Homily #120816 ( 00min) Play- �Jesus came that sinners may have life, therefore, we must cooperate in His mission and forgive our neighbors.
Mass: Ordinary Form -�St. Stephen of Hungary – Optional Memorial
1st Reading: Ezekiel 12:1-12
Responsorial Psalm: 78:56-57, 58-59, 61-62
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-19:1
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Abbot Charles Wright, O.S.B. answers a caller who asks how God can be in purgatory and hell at the same time.
Abbot Charles Wright, O.S.B., conducts retreats, offers spiritual direction and occasionally assists in parish ministry.
After serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, he joined a monastery (now Prince of Peace Abbey) in Oceanside, CA. He attended seminaries in Indiana and Oregon respectively, and was ordained in 1970 after receiving a B.A. and M.A. in Theology. In 1983, the monastery became an abbey and the then-Fr. Charles was appointed the Prior — assistant to the Abbot. After the Abbot retired in 1994, Fr. Charles was elected Abbot and has held that position ever since.
This is a somewhat abridged/alternative version of the most famous litany of the Church, the Litany of the Saints. While creating the video I have not included lyrics, as it is quite easy to understand what is being chanted and uses simple and oft repeated words which even a beginner can follow. Instead, I have included several art works, that depict the Saints. The great men and women of God, who have lived and died in His grace, are always there to intercede for us and to be our loving role models. Not only those mentioned by name in this version, or in other versions of the prayer, but all the Saints of God, please pray for us!
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One of the most shunned Catholic beliefs by fellow Christians is the doctrine of Purgatory. I have heard so many different things from various people attacking Purgatory. They will say things such as “The word Purgatory is nowhere to be found in the Bible” or “Purgatory is just a money making scheme invented by Catholics” or “Purgatory is just an invitation for Catholics to sin all they want and then get a second chance at heaven.” In this article, I would like to dispel many of the false things believed about Purgatory and set the record straight as to what Purgatory actually is.
So, before I begin by telling you what Purgatory is, let me tell you what it is not. Some people believe that Purgatory is this place “in the middle” where you go if you are not quite good enough for heaven but not quite bad enough for hell. But this is not nor has ever been Catholic teaching on Purgatory. Other people believe that Purgatory is some sort of “safety net” for Catholics, in which they can sin all they want in life and be given a second chance at heaven in Purgatory. Again, this is not nor has ever been what Catholics have taught about Purgatory, and any Catholic who believes this will have a big disappointment coming to them when they die.
Now that we have cleared up what Purgatory is not, let us discuss what Purgatory actually is. Catholics agree with non-Catholics that ultimately, there are only two eternal destinations, heaven and hell. When we die, we will be immediately judged and know the eternal destination of our souls (Hebrews 9:27, 2 Corinthians 5:10). If hell is our destination because we die unrepentant in a state of mortal (deadly) sin (1 John 5:16-17), then it is for all eternity and there is no way to ever get out. If we die in a state of grace and friendship with God and heaven is our destination, this also is for all eternity. But before getting into heaven, there may be some type of purification process to be able to enter heaven. Think of it as taking a shower before getting in a public pool. Purgatory is just getting you cleaned up for heaven. It is a temporary state before you receive your eternal reward.
A good question to ask anyone who doubts that purgatory exists is “Are you perfect?” I am sure that most people will say no to that question. Scripture tells us “If we say, ‘We are without sin,’ we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8-9). So nobody should say that they are perfect because everyone sins. Next, ask them if they will be perfect when they are in heaven and come into God’s presence. Most people should say yes to this. Revelation 21:27 tells us that nothing unclean will enter heaven. So it only stands to reason that if a person is not perfect now, but will be perfect when they enter heaven, then there must be some process that cleans them up and gets them ready for heaven. Hebrews 12:22-23, when speaking of heaven, tells us about “The spirits of the just MADE perfect” (emphasis added). You can call this process of being made perfect whatever you would like, but Catholics call it Purgatory. When you think about Purgatory like this, how could anyone NOT believe in it?
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In the United Kingdom, ‘Remembrance Sunday’ is held on the second Sunday in November, which is the Sunday nearest to 11 November Armistice Day.It is the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11 a.m. in 1918, “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”. In the United Kingdom, Remembrance Sunday is marked by ceremonies at local war memorials in most cities, towns and villages, attended by civic dignitaries, ex-servicemen and -women (principally members of the Royal British Legion), members of local armed forces regular and reserve units (Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marines and Royal Marines Reserve, Army and Territorial Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Auxiliary Air Force), military cadet forces (Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps as well as the Combined Cadet Force) and youth organisations (e.g. Scouts and Guides). Wreaths of remembrance poppies are laid on the memorials and two minutes silence is held at 11 a.m. Church bells are usually rung “half-muffled”, creating a sombre effect. – Wikipedia