Purgatory is probably one of the most misunderstood Catholic doctrines today, and many do not believe that it really exists. In this article I’m briefly going to cover the biblical foundation for purgatory, what purgatory is, and the history of purgatory in the Catholic Church.
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November 1st is the Solemnity of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation. According to the Roman Missal, this feast day celebrates all God’s holy ones in heaven, known and unknown, from the first martyrs to the recently canonized, and everyone in between. This feast day spans 2,000 glorious years of the Church’s history.
Halloween begins the celebration of Catholic, and therefore Christian, holy days that remind the faithful of the reality of heaven and hell, the saints and the damned, demons and angels, and the holy souls suffering in purgatory. Catholics historically believed that on these “Days of the Dead”, their annual feast, the veil between heaven, hell, and purgatory is the thinnest (that means you might even see some souls you know!).
One could argue that Pope Saint John Paul II is the most beloved saint of this century. His life, however, had humble and quite tragic beginnings. By the age of twenty, Karol Josef Wojtyla had lost everyone he loved most deeply and was living on his own in Nazi-invaded Poland. But amidst great trials and […]
Did you know that there is a tradition among the Catholic faithful that St. Joseph was bodily assumed into heaven? While not a solemnly defined dogma of the Catholic Faith as is the case with the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is a piously-held belief that St. Joseph, as a reward for the faithful fulfillment of his duties as the guardian and protector of the Holy Family, did not have to wait until the Second Coming of Christ to have his soul reunited to his body.
Throughout his life, especially during his years as pope, John XXIII was known for his genuine joy and a magnificent sense of humor. Considering his story, that is a striking quality and virtue to possess. John XXIII used humor in various types of moments to keep himself humble, to shed new light on situations, or simply to make those with him crack a smile.
Before long, news of his stigmata had spread. Padre Pio became well-known and a great spiritual influence: not only in Italy, but around the world. He was best known for his piety, his quality of preaching, his ability to read souls, his role as a confessor, his devoutly-said Masses (which, when he was in ecstasy, could be up to three hours long!) and his ability to bilocate.
On September 19, 1846—the century following the diabolical French Revolution—Our Lady appeared to two shepherd children, Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat, in La Salette, France. She was weeping, and she told them of a time of impending trial for France as well as for the whole world. Our Lady first spoke to the two children together before entrusting them individually with a secret.
I graduated from college this past spring, and St. Joseph of Cupertino was a saint I came to know very well. Taking five 400-level courses during my senior year, it was almost inevitable that there was an exam right around every corner–and often multiple exams in the same week. I quite often called upon St. Joseph […]
September 12th is the feast day of the Most Holy Name of Mary. In the Catholic Bible, names are very important and often contain carry great significance. When names are providentially given by God as recorded in Sacred Scripture, they are often a clue to His future plans for that person. So, what does the name “Mary” mean?