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The Very Best Spiritual Warfare Prayer for Conversions of Loved Ones

“As we enter heaven we will see them, so many of them coming towards us and thanking us. We will ask who they are, and they will say a poor soul you prayed for in purgatory.” -Venerable Fulton Sheen How many of us had grandparents who had their stack of holy cards in their prayer book? […]

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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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Sanctity is for everyone, saints are not ‘supermen’

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2013 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of All Saints, Pope Francis stressed that the saints are not “supermen” who are “born perfect,” but rather are ordinary people who followed God “with all their heart.” “They are like us, they are like each of us, they are people who […]

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Feast of All Saints

3. Today’s liturgy speaks completely of holiness. But to know what is the way to holiness, we must go with the Apostles up the mount of the Beatitudes to draw near to Jesus and listen to the words of life that come from his lips. Today too he says to us again: “Blessed are the poor […]

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Spreading the Gospel by being saints

There was to be nothing special about it, nothing that savored of a religious Order, no special rule, no distinctive habit. She, and those who joined her, would simply be poor–there was no choice on that score, for they were that already–but they would embrace their poverty, and the life of the proletariat in all […]

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Evagrius Ponticus and His Accounts of Demons

Reading the ancient ascetical writer, Evagrius Ponticus, is a rather wild experience. An immensely influential figure within Christian monasticism, especially in the East, Evagrius wrote works on theology, the monastic life, and other spiritual writings.  In the pages of his works on prayer and the ascetical life, one is immediately presented with a world populated […]

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St. Hildegard of Bingen, OSB, to be declared Doctor of the Church

Vatican City, May 27, 2012 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will declare St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. John of Avila as Doctors of the Church on Oct. 7 2012 at the beginning of this year’s Synod of Bishops in Rome. “These two great witnesses of the faith […]

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Former pope destined for sainthood

A second miracle attributed to the late pope John Paul II has been reported and he could be made a saint soon, Italy’s Panorama weekly said on Thursday, citing documents sent to the Vatican. The miraculous healing occurred just weeks after John Paul II’s grandiose beatification on May 1 last year, which put him on […]

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Compunction: the moment of awakening

In traditional monastic language the great means of ending our complacent slumbers was the sting of compunction. The Latin word compunctio means a piercing; it is like sticking a pin in somebody with the purpose of waking them up. Compunction, involves a moment of awakening, the first glimmer of enlightenment, the dawning of a new […]

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Pope advances sainthood cause of Kateri Tekakwitha

Vatican City, Dec 19, 2011 / 07:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI formally recognized miracles attributed to Bl. Marianne Cope and Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha on Dec. 19, clearing the way for both women to be canonized. The two women, who both lived in the United States, were among numerous individuals whose sainthood causes were […]

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