temporal punishment

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cletus The “Cuss Pig”

“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak.” (Matthew 12:26) I have to admit, every time I read these words in Scripture, I get a little nervous. We are living in an age in which we are flooded with words – through advertising, TV, internet, and music. Like anything […]

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 […]