere the days grow shorter and in regions further north, the once green trees and fields shed their lively green, and after the brief golden gown of autumn, a kind...
  • Ho Hum on Heaven? Not only have many lost a proper fear of Hell, but also a deep longing for Heaven.

    10/31/2013 11:51:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10/31/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Many years ago I was taught that the essence of heaven is the Beatific Vision. That is, one will look upon the glorious and radiant face of God, and find in that look the fulfillment of all desires, and a joy (beatus) beyond all telling.And surely this description remains both true and worth repeating. However, I have noticed that some get stuck on the the word “vision” and to some extent on the word “face,” and tend to reduce the experience to a kind of “static” (unchanging) vision.For our experience of the “face” of another is that it does not...
  • Hungry Souls (a bit of a [Book] review) Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    11/03/2013 2:13:26 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Become What You Are ^ | 20 August 2010 | Catholic. Wife. Mom. Grandma. Homeschooler. Knitter. Army Mom. Texan.
    Hungry Souls (a bit of a review) Posted on 20 August 2010 by becomewhatyouare I can’t remember where I first saw a reference to the book, Hungry Souls – Supernatural Visits, Messages and Warnings from Purgatory. I saw it mentioned in a few places and what I read was enough to make me decide I wanted to read it.I was surprised by the quality of the (physical) book. Being published by TAN, I didn’t expect much by way of paper and binding quality. This book is as well made as any Ignatius book I own. I noticed that St. Benedict Press...

    07/19/2013 5:39:12 AM PDT · by fatima · 283 replies For Father Lorig, going strong at 77 and full of the Spirit, it's a matter of seeing some of it with his own eyes. On about a dozen occasions, says the priest, he has personally encountered spirits of the dead, including at bedside during the night, and has been led to pray their souls toward Jesus. Father Lorig, who was ordained a Catholic priest in 1984, and who is married with four children (and fifteen grandchildren), had some special experiences while at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in Nogales (near the Mexican border). "It was built over an Indian graveyard...
  • Sorry, retweeting the pope won't get you out of hell

    07/18/2013 4:39:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/17/2013 | Rev. James Martin, SJ
    Here were the tantalizingly weird headlines: “Follow pope online, get to heaven sooner - Facebook likes don't count.” “Cut your time in purgatory by following pope on Twitter.” And, worst of all, from Slate: “Pope now offering indulgences in exchange for Twitter followers.” Similar headlines popped up on more than 190 news sources on Wednesday. Ha ha. Is the Catholic Church offering time off in hell– or purgatory, depending on the website - just for checking your Twitter feed every few hours? Is the church really that dumb? And here I thought Pope Francis was cool, or as Esquire recently...
  • The Deadliest of the Deadlies, Today

    12/10/2012 2:08:24 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 10, 2012 | Robert Royal
    If you ask still-practicing Christians about the vices of post-Christian America, many would say: abortion, divorce, promiscuity, pornography, gay marriage, and other burgeoning forms of cultural crudeness. These are serious sins and social problems, to be sure, and naturally grow wherever Christian virtues shrink. But anyone familiar with the traditional sorting of sins and vices might produce a very different kind of list. It’s telling that even Christians today usually don’t. Lust, which lies behind several vices mentioned above, is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, a very common and subtle fault. In Dante’s Divine Comedy, it’s the first sin...
  • Purgatory is Rooted in a Promise

    11/02/2012 4:50:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 102 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 1, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I have blogged before on Purgatory. For example here: Purgatory – Biblical and Reasonable. I have also provided a PDF document on the Biblical roots of the teaching here: PDF Document on Purgatory .On this Feast of All Souls I want to reflect on Purgatory as the necessary result of a promise. Many people think of purgatory primarily in terms of punishment, but it is also important to think of it in terms of promise, purity and perfection. Some of our deceased brethren are having the promises to them perfected in purgatory. In the month of November we are especially...
  • Purgatory: An Objection Answered

    10/26/2012 2:28:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 154 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | October 26, 2012 | Francis J. Beckwith
    In Catholic theology, Purgatory is a state (or a process, not necessarily a place) to which one’s soul travels if one has died in a state of grace, but nevertheless retains unremitted venial sins and certain ingrained bad habits and dispositions. That is, Purgatory is a state for the redeemed who are not yet perfected. It is not a halfway house between Heaven and Hell. In Purgatory, you willingly undergo the quality and quantity of pain and suffering that is uniquely prepared for you so that you may enter Heaven unblemished. But the dead in Purgatory do not go through...
  • Following the Truth: Why I Cringe Every Time I Hear “Safely Home”!

    06/16/2012 5:45:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 89 replies ^ | May 29th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Why I Cringe Every Time I Hear “Safely Home”! May 29th, 2012by Gary Zimak. I do not like the poem, “Safely Home”. There, I said it, let the negative comments begin! However, before you write me off as a “nut” or someone who lacks compassion, let me explain why this seemingly comforting poem is not compatible with Catholic teaching and could actually cause your deceased loved ones to suffer needlessly. Let’s begin by looking at this poem, which is appearing on more and more Catholic prayer cards:I am home in Heaven, dear ones;Oh so happy and so bright!There is perfect...
  • The Ten Scariest DMV Horror Stories

    05/09/2012 7:15:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    JALOPNIK ^ | May 7, 2012 | Raphael Orlove
    The Ten Scariest DMV Horror Stories There is a dark side to driving in the US, and it is known as the DMV. Listen to these ten tales of woe from Jalopnik readers and you'll get a taste of American bureaucracy at its worst. 10.) Counterfeiters get Mustang GTs Suggested By: frankiepoops What happened: Worst experience that I ever had was when the NY DMV decided that my title for my 1996 green Mustang was counterfeit, not the first time I registered it, but when I went back to put it back on the road after parking it for a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PURGATORY, 01-30-12

    01/30/2012 9:48:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 01-30-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PURGATORY The place or condition in which the souls of the just are purified after death and before they can enter heaven. They may be purified of the guilt of their venial sins, as in this life, by an act of contrition deriving from charity and performed with the help of grace. This sorrow does not, however, affect the punishment for sins, because in the next world there is no longer any possibility of merit. The souls are certainly purified by atoning for the temporal punishments due to sin by their willing acceptance of suffering imposed...
  • Of saints, sinners, and purgatorial souls [Catholic Caucus]

    12/27/2011 2:08:57 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Renew America ^ | November 2011 | Matt C. Abbott
    Below is the Preface to the book Praying with the Saints for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, authored by Susan Tassone, whose writings I highly recommend. The Preface is written by Cardinal Ivan Dias, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Many thanks to Ms. Tassone and Our Sunday Visitor for allowing me to reprint this excerpt. To order a copy of the book, click here. All down the centuries, the Catholic Church, true to her belief in the Communion of Saints which she professes and the Apostles' Creed, has urged the faithful to pray fervently for...
  • Purgatory and Praying for All the Faithful Departed

    11/02/2011 1:38:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | November 2, 2011 | Carl Olson
    A Scriptural Reflection on the Readings for November 2, 2011 | The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed | Carl E. Olson“I’ve always had a hard time explaining purgatory,” the man said. “Didn’t the Second Vatican Council say that Catholics no longer have to believe in purgatory?”That remark was made to me years ago, not long after I had entered the Catholic Church. Although I was saddened to hear it, it didn’t surprise me. In the course of studying various Catholic doctrines, I had learned that certain beliefs, including purgatory, were often avoided or even ignored by some Catholics. And...
  • How to Help the Holy Souls in Purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/29/2011 2:08:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    NC Register ^ | October 28, 2011 | JOSEPH PRONECHEN
    What is the best devotion to help the souls in purgatory? The holy sacrifice of the Mass is the chief source of devotion for the holy souls. So, the most powerful means to relieve or release a soul from purgatory is through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. You’ll find that in the Catechism. It says it in 1032: “From the beginning, the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.” In Praying With the Saints...
  • What the Church means by Purgatory

    10/22/2011 1:21:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 1,098 replies · 2+ views
    Fallible Blogma ^ | October 21, 2011
    Catholics get a bad rap for thinking we somehow “merit” or “earn” our own sanctification (and salvation) through “works” that we do. But that’s a misunderstanding of what the Catholic Church actually teaches. Our sanctification (our being made holy) happens only by the Grace of God. But it does require a response on our part. We must cooperate with it. This submission to and cooperation with God’s Grace, Catholics call a “work” and it takes various forms.Some identify this response to God’s grace as a kind of “saving” or “justifying” faith (a faith that produces or is accompanied by works...
  • Heaven For 21 Minutes: Local Couple Tells of Afterlife Experience [Protestant Sees Purgatory]

    07/26/2011 6:38:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 125 replies
    Lancaster Eagle Gazette | 7/9/11
    Article can not be posted due to copyright issues but if you clink on this link you can read all about it.
  • Prayer for the Dead

    11/20/2007 1:24:45 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 74+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 2007 | Bishop Michael J. Sheridan
    The church designates each November as a month dedicated to praying for the dead. The Nov. 2 feast, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day), is a day of special intercession for all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (no. 1032) teaches us that prayer for the dead is one of the spiritual works of mercy.Why should we pray for the dead? Isn’t our fate sealed at the moment of our death? What good does prayer do? When we die we are destined for either...
  • To hell with Hell?

    04/26/2011 3:41:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    Ignatius Insight ^ | April 26, 2011 | Carl Olson
    James Kirk Wall, author of Agnosticism: The Battle Against Shameless Ignorance, seems to think he has come up with a clever line of agnostic apologetics to pursue in getting rid of Hell: Pastor Rob Bell is arguing that there may be no Hell. Would Christianity still be able to sell without Hell, or would membership plummet? Heaven and Hell make up the greatest marketing campaign ever created by man. If you buy what we’re selling, you will live forever in happiness. If you don’t, fire and brimstone for all eternity! Uh, yeah, that's a perfect to way to put...
  • [Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Souls in Purgatory

    04/22/2011 9:49:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | Website-1987 | Saint Faustina*-1931
    Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts   Jesus's words are in italics.  St. Faustina's words are in regular print.   "Your task is to write down everything that I make known to you about My mercy, for the benefit of those who by reading these things will be comforted in their souls and will have the courage to approach Me." (1693)     "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy." (300)     
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Purgatory

    03/12/2011 10:29:53 PM PST · by GonzoII · 34 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Purgatory 851. What Scriptural authority has the Catholic Church for teaching that there is a purgatory? The Catholic Church has Scriptural authority for whatever doctrines she teaches, insofar as she was appointed to be the teacher of mankind by Christ. It would not really matter whether a given doctrine were contained in Scripture or not. While everything in the Bible is true, not everything true is in the Bible. I am getting rather tired of being asked to prove everything from the Bible, as if the Bible were the only test of what we must accept or reject. And even...
  • A Second Chance for the Dead?

    01/27/2011 4:37:54 PM PST · by hawkins · 28 replies
    That Christian Website ^ | 01/27/2011 | Travis Main
    What happens when a person dies? Since death happens to everyone eventually, the question is frequently pondered. Will there be a second chance at life? What happens to our loved ones when they die? Can the living do anything to make the afterlife of the dead better? There are a number of teachings on the topic of death and afterlife. Some theories say that there is nothing after life. Many eastern theologies believe in reincarnation. Christianity speaks of Hades and then an all encompassing judgment. Catholicism speaks of purgatory. The concepts of prayer, baptism, and preaching for the dead, as...
  • Why I Am Catholic: For Purgatory, Thank Heavens (Ecumenical)

    11/21/2010 5:37:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 103 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 2010 | Frank Weathers
    For Purgatory, Thank Heavens Posted by Frank —Feast of All SoulsWhen I was straddling the fence on whether or not I should become a Catholic, I never had a problem with Purgatory. It just makes the most sense to me. I'll admit that I thought I would have a big problem with it at first. Because, you see, it isn't mentioned specifically in the Bible (along with about a million other details). But where did all the people who died go, for example from the Old Testament times? Assuming that all the people who had died before the Incarnation were...
  • Pelosi in political purgatory, Dems in turmoil (Hanky Alert!! Oh, How the mighty have fallen.)

    11/16/2010 4:43:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/16/10 | Laurie Kellman - ap
    WASHINGTON – The petite woman in regal purple edged her way behind a raucous mob of reporters awaiting the next speaker of the House, a brutal midterm election behind her and an unclear future ahead. Attuned for four years to the comings and goings of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, few in the press klatch noticed — and none followed her. The spotlight and the microphones now awaited not the California Democrat, but Ohio Republican John Boehner. Change at the top, the populist battle cry in the 2010 midterm elections, already has taken hold around Pelosi in the final days of...
  • Q and A: Why Pray for the Dead? [Ecumenical]

    11/10/2010 11:16:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies · 1+ views ^ | not given | American
    Why Pray for the Dead?Q: A Christian friend of mine says that the Bible contains no references to purgatory. What is the basis for the Catholic Church’s teaching about this? Why do Catholics pray for the dead? A: In 2 Maccabees 12:38-46, Judas Maccabee orders that sacrifices be offered in the Temple in Jerusalem for slain Jewish soldiers who had worn pagan amulets (good-luck charms). Some people have seen this story as biblical justification for the teaching on purgatory. That certainly overstates the author’s intention. If, however, those Jewish soldiers did something wrong by wearing pagan amulets, why offer sacrifices...
  • 99 & 1/2 Won’t Do – A Meditation on Purgatory

    11/02/2010 7:45:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 119 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 1, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    99 & 1/2 Won’t Do – A Meditation on PurgatoryBy: Msgr. Charles Pope I have blogged before on Purgatory. For example here: Purgatory – Biblical and Reasonable. I have also provided a PDF document on the Biblical roots of the teaching here: PDF Document on Purgatory .On this Feast of All Souls I want to reflect on Purgatory as the necessary result of a promise. Many people think of purgatory primarily in terms of punishment, but it is also important to think of it in terms of  promise, purity and perfection. Some of our deceased brethren are having the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-02-10, Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

    11/01/2010 11:51:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies American Bible ^ | 11-02-10 | New American Bible
    November 2, 2010The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)  Reading 1Responsorial PsalmReading 2Gospel Reading 1Wis 3:1-9The souls of the just are in the hand of God,and no torment shall touch them.They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;and their passing away was thought an afflictionand their going forth from us, utter destruction.But they are in peace.For if before men, indeed, they be punished,yet is their hope full of immortality;chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,because God tried themand found them worthy of himself.As gold in the furnace, he proved them,and as sacrificial offerings he...
  • Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 3 Parts of the Church

    08/12/2010 8:18:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | not given |
    Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With Jump to: The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)The 7 Corporal Works of MercyThe 7 Spiritual Works of MercyThe 3 Eminent Good WorksThe 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost (& the Charismata)The 12 Fruits of the Holy GhostThe 3 Theological VirtuesThe 4 Cardinal VirtuesThe 7 Capital Sins & Their Contrary VirtuesThe 6 Sins Against the Holy GhostThe 4 Sins That Cry Out to HeavenThe 3 Conditions of Mortal SinThe 9 Ways We Participate in Others' SinsThe 10 CommandmentsThe 2 Greatest CommandmentsThe 3 Evangelical CounselsThe 6 Precepts of the ChurchThe Holy Days of Obligation (English)The...
  • Catholic Parapsychology: An Apostolate to the Holy Souls

    07/28/2010 11:56:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 1+ views
    IC ^ | July 28, 2010 | Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg
    Man's inborn religious instinct tells him that there is more than the sensible world; indeed, it "never feels natural to accept only natural things," as Chesterton said. But about the afterlife we have more than just an intuitive inkling. Throughout history there have been manifestations -- some vague, others more concrete -- to support this ineradicable and universal intuition. Today, phenomena such as near-death experiences, spiritualist practices, and "channeling" or "phantom-chasing" (attempts to technologically register the presence of ghosts) attract a lot of attention. Of course, false explanations abound, and valid experiences of the paranormal can lead to superstitious...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Eschatology: The Last Things: Purgatory/Limbo

    05/21/2010 8:36:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies · 524+ views ^ | 1985-1991 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Eschatology: The Last Things

    05/15/2010 11:20:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies · 187+ views ^ | 1985-1991 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • J.D. Salinger in Purgatory (Political Cartoon)

    01/29/2010 5:05:02 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies · 2,795+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 01-29-2010 | Steve Breen
  • The Testimony of Gloria Polo

    11/27/2009 7:38:52 AM PST · by JosephJames · 12 replies · 1,138+ views
    The Testimony of Gloria Polo ^ | 2009 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    Gloria Polo died after being terribly burned by a lightning bolt on May 5, 1995 in Bogotá, Colombia; she was judged, and then came back to life. … There is already translated into English a short testimony that Gloria Polo gave to Radio Maria in Colombia. The following testimony, instead, was given on May 5, 2005 in Caracas, Venezuela. It is much more complete and so one is able to enter into and to understand better this special experience of Gloria Polo, which I believe is a true gift from God for so many people today who, like Gloria Polo...
  • The Month of November: Thoughts on the "Last Things"

    11/12/2009 11:12:59 AM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 274+ views ^ | Father Corapi
    The Month of November: Thoughts on the "Last Things" The Month of November: Thoughts on the "Last Things" The Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a particular devotion or consideration. Traditionally, the month of November is dedicated to praying for the deceased that are undergoing the final purification, or Purgatory. One of the oldest and most essential doctrinal teachings of the Church concerns what we have called ‘the last things’: judgment, heaven, hell, and purgatory. I always try to emphasize these essential and mandatory doctrinal teaching during this month of November. They are always relevant, but...
  • To Trace All Souls Day (Protestants vs Catholics)

    11/02/2009 3:53:32 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 951+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | November 2, 2009 | Fr. Brian Van Hove, S.J.
    As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger once said so well, one major difference between Protestants and Catholics is that Catholics pray for the dead: "My view is that if Purgatory did not exist, we should have to invent it." Why? "Because few things are as immediate, as human and as widespread—at all times and in all cultures—as prayer for one"s own departed dear ones." Calvin, the Reformer of Geneva, had a woman whipped because she was discovered praying at the grave of herson and hence was guilty, according to Calvin, of superstition". "In theory, the Reformation refuses to accept Purgatory, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-02-09, Commermoration of Faithful Departed, All Souls Day

    11/01/2009 8:04:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies · 753+ views American Bible ^ | 11-02-09 | New American Bible
    November 2, 2009                                        The Commemoration of                                         All the Faithful Departed                                         (All Souls)                                                        (The following readings are selected                                                             from the options for this day.)             Reading 1Responsorial PsalmReading 2Gospel Reading 1Wis 3:1-9 The souls of the just are in the hand of God,and no torment shall touch them.They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;and...
  • Ted Kennedy, Healthcare & Purgatory (the Anchoress)

    08/26/2009 8:36:10 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 31 replies · 1,113+ views
    First Things ^ | 8-26-09 | The Anchoress
    My baby-hood crush on John Kennedy, and my little-girl admiration for Robert Kennedy had kept Ted Kennedy on my periphery. I use this photo because it is the flashing image I always get when I think of Ted, because it was my first real notice of him. I remember being 11 years old and watching Kennedy make a statement on television after the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. What seems vivid in my memory is something I am no longer sure of: was he wearing a neckbrace during that speech? Perhaps that was another time, or my memory is fouled...
  • The Doctrine of Purgatory [Ecumenical]

    07/20/2009 9:32:05 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 345 replies · 2,223+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12/01 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    God created man that he might possess his Creator forever in the beatific vision. Those who die in the state of enmity toward God are deprived of this happiness. Between these extremes are people who are neither estranged from God nor wholly dedicated to Him when they die. What will be their lot after death? The response of faith is that nothing defiled can enter heaven (Rev 21:27), and therefore anyone less than perfect must first be cleansed before he can be admitted to the vision of God. If this doctrine of Catholicism is less strenuously opposed than the...
  • The Heroic Act [Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    06/24/2009 10:52:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies · 386+ views ^ | n/a |
    The Heroic ActThe Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hero as "a mythological or legendary figure of great strength or ability; or a man admired for his achievements and qualities." A hero goes above and beyond the call of duty to help others. It is someone who has made a sacrifice for the benefit of those who could not help themselves.There are heroes in the Catholic Church. They are the canonized saints. It is true, that all people who enter Heaven are saints, but the canonized saints have done something that is extraordinary and have been made role models for future generations...

    03/14/2009 3:08:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 709+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | March 14, 2009 | Susan Tassone
    Father Paul-Joseph Buguet was born on March 25, 1843, in Bellavilliers, Orne, France. His impoverished parents could barely support the two boys God graced them with. However, Father Paul entered the seminary in the city of Sees and devoted himself to God the Church and souls. He felt mortification, humility, and cultivation of the inner spirit were the three things  necessary to become a holy priest. Who could disagree!He was ordained on May 26, 1866. Ten years later, on the evening of November 1, 1876, his brother, Auguste Buguet, was ringing the bells at the Church of Our Lady of Mortagne-au-Perche, in Normandy when,...
  • Praying for the Dead [All Souls Day] (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    11/01/2008 7:39:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies · 712+ views ^ | not available | Fisheaters
    Praying for the Dead II Maccabees 12:43-46: "And making a gathering, he [Judas] sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection, (For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead,) And because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them. It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may...
  • Purgatory: Service Shop for Heaven [Ecumernical]

    11/01/2008 4:04:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies · 471+ views
    Ignatius Insight ^ | Reverend Anthony Zimmerman
    By no means will any of us enter heaven, or even want to enter there, unless our characters are in perfect shape, and our deficits are paid up in full. Purgatory is the service shop where repair work is done, and where books are balanced. The Poor Souls must wait for entrance into heaven, but they sense God's assistance while they make their final preparation. They already know what he will say finally: "Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joys of the Lord." They understand and accept God's kindness as well as his concern that justice be...