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  • [Catholic Caucus] Praying for the Dead: Duty and Privilege

    11/02/2021 7:43:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 28, 2012 | Lori Hadacek Chaplin
    [Catholic Caucus] Praying for the Dead: Duty and PrivilegeMy mom had a strong devotion to the holy souls and prayed for them often. Even before she became ill, she would tell us to make sure that the priest who buried her did not eulogize about her saintliness. She was brought up to believe that Catholics had a duty to pray for the dead, and not only was it our obligation; it was our privilege.Straight-to-Heaven-for-All Illusion Dutch psychologist Gerard van den Aardweg, author of Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages and Warnings From Purgatory (Tan, 2009), thinks Catholics today have a general...
  • Purgatory: Holy Fire - Continuing Ed

    04/29/2021 5:26:30 PM PDT · by MurphsLaw · 60 replies
    Catholic Education Resource Center ^ | 4-29-2021 | Scott Hahn - Biblical Scholar
    (Caucused Post to clear up misunderstandings and misconception regarding recent discussion of The Doctrine of Purgatory. A good bed time read...a long read for sure...bkmk worthy.....No commentary necessary- no criticisms or animus required....just theology for the brain.)IntroductionBefore I begin with the technical definitions and then the Biblical-historical defense and evidences and so on, I would like to just briefly just share my own personal experience. The Pope was a doctrine that was very difficult for me and so was Mary. Both of those were dealt with in terms of historical evidence and Biblical evidence and basically, I was done. Purgatory...
  • Why Purgatory Is a Dangerous Doctrine

    04/27/2021 5:25:46 AM PDT · by Old Yeller · 329 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/21/2017 | Dan Delzell
    Some people are taught to deal with their guilt by placing confidence in the doctrine of "purgatory." I suppose you could compare it to a student working on a project to gain "extra credit" to make up for some bad grades. Unfortunately, the doctrine of purgatory provides false hope because it is based not in fact, but in fantasy. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," and is for those who are said to be going to heaven but are nevertheless "still imperfectly...
  • Why Luther?

    10/31/2020 5:28:58 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 149 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 10/30/2020 | Gene Edward Veith
    istory is the account of vast social movements and cultural changes. To be sure, individuals play their part. But they are usually understood to be products of their times. The Reformation, though, whose five-hundredth anniversary we observe this year and whose impact on not only the church but the world has been monumental, was largely precipitated by one man: Martin Luther. Yes, vast social movements and cultural changes were at work in sixteenth-century Europe. But Luther caused many of them, such as the educational explosion that would lead to universal literacy, the rise of the middle class, and eventually democratic...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Holy Saturday: The Harrowing of Hell

    04/11/2020 2:45:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | April 11, 2020 | St Thomas Aquinas
    [Catholic Caucus] Holy Saturday: The Harrowing of Hell (Let the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, speak to us, console us, and edify us as The Blessed Mother surely did in the Cenacle as she awaited the fulfillment of her Son’s promise, never doubting for an instant, despite the horror of the previous day, that He would do as He said He would.)From the descent of Christ to hell we may learn, for our instruction, four things:1. Firm hope in God. No matter what the trouble in which a man finds himself, he should always put trust in God’s help and...
  • Proving Purgatory

    01/30/2020 6:41:58 PM PST · by ebb tide · 266 replies ^ | Brother André Marie
    Proving Purgatory The doctrine of Purgatory, central to Christianity, is brutally attacked by certain non-Catholic polemicists. Their typical view of the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory is that it was either concocted by the Church in the Middle Ages for filthy lucreÂ’s sake, or that, if there are any ancient precedents for it among the Church Fathers, it gradually developed in scope and meaning so as to become something the early Church did not believe it to be. 1This was done, it is alleged, so that the Church could make money from the sale of indulgences, or to keep Catholics in...
  • "I knew my brother was suffering." ~ Ancient Roots of the Doctrine of Purgatory, Part I

    11/02/2019 8:30:32 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 410 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | Florentius
    The idea of Purgatory as an intermediary state between Heaven and Hell is one of the most misunderstood and occasionally ridiculed aspects of Catholic doctrine. Though it is common for Protestants and even some Catholics to assume that Purgatory has no foundation in Sacred Scripture, that claim is actually false. The need for Purgatory developed from a close reading of Scripture by the Fathers of the Church, and the concept has a provenance stretching back to the earliest days of the Church. Furthermore, it has come to my attention recently that the Orthodox have a similar understanding of the need...
  • [Catholic/Devotional Caucus] Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

    11/01/2019 9:33:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    [Catholic/Devotional Caucus] Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory DE PROFUNDISOut of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord: Lord hear my voice. Let Thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If Thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities; Lord, who shall stand it? For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness: and by reason of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord. My soul hath relied on His word: my soul hath hoped in the Lord. From the morning-watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord. Because with the Lord there is...
  • "I beseech you to pray unto our Lord for me" ~ Ancient Roots of the Doctrine of Purgatory

    03/13/2019 6:40:19 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 692 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 9/2/17 | Florentius
    In part one of this post, I looked at the vision of Perpetua—one of the earliest authentic Christian documents to describe directly a Purgatory-like state and to highlight the efficacy of prayer petitions for the dead. Others writing during the patristic age also expounded upon this idea in more or less detail, among them St. Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Origen, St. Augustine of Hippo, and St. Caesarius of Arles. One of the most clear references to Purgatory appears in a late 4th century work by Saint Gregory of Nyssa, entitled: “On the Soul and the Resurrection”. St. Gregory writes: “For...
  • Luther Thought Purgatory was an Open Question?

    11/05/2018 1:55:29 PM PST · by boatbums · 452 replies
    Beggars All Reformation and Aplogetics ^ | May 04, 2013 | James Swan
    Luther Thought Purgatory was an Open Question? I came across this link posted on the Catholic Answers Forums: The Hope of Eternal Life. The link is ecumenical in nature, an attempt to smooth over the edges between Roman Catholicism and Lutheranism. This is the excerpt that was posted on CAF: 181. The most explicit discussion of purgatory in the Confessions comes in the 1537 Smalcald Articles, II, 2, which addressed the mass as sacrifice. Besides being itself a violation of the Gospel, the mass as sacrifice "has produced many noxious maggots and the excrement of various idolatries" (§11), the first...
  • [Catholic Caucus] You have abandoned me in Purgatory!

    11/03/2018 3:06:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 3, 2018 | Don Giuseppe Tomaselli
    You have abandoned me in Purgatory! From the writings of Don Giuseppe Tomaselli (1902-1989). In this life of moral wretchedness, to justify our weaknesses, we say: my passions are so strong that I can’t always resist them! Anyway, after sinning I rush back to Confession! Others say: I don’t commit serious sins! I fail constantly in certain small things, which are unavoidable! There are those instead who sin more than I do and much more gravely!  When someone dies, we are want to exclaim: What a holy person! He did so much good! For sure he went to Heaven!...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

    10/23/2018 9:02:29 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 4 replies
    NOVENA FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY (Beginning October 24) From the 1910 Raccolta.(300 Days, T.Q. Plenary during the period. I, II, IV.) FIRST DAY, OCTOBER 24 JESUS my Saviour, I have so often deserved to be cast into Hell; how great would be my suffering if I were now cast away and obliged to think that I myself had caused my damnation. I thank Thee for the patience with which Thou hast endured me. My GOD, I love Thee above all things and I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee because Thou art infinite goodness. I will...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Begin Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

    By Saint Alphonsus Liguori. Read/print the novena here. See also two other fine Novenas beginning here, in the 1898 Raccolta.
  • Learning Locke: An Introduction to Cato’s Letters

    05/07/2016 10:00:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Thomas Jefferson famously adapted key passages of John Locke’s Second Treatise in his draft Declaration of Independence. An 18th century gentleman could hardly regard himself as learned without the ability to quote a few Lockean passages from memory. Yet, what of the average colonial? Books were expensive imports. How were the yeomanry educated well enough in Lockean concepts to readily understand and accept this radical document, the Declaration of Independence? Through newspapers. Like modern Americans, our colonial forebears were also political junkies. Freewheeling editorials, letters to the editor that criticized parliamentary and colonial governments were standing features of public life....
  • Purgatory is Based on a Promise of Jesus

    11/02/2015 6:56:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 528 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Purgatory is Based on a Promise of Jesus’ Msgr. Charles Pope • November 1, 2015 • All Souls’ Day by Jakub Schikaneder, 1888I have blogged before on Purgatory. Here is a link to one of those blogs: Purgatory – Biblical and Reasonable. I have also written more extensively on its biblical roots here: PDF Document on Purgatory.On this Feast of All Souls, I want to reflect on Purgatory as the necessary result of a promise. Many people think of Purgatory primarily in terms of punishment, but it is also important to consider it in terms of promise, purity, and perfection....
  • Purgatory

    08/12/2015 7:14:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 66 replies ^ | not given | Catholic Answerss
    Purgatory The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," which is experienced by those "who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified" (CCC 1030). It notes that "this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned" (CCC 1031). The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still...
  • The Forgotten Church: 5 Reasons to Pray for the Souls in Purgatory

    08/08/2015 2:06:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 90 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 3, 2014 | SAM GUZMAN
    “Purgatory shows God’s great mercy and washes away the defects of those who long to become one with Him.” – St. Josemaria Escriva When is the last time you heard a homily on purgatory? If your parish is like most, it’s been a very long time. Getting more personal, when is the last time you prayed for the Holy Souls? If you’re like many Catholics, the answer is not recently. The souls in purgatory are too often forgotten by Catholics, and I fear this is often out of a misguided desire not seem medieval (as if that were a...
  • Is There A Purgatory?

    08/09/2015 11:06:27 AM PDT · by Old Yeller · 841 replies ^ | Unknown | Thomas F. Heinze
    The Bible never speaks of a place where one can go to be purified of his sin. Rather, it always speaks of a Person to whom we can go to be purified: Jesus Christ. God tells us that those who refuse to trust Christ to cleanse them from their sins are condemned: Whoever believes in Him avoids condemnation, but whoever does not believe is already condemned for not believing in the name of God's only Son (John 3:18). There are only two choices: Whoever believes in the Son has life eternal. Whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but...
  • 3 Surprising Things About Divine Mercy Sunday (Catholic Caucus)

    04/11/2015 3:28:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 11, 2015 | FR. CHRIS DECKER
    1. Jesus asked for it. St. Faustina Kowalska, was a young member of The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Lodz, Poland. In the early 1930s, she received a series of messages from The Lord expounding His desire to extend mercy upon humanity. He asked her to write these messages down. Among the messages was the request for an image of Himself to be commissioned: "Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus I Trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and throughout the world."(The Diary of St. Maria Faustina...
  • Prayers For, To,and Through the Dead

    04/22/2015 2:34:02 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 508 replies
    Reformed Apologetics Thoughts of Francis Turretin Blog ^ | April 21, 2009 | Francis Turretin Fan
    Within Roman Catholicism (and within some other churches as well) there are prayers that are made for, through, and to the dead. We, as Reformed believers, reject all three of these categories but on different grounds. In discussing these issues with Roman Catholics it may be useful to be able to understand the different categories and to explain why it is that we reject each. We should pray for the living, to the living and true God, through the merits and intercession of Christ alone. 1. Prayers For the Dead In Roman Catholicism, there is a belief in Purgatory. Although...