prayers for the dead

A Grief Answered

Saint Augustine and his mother, Saint Monica

This weekend we celebrate back-to-back feast days of two great saints, Monica and Augustine.  There are few saint stories as legendary as this one: the mother who prays for decades for the conversion of her son, who is very intelligent but also very worldly; the son who is the prototype for so many converts as he endlessly searches for truth […]

Encountering the Word — 2 Maccabees 12:43-45

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture He also took up a collection, man by man, to the amount of two thousand drachmas of silver, and sent it to Jerusalem to provide for a sin offering. In doing this he acted very well and honorably, taking account of the resurrection. For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen […]

Can you explain Purgatory to your friends?

"Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo

Keeping it simple! On a recent Friday morning, while leading a bible study for retirees, the question of purgatory, the punishments due to sin, and salvation came up. They already possessed a good understanding of this important doctrine. But, the discussion reminded me that Purgatory remains one of the most misunderstood teachings of the Church, and maybe one that is least […]

Encountering the Word — 2 Maccabees 12:43-45

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture He also took up a collection, man by man, to the amount of two thousand drachmas of silver, and sent it to Jerusalem to provide for a sin offering. In doing this he acted very well and honorably, taking account of the resurrection. For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen […]

Purgatory — Perfected by the Love of God

"Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo

Keeping it simple! Last Friday morning, while leading a bible study for about 40 retirees, the question of purgatory, the punishments due to sin, and salvation came up. They already possessed a good understanding of this important doctrine. But, the discussion reminded me that Purgatory remains one of the most misunderstood teachings of the Church, and maybe one that is least […]

Encountering the Word — 2 Maccabees 12:43-45

Photography © by Andy Coan

He also took up a collection, man by man, to the amount of two thousand drachmas of silver, and sent it to Jerusalem to provide for a sin offering. In doing this he acted very well and honorably, taking account of the resurrection. For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have […]

What Every Catholic Should Know About Purgatory

"The Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo

Keeping it simple! One of the most misunderstood teachings of the Church, and maybe one that is least reflected on, is the teaching on purgatory. To understand and embrace this teaching does not require deep, exhausting theological study. A short and simple explanation of its meaning should wash away the distortions that cause so many people to doubt or neglect […]

Why do we pray for the dead?

Fr. Robert Barron

Editor’s Note: Fr. Barron addresses why we pray for the dead… Father Barron can be found on the Internet at: Word On Fire CATHOLICISM Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your family and friends about this article using both the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. […]

A Catholic Ghost Story

Editor’s Note: November 1 is All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation. November 2 is All Souls Day. Why not plan on attending Mass on both days? This article might just prompt you to pray for a departed loved one at Holy Mass who may need your prayers. * * * * * When a relative reported she’d seen […]

Purgatory Made Simple

Short and Simple    One of the most misunderstood teachings of the Church, and maybe one that is least reflected on, is the teaching on purgatory. To understand and embrace this teaching does not require deep, exhausting theological study. A short and simple explanation of its meaning should wash away the distortions that cause so many people to doubt or neglect […]