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Presents and God’s Presence

This Christmas (well, really Advent, but that’s a topic for another time) I had been especially concerned and felt restless about the birth of Jesus and Christmas day being consumed by Consumerism whose goal it seems is to turn Christmas into just some day in which it is our right to get presents from people […]

Purgatory Finale, Pt. 3: 3 Results from Reading about Purgatory

A reading of this book should have three immediate and practical results: First, it will make us want to work to relieve the sufferings of the Poor Souls in Purgatory; second, it will inspire us to amend our own lives so that we do not have to go there; and third, it will motivate us […]

Purgatory Finale, Pt. 2: To Prepare Well for Death

The Divine Master admonishes us in the Gospel to prepare ourselves well for death… His love for us makes Him desire ardently that we should leave this world entirely purified… It is for this end that He ordinarily sends us the pains of sickness before death, and that He has instituted the Sacraments, to aid […]

Purgatory Finale, Pt. 1: To Shorten Our Purgatory

Now, what are those means which we have to employ in order to avoid, or at least shorten our Pugatory and mitigate its rigor? They are evidently those exercised and good works which most assist us to satisfy for our faults in this world and to find mercy before God, namely, the following: devotion to […]

Joy and Having Everything

Pleasures are severely limited in duration. Not only do they last for a given length of time, but if one makes and attempt to extend them unduly, they issue in satiety and disgust. Too much ice cream at one time leads not only to eventual illness; it can lead to a dislike at the moment […]

Help for the “hungrier and needier”

We help the hungry and needy in this world but neglect those in the next who are even hungrier and needier. —from¬†Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory by Gerard J.M van den Aardweg,¬†p. 61

Saints on Prayers for Souls in Purgatory, Pt. 2

“To assist the souls in Purgatory,” says St. Francis de Sales, “is to perform the most excellent of the works of Mercy, or rather is is to practice in a most sublime manner all the works of Mercy together…” + This doctrine agrees very well with that of St. Thomas who says in his Summa, […]