Monthly archives:November 2017

  • ELIGIUS, a goldsmith at Paris, was commissioned by King Clotaire to make a throne. With the gold and precious stones given him he made two. Struck by his rare honesty, the king gave him an appointment at court, and demanded an oath of fidelity sworn upon holy relics; but Eligius prayed with tear[...]
  • The Termination of Purgatory However long the sojourn in Purgatory, at last the day will come, the long-expected day, when the soul, released from its prison, will wing its way into the presence of God. O what a happy day that will be! No more suffering, no more separation from God, no more of [...]
  • ST. ANDREW was one of the fishermen of Bethsaida, and brother, perhaps elder brother, of St. Peter, and became a disciple of St. John Baptist. He seemed always eager to bring others into notice; when called himself by Christ on the banks of the Jordan, his first thought was to go in search of his [...]
  • How to help the Holy Souls in Purgatory We should make it our practice to offer each day some special prayer or work for the Holy Souls. We may not do much, but by constancy in laboring on their behalf we shall gradually accumulate a treasure for their benefit. We should never miss saying a de Pr[...]
  • Saturninus went from Rome, by direction of Pope Fabian, about the year 245, to preach the faith in Gaul. He fixed his episcopal see at Toulouse, and thus became the first Christian bishop of that city. There were but few Christians in the place. However, their number grew fast after the coming of [...]
  • First Sunday Of Advent   Gospel Luke xxi. 25-33. At that time Jesus said to his disciples: There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in. the stars, and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves: men withering away for fe[...]
  • Indulgences in Purgatory We can gain for ourselves, and for the Holy Souls, Indulgences, varying from thirty days to thousands of years. Does this mean that our time in Purgatory will be shortened by this period? No; but that we shall be spared that amount of suffering which would have been invol[...]
  • THE small town of Montbrandon, in the Marca of Ancona, gave birth to this Saint. When young he was sent to the University of Perugia, where his progress in learning soon qualified him to be chosen preceptor to a young gentleman of Florence. Fearing that he might be ingulfed in the whirlpool of wor[...]
  • The Duration of Purgatory Purgatory will continue until the Day of Judgment. There will be some there still, who have been expiating their sins in dreadful torments for long years, perhaps for centuries. We read in the revelations of the Saints, of men being condemned to suffer the tormen[...]
  • St. Maximus, abbot of Lerins, in succession to St. Honoratus, was remarkable not only for the spirit of recollection, fervor, and piety familiar to him from very childhood, but still more for the gentleness and kindliness with which he governed the monastery which at that time contained many relig[...]