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Mother Angelica’s Brief Guide to Heaven

To most of us, Heaven is rather abstract. It’s a kind of fuzzy thing. Often in life-time, we look forward to occasions — graduations, doctorates, marriage, and so on. But when our prospect is great, the occasion, when it appears, seems to lose something. That’s why, I conceive, we don’t like to talk about Heaven. […]

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Accompany Mary Throughout Your Holy Week Pilgrimage

Are You Ready for Your Pilgrimage? Although the Blessed Virgin was carried away fainting after the sad meeting with her Son laded with His Cross, more she soon recovered consciousness, for love, and the fervent lust of witnessing Him once more, transmitted to her a supernatural feeling of strength. — Anne Catherine Emmerich, The Dolorous […]

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And You Will Be Forgiven

There is good reason to be astonished that somebodies should sin so boldly in the vision of Heaven and earth and demonstrate so little fear of the most high God. Yet it is a much greater cause of feeling that while we multiply our iniquities beyond the beaches of the sea and have so great […]

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A Heart Filled with Praise?

Oh, what a great thing it is, and how consoling, to serve as an instrument for God’s glory! — Venerable Bruno Lanteri I used to wonder why God craved our adoration. The delightful denomination of compassion in the Trinity is complete: What could add to it? What could our admire contribute? Why did it matter […]

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What the Angelic Doctor Taught on the Nature & Purpose of Purgatory

Those who disavow Purgatory speak against the justice of God. — St. Thomas Aquinas, ST, Supplement, Appendix 2, 1 Does hell exist? Some who disavow the existence of purgatory cite Revelation 14:13: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.’ Blessed surely, ’ says the Spirit,’ that they may rest from their strives, […]

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Eating Fire and Spirit: Receiving Jesus in Holy Communion

Imagine eating the sun–and imagine you could do it without vanishing. What would happen? You would receive into your mas the source of light and kindnes. You would have within you all the ignited and hot that you could possibly ever need or demand. No more heating legislations , no more lightbulbs , no more […]

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His Name Will Be Emmanuel: God With Us

His name will be Emmanuel: God with us( cf. Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23 ). If we understand the significance of this figure Emmanuel, we will find it includes the notion of Savior. For what is a Savior unless one who takes away sin, just as the angel said? Yet with sins having been taken away […]

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The Carmelites of Compiègne: Martyrs in the Age of Enlightenment

After her ballot as Carmelite prioress in 1786, thirty-four-year-old Mother Teresa of St. Augustine learned of a inexplicable substantiate in the monastery’s archive, dated from the previous century. It recorded the strange mystic dream of a partially paralyzed young woman who had lived at the Compiegne monastery for years as a paying patron. In 1694, […]