When was the last time you thought about what happens after we die? Certainly, you already know what happens—we all learned it in Catechism class: first comes death, unavoidable for all of us, then comes judgment, and depending on how that goes, either hell, purgatory, or heaven. We know that. God has revealed it to us, and the Church teaches it clearly and authoritatively.
But when was the last time you really thought about it? After all, if God has revealed it, he must have a good reason. Thinking about these eternal truths must be able to have a positive influence on how we live our daily lives here on earth. Otherwise, God wouldn’t have made such a big deal about them. But he did. Why?
That’s what Fire of Mercy: A Retreat Guide for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, will explore.
• The First Meditation will spend time reflecting on death and judgment, and what God wants us to know about those things.
• The Second Meditation will give us a chance to reflect prayerfully on heaven and hell.
• And in the Conference, we will tackle the often misunderstood and misrepresented topics of purgatory and indulgences.
What unites all of these themes is the infinite mercy of our God, who loves us and wants what is best for us. So let’s begin by quieting our hearts and invoking that mercy. Let’s ask the Lord to open his merciful heart to us and send us all the graces we need, so that we can keep learning how to live to the full the precious and amazing gift of life.