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Purgatory once again

(originally posted to a non-Catholic discussion forum) . . .To me the term “Purgatory” represent a state of being and not some place of imprisonment.  “The term does not indicate a place, but a condition of existence”— John Paul II. God the Father in Christ Jesus is calling all to a loving relationship.  All relationships […]

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Remembrance of the dead

and other things…of course There are many things about the Catholic faith that trouble many Protestants. We have devotion to the saints, and especially towards the Blessed Mother. We ask them to accompany us in our lives to pray for us and with us to bring us into deeper union with the Holy Trinity, with […]

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A Description of Purgatory

In 1873 a holy nun identified only as Sister M. de L.C. in a French convent began to hear prolonged sighs beside her. The strange noises from an invisible presence went on and came nearer. In February of 1874, after much prayer and many Communions, the presence finally identified itself to Sister M as the […]

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Do Souls in Purgatory Return from the Dead?

We don’t hear a lot about purgatory these days, and that’s a shame, because most of us will be very lucky to slip in there rather than dropping straight into hell. And lest anyone complain that God is mean or judgmental in sending people to hell, it is well to remember that it’s entirely our […]

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Padre Pio’s Mysterious Encounters with Souls from Purgatory

God chose Saint Pio of Pietrelcina to reveal the supernatural life to our tepid era. His supernatural interior life was made visible through his immense suffering and his well-known stigmata. As we move into November and pray for the Poor Souls in Purgatory, we do well to recall a few encounters of Padre Pio with the souls […]

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The Mercy of Purgatory

There is the mercy of Purgatory. For most of us that’s the first eternal stop. The Virgin once said, at an apparition site, that many go to Hell, a small number go directly to Heaven, and that the majority of people go to Purgatory. It’s the huge area between Heaven and Hell. It’s the place […]

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Of saints, sinners, and purgatorial souls

Preface from Praying with the Saints for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, authored by Susan Tassone 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 the souls of their deceased brethren in purgatory. They […]

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12 Steps to avoid Purgatory

1. In every prayer you say, every Mass you hear, every Communion you receive, every good work you perform have the express intention of imploring God to grant you a holy and happy death and no Purgatory. Surely God will hear a prayer said with such confidence and perseverance. 2. Always wish to do God’s […]

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Thank God for Purgatory

I knew it was going to be one of those conversations. Maybe it was the way he eagerly, yet nonchalantly, edged over to the conversation as I was explaining to some teenagers on the Metro what a Dominican was. Maybe it was the subtle sort of smile that implied recognition of, not an oddity or […]

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Souls in Purgatory

Along with the feast of All Saints developed the feast of All Souls. The Church has consistently encouraged the offering of prayers and Mass for the souls of the faithful departed in purgatory. At the time of their death, these souls are not perfectly cleansed of venial sin or have not atoned for past transgressions, […]

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