Monthly archives:November 2017

  • The Retributions of Purgatory God's way is to punish in kind. This law holds in Purgatory as in most other penalties that God inflicts. Those who have pampered their bodies will suffer an exceeding great physical torment. Each sinful indulgence of the body will add to the fierceness of the scorch[...]
  • ST. PETER governed the Church of Alexandria during the persecution of Diocletian. The sentence of excommunication that he was the first to pronounce against the schismatics, Melitius and Arius, and which, despite the united efforts of powerful partisans, he strenuously upheld, proves that he posse[...]
  • The Allotment of Suffrages in Purgatory Every thing done to help any of the Holy Souls brings some sort of relief to the soul for whom it is offered. But the amount of relief we do not know; it depends on the will of God, and the merits of the individual. A Mass offered for one person may deliver[...]
  • CATHERINE was a noble virgin of Alexandria. Before her Baptism, it is said, she saw in vision the Blessed Virgin ask her Son to receive her among His servants, but the Divine Infant turned away. After Baptism, Catherine saw the same vision, when Jesus Christ received her with great affection, and [...]
  • REMARK The Mass of this Sunday is always the last, even if there are more than twenty-four Sundays after Pentecost; in that case  the Sundays remaining after Epiphany, which are noticed in the calendar,   are inserted between the twenty-third  and the Mass of the twenty-fourth Sunday. The Int[...]
  •   GOSPEL. Matt. xxiv. 15-35. At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: When you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, he that readeth let him understand: then they that are in Judea, let them flee to the mountains. [...]
  • How to Shorten Our Purgatory Most of us cannot hope to escape altogether from the cleansing fires, but we all desire to render our sojourn there as short as possible. There are many means of doing this. All the means already mentioned for escaping altogether, will help to lessen our time of waiti[...]
  • THE father of St. John was discarded by his kindred for marrying a poor orphan, and the Saint, thus born and nurtured in poverty, chose it also for his portion. Unable to learn a trade, he became the servant of the poor in the hospital of Medina, while still pursuing his sacred studies. In 1563, b[...]
  • Other Means of Avoiding Purgatory A great devotion to the Sacred Passion of Christ is one of the surest methods of escaping the penalty due to our sins. He is always touched by any compassion shown Him in His sacred sufferings. He is said to have revealed to one of the Saints that He would remit [...]
  • ST. CLEMENT is said to have been a convert of noble birth, and to have been consecrated bishop by St. Peter himself. With the words of the apostles still ringing in his ears, he began to rule the Church of God; and thus he was among the first, as he was among the most illustrious, in the long line[...]