Church Teaching on Death: Death & the Particular Judgment

Death is the end of man’s earthly life and the gateway to the next. The state of our soul at the time of death is what determines whether this gateway leads to heaven, hell or purgatory. For the Christian, death ought to be a moment of great joy rather than a moment of fear. This is from The Four Last Things: Good Catholic Digital Content Series It is an excellent series! The skeletons of thousands of Capuchin friars adorn the walls of the crypt of Our Lady of the Conception Church in Rome. Among them, an inscription reads: “What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be.” The Church constantly reminds us that death might come when we least expect it, so we must always be prep

What a Soul Experiences in Purgatory

The souls in purgatory desire one thing only: to be consumed in the love of God. This ardent charity gradually purifies their imperfections and draws them ever closer to God until they obtain Him fully. What will purgatory be like? Perhaps the greatest description of what a soul will experience in purgatory has been given to us by St. Catherine of Genoa. St. Catherine was given the special grace to experience in this life, over the span of a few years, the actual sufferings of purgatory in her soul. This enabled her to give the Church a detailed account of the condition of the Holy Souls in Purgatory based on her personal experience. Her masterful work, Treatise on Purgatory, is excerpted be

The Brilliance & Beauty of a Soul Restored to Grace

St. Catherine of Sienna by her charity had converted a sinner named Palmerine, who died and went to Purgatory. The saint gave herself no rest until she had delivered this soul. In recompense, our Lord permitted her to appear to the saint I love this story! It makes me want to offer prayers & sacrifices continually for others, especially the Holy Souls in Purgatory. It may seem harsh at first, but remember "God's ways are not our ways. His ways are so far above our ways..." (Isaiah 55:8-9). God is more inclined to reward than to punish, and if He inflict a chastisement upon those who forget the souls so dear to His Heart, He shows Himself truly grateful towards those who assist Him in the per

The Communion of Saints

The Body of Christ is not limited to souls on earth. All the dead in Christ – both the saints in heaven and the faithful in purgatory – are active members of Christ’s Mystical Body. One of the most encouraging truths of our Catholic Faith is that we are never alone in our journey of faith. God has ordained that all the members of the Body of Christ assist the other members in the work of their sanctification. When we are weak, the strength of the Body of Christ supports us. Our Faith is not individualistic, but communal. In the Apostle’s Creed, immediately after we profess that we believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, we profess the existence of the “communion of saints.” St.

The Communion of Saints: THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT

All the souls in heaven are members of the Church Triumphant. Their mission is to intercede for the salvation of sinners and to assist the faithful on their journey to heaven. The souls in heaven have finished their journey of faith by persevering in the love of God until death. They “ran the race” and won the prize of eternal life (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). They are traditionally called the Church Triumphant. With God’s grace they overcame their enemies: the world, the flesh, and the devil. They have now reached their final perfection as saints. Christ has completed the work of their sanctification and made their souls perfectly pure and holy. THE SAINTS REIGN NOW IN HEAVEN The saints in heav

The Communion of Saints: THE CHURCH MILITANT (the Pilgrim Church)

All baptized souls on earth, who possess and live the Catholic Faith under the authority of the Holy Father, are members of the Church Militant. The Church Militant has a solemn duty to advance the kingdom of heaven on earth by bringing souls to Christ. The members of the Christ’s Mystical Body who still live on earth are traditionally referred to as the Church Militant. The term militant is used because our souls are currently striving for eternal salvation; we have not yet obtained our heavenly reward. As long as we live on this earth we must enter into spiritual battle with the world, the flesh, and the devil to save our souls. With the help of God’s grace, we must persevere in our Cathol

The Communion of Saints: THE CHURCH SUFFERING

All the souls who are being purified in purgatory are members of the Church Suffering. The Church Militant (the Pilgrim Church) has the duty, based on its obligation to assist a neighbor in need, to lessen their sufferings with prayers and penances offered on their behalf. This is from The Four Last Things Good Catholic Digital Content Series The Holy Souls in purgatory are traditionally called the “Church Suffering” because of the real suffering they endure as they are purified. They can do nothing to ease their own pains; their time for obtaining merit with God ended at their death. They can now only benefit from prayers and sacrifices offered on their behalf. The Church Suffering depends

A Journey to Hell, Heaven & Purgatory

After a near-fatal motorcycle crash 30 years ago, priest said guardian angel showed him the afterlife Father Jose Maniyangat story was featured in the homily of the Mass at EWTN celebrated by Father Joseph Mary. It is excellent & life-changing! Testimony of Fr. Maniyangat, Motorcycle Priest revived from death A priest who saw heaven, hell, and purgatory The following is not a story coming out of the rumor mill. The priest whose testimony is given below is the pastor of a Catholic Church in Florida. The testimony is on the website of the parish. Here is his personal testimony: I was born on July 16, 1949 in Kerala, India to my parents, Joseph and Theresa Maniyangat. I am the eldest of seven c

The Message of Fatima & An Important Mission for Grieving Hearts

Daily offer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the sacrifices demanded by the duties required of your state in life, as well as whatever hardships and difficulties God permits in your life, in reparation for sin and for the conversion of sinners. In other words, “offer it up.” Sister Lucia considered the living out of this disposition the most fundamental and important everyday response to Fatima. If we do our best to live the message of Fatima by offering the suffering we experience from the death of our loves ones, to Jesus through Mary, in reparation for sins and the conversion of sinners (starting with ourselves) we will truly be participating in the salv

A Mission for the Bereaved: Living Out the Message of Fatima

“Are you suffering a great deal? Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” There is something strangely comforting about the message that the Angel of Peace and Our Lady brought to us from Heaven even though it is full of paradoxes. The year 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to the three shepherd children and because of that, on social media, there was a lot of attention drawn to the content of these saving messages. For me, personally, it was a wonderful reminder of how life-changing living these messages in our everyday lives can be! It confirmed so much of what I know

The Flip Side of "Heaven Is for Real"

Heaven is real, and from what I’ve heard it’s astounding. But in order to get there, we are also challenged to sanctify our souls and get an ego check in this life I’m not one of those twelve million readers who bought the book "Heaven is For Real" and torpedoed it to the New York Times’ Bestseller List. But I did check it out from the library and enjoyed both the story and the accounts of heaven. “Heaven is for real” is, in fact, only one among the many testimonies of near death experiences I’ve heard about from both Christians and non-Christians. With some suspect exceptions, most of the descriptions of heaven are fascinating and inspire me to work hard to aim for the ultimate prize.

How God Got Gloria’s Attention: Lightning, Hell’s Gate and A Vision of Purgatory

When Gloria Polo was struck by lightning in 1995, her internal organs were so badly burnt that the doctors believed there was no way she could survive. They wanted to turn off her life support and let nature take its course. Twenty-two years later, except for a slight limp when she walks, there are no obvious signs of what she suffered. When one of the doctors who had treated her injuries was asked by a journalist in 2013 to summarize what had happened to Gloria Polo he said simply, “Miracle”. Her amazing story has become known around the world, not so much because of her miraculous healing, but rather because of her near death experience, during which she claims she saw heaven, hell and pur

Offer it Up = Open it Up

Have you ever heard someone say "Offer it up"? Sometimes people have a hard time understanding what that phrase means. When you think of the phrase “offer it up”, think of it as “open it up.” When we “offer up” our suffering, we “open it up" for God to enter into it. This makes our struggle (suffering) fruitful in many different ways, two of them are: First, when we "offer up" a difficulty to God - instead of succumbing to it in a negative way or trying to push the pain down and not deal with it - it is as if a wall has come down in our heart and we are giving Him access to an area of our life that He was not able to come fully into before. We have "opened it up" to Him. Because He is presen

The Final Judgment

When Christ returns to earth, all human souls will be joined to immortal bodies to face a public tribunal of every human deed from the beginning of history to its end. The following is from "Good Catholic - The Four Last Things:Journey of a Soul" - A study of God's revealed truth on the journey of a soul from death to eternity. It is excellent! In the Apostle’s Creed we profess our belief that Jesus will come back to earth “to judge the living and the dead.” This judgment will be the culmination of all human history. This event is referred to repeatedly throughout Scripture with different names such as “the day of the Lord” (Is. 2:12), “that day” (Matt. 7:22), and “the day of wrath” (Rom. 2:

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