Monthly Archives: August 2013

St Paul on Purgatory

St. Paul provides some of the clearest and strongest biblical teachings on Purgatory.  In his first Epistle to the Corinthians Paul describes how each of us, after death, will be tested by fire: For no other foundation can any one … Continue reading

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St. Catherine of Genoa on Purgatory

St. Catherine of Genoa was a mystic who influenced Saints John of the Cross, Francis de Sales, and Vincent de Paul. She also influenced the French Oratorian and Carmelite movements.  Near the end of her life St. Catherine wrote a … Continue reading

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What Held Christ to the Cross?

As I was prayerfully reflecting on my planned posting for today, which was to be on St. Catherine of Genoa and Purgatory, my prayer slowly drifted from St. Catherine and Purgatory to Christ Crucified and the question of “What held … Continue reading

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Hail Full of Grace

Upon what appears to be a simple greeting of “Hail Full of Grace”, salvation history turns.  According to Blessed Alan de la Roche the phrase is heavenly and beyond human understanding in its depth of meaning, it is an unheard … Continue reading

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The Sign of Cross and St. Francis De Sales

I had commented in a previous posting to what I perceived as a decline in baptized Catholics making the Sign of the Cross.  I recently read St. Francis De Sales on the Sign of the Cross.  He teaches that as … Continue reading

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St. Thérèse on Approaching God

More fearful than standing before a large audience to deliver a speech, is standing before God.  We fear being found unworthy and sinful.  We need only look to the Gospels to dispel our fears.  Christ welcomed all to approach who … Continue reading

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Christ the Pruner

Today was hot and humid.  My task was to prune the dead blooms from our rose bushes.  As I moved from one bush to another, my mind drifted to “he prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (John 15:2).  As … Continue reading

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