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The Saints On Purgatory and Hope in the Afterlife

[Judas Maccabeus] took up a collection . . . to provide for a sin offering. In doing this he acted very well and honorably, taking account of the resurrection. For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead.


The Blessed in Heaven Are with Us

The bonds of love that the Trinity have formed among us on earth do not end at death, nor do those we have loved on earth abandon us when they die. They are still with us, and more dearly than ever. We can speak to them and enjoy their sweet embrace deep in our souls. We


The Devil is Afraid of Me

“The Devil is Real”: Insights on Spiritual Warfare from Fr. Gabriele Amorth Fr. Gabriele Amorth was the most well-known exorcist of our time, dedicating decades of his life to minister to countless people. Along with his ministry as an Exorcist, Fr. Amorth offered his insights through numerous interviews and books. The following are selections from


The Rosary of Our Lady

Objections and Justification Oppressive events move through our time and lay a heavy hand on the lives of all of us. Questions regarding our own fate and the destiny of those close to us, and above all, the destiny of humanity, engage our minds and our souls. In religious life the effect is noted in


Encounters with Angels

It was the end of September, during the feast of the Holy Arch­angels. St. Angela tells us: While I was in the church in Foligno and desired to com­municate, I prayed to the Holy Angels, and especially to St. Michael and the Angels of the Seraphim, and said: “O ministering Angels, who have the power


Music Can Teach Us About Heavenly Beauty

When we speak about Heaven there is a tendency to dismiss our speculation as “just imagining things.” But Our Dear Lord, knowing that we need examples that are a little more concrete, gives us ever-so-tiny hints of Heaven — lights and ideas and experiences that are going to be very similar, only greatly enhanced in


Prayer by St. Alphonsus Liguori

The Ends of Mental Prayer In order to practice well mental prayer, or meditation, and to make it truly profitable to the soul, we must well ascertain the ends for which we attempt it. To Unite Ourselves to God We must meditate in order to unite ourselves more completely to God. It is not so


Beheading Hydra

Obedience and Community versus Individualism and Tribalism In my Sunday-school days, we sang a simple chorus I cannot forget. It went like this: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey.” My dad used to sing it as we were getting ready for church, and


Grace Explained: Preparation for Grace

We have established the principle that man is made principally for the vision of God. This requires an elevation of our human powers, that man might realize this purpose. It is essential to remember that human nature is not neutral with respect to God. By the very fact of having an intellect, the spiritual being


St. Gemma and Her Guardian Angel

Angels are messengers between God and men. But sometimes they are also messengers of their protégés. St. Gemma Galgani, a young Italian woman who was born in 1878, began seeing her guardian angel when she was seventeen. The first meeting took place when Gemma was getting ready to go out. She was joyfully thinking about

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