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Soul’s memory

Its memory long and deep, remembrance of things past abuses done when it was innocent; physical, mental, sexual, actions also committed the cycle continued, in a dark inner room hidden shivering in its dread of pain received and agony delivered awaiting it’s judgment feared. Crying out in its pain not understanding the why of it […]

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Youth and the thirst for water

Thirst, water and life When I was young, I was petty much thirsty all of the time. Running and playing and yes fighting and sweating makes for a thirsty boy. When I was a young monk and used to work in the garden at the hottest times of the day, I would always be thirsty […]

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A woman who shone more than she knew

One way that many people deal with their interior life is to try to repress all that would allow growth in self knowledge. The problem with this is that it takes a great deal of energy to do so and can in fact lead to depression, or being compulsively busy. It takes a lot of […]

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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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Do Ghosts Exist?

Q: Dear Father Kerper: It seems like there is a lot of evidence that there are ghosts that haunt people’s homes. Do ghosts really exist? Thanks very much for your question about the reality of ghosts. Some people, of course, would brush it off as a silly thing to ask, but it actually leads us […]

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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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Bridges

We are interior creatures. We interrupt what goes on around us. These interpretations are influenced by events that perhaps have taken place so far in the past that they are unconsciously forgotten, yet they still aid or hinder us in our everyday lives. For some people this can be a major hindrance if some sort […]

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Drinking sand

I often don’t understand what I am about, saying one thing then doing another, wondering all the while at my mediocrity, my winding journey up the mountain, fits and starts unending or so it seems, often ending back in the valley lost and alone among my own inner demons, failures, also just a simple fear […]

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God never tires of forgiving us

“But if thou scoffest at hearing of hell and believest not that fire, remember Sodom. For we have seen, surely we have seen, even in this present life, a semblance of hell. For since many would utterly disbelieve the things to come after the resurrection, hearing now of an unquenchable fire, God brings them to […]

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