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A Call to Compassion in the Catholic Online Community

June 12, AD2018 0 Comments
A Call to Compassion in the Catholic Online Community

Online Catholics I’ve recently been discouraged by a number of responses to Catholics asking advice on the internet. Usually, a sincere Catholic posts a question on a group page, or on a column, asking for some support or guidance on a matter related to faith. These people are hoping for encouragement, support, and guidance on […]

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Do Catholics Have “Three Ending Points”?

March 15, AD2018 7 Comments
Do Catholics Have “Three Ending Points”?

Having finished our lunch that day, one of my non-Catholic coworkers and I decided to take a walk around the building for a few minutes, just to get outside and away from bosses, phones, meetings and the other myriad joys to be found in and around the carpeted cells known as our offices. While on our […]

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The Path of Perfection – Purgatory

January 20, AD2018 3 Comments
The Path of Perfection – Purgatory

“All who die in God’s grace and friendship, 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 joy of heaven.” Catechism of the Catholic Church 1030 I had a discussion online the other day with a Protestant Minister.  […]

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Praying for Souls Instead of Canonizing Them

October 31, AD2017 26 Comments
Praying for Souls Instead of Canonizing Them

Have you been to a Catholic funeral lately? If so, was it a canonization, or was it the Mass of Christian Burial for the faithful departed? It seems that the homily at many Catholic funerals includes something to the effect that “‘he’ or ‘she’ is in heaven now.” In effect, the homilist is saying or […]

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Purgatory Is Not an Insult

October 26, AD2017 1 Comment
Purgatory Is Not an Insult

As All Souls’ Day approaches, homilists may find themselves tiptoeing around discussion of Purgatory. Advising people to pray for their deceased family or friends can be difficult. Many perceive this as an insult to the departed, contending that their loved ones are surely in Heaven already and need no prayers. Much of this mindset is […]

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A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory

March 25, AD2017 0 Comments
A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory

Just like gravity affects us whether we understand it or not, the Communion of Saints, the fellowship between the living and the dead, affects us whether we believe in it or not. There is a spiritual solidarity which literally binds us together. Even though most of us are oblivious to these invisible relationships, we are […]

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Baptists at the Door!

March 21, AD2017 22 Comments
Baptists at the Door!

baptists The other day, some really nice young men, Baptists, came to my front door, and we had a very interesting conversation. I wish I had been better prepared, but I did present to them some Bible verses that they had not thought about before. The rest of this article goes into some of these […]

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Praying for the Souls of the Dead: A Catholic Tradition

October 24, AD2016 2 Comments
Praying for the Souls of the Dead: A Catholic Tradition

  It has become quite common when people die to display flowers or candles to remember their passing. This gesture is done instinctively to honor their memory, perhaps even as a way of offering a prayer for them. We seem to all want to find a fitting way to remember those who have left us. Unfortunately, some have come […]

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The Basics on Indulgences

June 23, AD2016 5 Comments
The Basics on Indulgences

Indulgences! The very name stirs up emotions about Martin Luther and the initial cause of the Reformation. While the Council of Trent way back in the sixteenth century corrected some local German abuses about the selling of indulgences, the Catholic Church has never done away with granting indulgences. Selling holy things, like indulgences, is the sin […]

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Purgatory: God’s Last Act of Mercy

March 24, AD2016 19 Comments
Purgatory: God’s Last Act of Mercy

God is rich in mercy (Exodus 34:6­7) with an inexhaustible love for everyone. In the beautiful portrayal of the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11­32), Jesus reveals how our heavenly Father is always ready to run out to meet His repentant, wayward sons with an embrace of love. Throughout our earthly […]

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Purgatory, Unresolved Grief & Freedom in Christ

January 31, AD2016 13 Comments
Purgatory, Unresolved Grief & Freedom in Christ

Unresolved Grief Unresolved grief is a relatively new concept in mental health circles. Secular doctors are beginning to realize it is the root cause of many emotional problems.  In Catholic terminology, unresolved grief occurs when we cling to those who have died, refusing to surrender their souls to God or embrace our new relationship to […]

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Purgatory: Is It a Dead Issue?

July 28, AD2015 20 Comments
Purgatory: Is It a Dead Issue?

So where is purgatory in the Bible anyway?  Glad you asked! Let’s take a look at a few of the Scriptural references to Purgatory.  Let’s begin with Maccabees: “He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. […]

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Lent: Experiencing the Reality of Purgatory

February 27, AD2015 78 Comments
Lent: Experiencing the Reality of Purgatory

The Eastern Orthodox Church designates Lent as a time of prayer for those who have gone before us. I think this observance is an appropriate gesture, especially since I am still dealing with the repercussions of my Ukrainian Orthodox grandmother’s plea for prayer. My paternal, Ukrainian grandmother, who had been in Canada for barely 15 years, […]

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A Divine Mercy Christmas

December 3, AD2014 2 Comments
A Divine Mercy Christmas

What does Jesus want for Christmas? After all, it’s his birthday. And he has told us what he wants. When Jesus appeared to St. Faustina, to whom he entrusted his messages of Divine Mercy, he told her: “But child, you are not in your homeland: so fortify yourself by my grace and fight for My […]

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A Crash Course on Purgatory (Or Why You Should Care about Purgatory)

October 30, AD2014 18 Comments
A Crash Course on Purgatory (Or Why You Should Care about Purgatory)

I’ve been in jail more times than I’d like to count, and certainly more times than I intended.   I’ve forgotten the names and faces of incarcerated clients, but I remember vividly the feeling of walls on every corner of a cell entombing me, the menacing glint of ankle cuffs, the fwoosh of an airtight door […]

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