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What the Church Needs to Cope With When Loved Ones Die. REFLECTIONS AND RUMINATIONS - February 22, 2015 ... hope, and not with a tenor of foreboding. It is our faith that arms us with a spiritual weaponry to be able to say like St Paul "oh death, where is your sting?" (1 Cor. 15:55) at these liminal moments in life. Liturgy plays a pivotal and critical role in these times when we are at life's borders. But liturgists also need to be highly tuned to two things at the same time in order for the richness that good liturgy seeks to be experienced – to bring hope and comfort, as well as to pray for ...http://frlukefong.blogspot.com/2015/02/what-church-needs-to-cope-with-when.html

The Martyrs of Libya, and Prayers for the Dead SCELATA - February 20, 2015 ... this life!) Well, of course, nothing goes to waste in the economy of salvation, so that's not really the issue, but how about this? Can I put my prayers, any indulgences such as I may gain, any merit I might accrue from, (for once uncomplainingly?) suffering -- can I put them at the disposal, so to speak, of the beloved departed? tell him or her that if he or she has no need, to just... spread them around where they'll do the most good? So I have decided to make someone I knew ...http://scelata.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-martyrs-of-libya-and-prayers-for.html

This 'Week' in Madonna House - December 25-January 3 GETTING TO THE POINT - January 4, 2015 ... awareness of human suffering and weakness from that, and his unshakable conviction that Christ's victory can overcome any human tragedy, all communicated with simple faith that anyone could receive. Fr. Jim had a great love for families and for children, and he would have loved the whole event (even though crowds were not his thing, too much)—dozens of little ones tearing around at the reception, babies in arms everywhere, old people, young people, all ...http://frdenis.blogspot.com/2015/01/this-week-in-madonna-house-december-25.html

2014 Requiem Mass Homily for Grand Priory of England KNIGHT OF THE WHITE CROSS - December 3, 2014 ... everyone will know that you are my disciples". (John 13: 34-35). Regarding charity shown to those most in need Christ also said "…insofar as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me" (Matt. 25: 40). The basis of God's judgement of us and the measure of our reward will be decided upon our response to these words of our Saviour. Seeking to put this teaching into practice Christians have sought and found ways through the centuries to make charity ...http://tuitiofidei.blogspot.com/2014/12/2014-requiem-mass-homily-for-grand.html

Discipline and Delight for Advent: A Look Back Before Looking Forward TRAINING HAPPY HEARTS - November 22, 2014 http://traininghappyhearts.blogspot.com/2014/11/discipline-and-delight-for-advent-look.html

Please Pray for the Dead LORD, MAKE ME A SAINT - November 18, 2014 ... month, the month of the Holy Souls. I've learned quite a few things about Purgatory. One thing, is that we Catholics are not the only ones that pray for the dead! This was a Jewish custom and in fact, Orthodox Jewish still pray for the dead. Please go HERE for biblical proof of Purgatory. I'd try to explain it but he does a much better job than I'd do! I love that Everything we Catholics do is BIBLICAL!! I am black and white, I need that order, that backing so to speak. I've ...http://makemeasaint.blogspot.com/2014/11/please-pray-for-dead.html

On the Way to Heaven INTO STILLNESS - November 6, 2014 http://intostillness.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/on-the-way-to-heaven/

Commemoration of the Departed Faithful: Pray for Those the World Has Forgotten VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - November 3, 2014 Vatican City, 2 November 2014 (VIS) – The Solemnity of All Saints and the commemoration of all the Faithful Departed, are "intimately linked to each other, just as joy and tears find a synthesis in Jesus Christ, Who is the foundation of our faith and our hope", said Pope Francis to the faithful gathered to pray the Angelus in St. Peter's Square today. On the one hand, in fact, the Church, a pilgrim in history, rejoices through the intercession of the saints and ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2014/11/commemoration-of-departed-faithful-pray.html

Requiem æternam.... WHISPERS IN THE LOGGIA - November 2, 2014 O God, glory of the faithful and life of the just, by the Death and Resurrection of whose Son we have been redeemed, look mercifully on your departed servants, that just as they professed the mystery of our resurrection, so may they merit to receive the joys of eternal happiness.... –Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls' Day) Collect * * * It is lovely to think that it will be Jesus who will awaken us. Jesus himself revealed that the death ...http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2014/11/requiem-ternam.html

Sunday Word, 02 Nov 14 TO FIND FRUIT - November 2, 2014 Affectionate Practice Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed A (02 Nov 2014) Wis 3. 1-9; Ps 23; Rm 5. 5-11; Jn 6. 37-40 Homily of Fr. Paul Panaretos, S.J. W hen October 24 and April 10 come and go, I feel something before I recognize it. Some years its texture is somber; other years weighty. I have felt an ache; I have felt a subtle, insistent tug. Recently a gentle assurance dawned. Those dates offer me a bittersweet peace. On October 24, 2001, and April 10, 2010, ...http://findfruit.blogspot.com/2014/11/sunday-word-02-nov-14.html

All Souls Day ~ November 2nd BATTLE BEADS BLOG - November 2, 2014 All Souls Day follows All Saints Day , and commemorates the faithful departed, i.e. those who die in God's grace and Michelangelo's 'Last Judgement' friendship. Catholics believe that not everyone who dies in God's grace is immediately ready for the Beatific vision, i.e. the direct experience of God and His perfect nature in heaven, so they must be purified of "lesser faults," and the temporal effects of sin. The Catholic Church calls this purification "purgatory." The ...http://battlebeads.blogspot.com/2014/11/all-souls-day-november-2nd.html

Homily for Sunday, November 2: All Souls Day A CONCORD PASTOR COMMENTS - November 2, 2014 ... But why do we pray for those who have died and what do we pray for them? Our knowledge of human frailty and our faith in God's mercy teach us that when we die, we might not be quite ready, God might not yet be finished with making us ready for eternal life. Our whole life on earth is a journey to that dwelling place Christ has prepared and reserved for us in his Father's house. Sometimes on that journey we stay right on the path that leads us home and sometimes we take short cuts or make ...http://concordpastor.blogspot.com/2014/11/homily-for-sunday-november-2-all-souls.html

True Mercy: All Souls Day IS MY PHYLACTERY SHOWING? - November 2, 2014 ... Heaven but are not yet in a state of perfection, need to undergo the process of purification. And they need our prayers during that time. They need our intercession here so that they can be purified and can attain God's presence. We are not being merciful if we fail to intercede for them. We are not being merciful if we don't acknowledge that most of us... are not yet saints and will need all the help we can get. Now, Purgatory has gotten a bad reputation here in the American Catholic Church, ...http://theocoid.blogspot.com/2014/11/true-mercy-all-souls-day.html

Pray for Your Beloved Dead! DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU! (JN 2:5) - November 2, 2014 ... own death in imitation of Christ. Death is not to be avoided, it is something we actively choose long before death has a chance to choose us. Priests wear black to signify that they have entered into the noble death of our Lord. We should not avoid cemeteries. Instead, we should visit them often, and draw close to the vulnerability that is part of being human, and meditate on the shortness of our lives. Most of all, though, we should pray for our beloved dead. And this is where I confess that ...http://frmitchel.blogspot.com/2014/11/pray-for-your-beloved-dead.html

To Trace All Souls Day INSIGHT SCOOP THE IGNATIUS PRESS BLOG - November 2, 2014 ... Calvin, the Reformer of Geneva, had a woman whipped because she was discovered praying at the grave of herson and hence was guilty, according to Calvin, of superstition". "In theory, the Reformation refuses to accept Purgatory, and consequently it also rejects prayer for the departed. In fact German Lutherans at least have returned to it in practice and have found considerable theological justification for it. Praying for one's departed ...http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2014/11/to-trace-all-souls-day.html