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Does God Heal After Death?

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Does God Heal After Death?   People who do evil are sick…and, at death, God will heal them. In my last post, God’s Not Mean so Hell’s Not Possible, I related a conversation that I had recently. My friend had asserted that since God is all good He wouldn’t possibly send anyone to hell and eternal suffering. What bolstered his argument was this assertion: people who do evil are sick (i.e.... Read More

God’s Not Mean so Hell’s Not Possible

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God’s Not Mean So Hell’s Not Possible   I had a conversation recently with a good and intelligent person who began by saying he didn’t believe in hell or the devil. The upshot of it was this: that God is good and forgiving and would never condemn anyone to unending suffering. He just wouldn’t do that. That would be mean and God can’t be mean. What he expressed, on one hand, was actually... Read More

The Ugliest Rash in the World

January 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Humility, Judgment, Sin, Trent Beattie

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The Ugliest Rash in the World   There’s a curious story about a middle-aged woman who moved to a new parish. One weekday after Mass, she noticed a couple emptying the St. Vincent de Paul food collection into the back of a shiny red SUV. The new parishioner was alarmed and, since there was no one else left in the church, immediately went to the parish office with her concern. “I’ve got to... Read More

Can I Really Love God with All My Strength?

September 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Direction

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Can I Really Love God with All My Strength? Dear Father John,  Jesus said we were supposed to love God with all our strength.  It’s hard to do anything with all my strength, especially as I get older.  Is it really possible to love God with all my strength? MANY POSTMODERN ideologies and theories of human behavior tend to either over- or underemphasize the power of human freedom. These have ... Read More

How to Save Your Loved Ones (Or Not)

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The Confessions of St. Augustine (Week 3 of 15) There may be someone who has been called by you, and has heeded your voice, and has shunned those deeds which he now hears me recalling and confessing of myself.  Let him not laugh to scorn a sick man who has been healed by that same physician who gave him such aid that he did not fall ill, or rather that he had only a lesser ill.  Let him therefore... Read More

Preparation for Death Series

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Preparation for Death Series This is a listing of meditations from the “Preparation for Death” series written by Saint Alphonsus M. Liguori, Doctor of the Church. They were originally published in 1758. That means they contains some dated references. Nevertheless, the teaching is sound. This series is a very sobering set of reflections geared toward conversion of heart and offered for Lenten... Read More

Judge Not

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Judge Not   Presence of God – O Lord, keep me from judging and criticizing my neighbor; give me kind, loving thoughts about everyone. MEDITATION “Judge not, that you may not be judged” (Mt 7:1). Charity to our neighbor begins with our thoughts, as many of our failings in charity are basically caused by our judgments. We do not think highly enough of others, we do not sufficiently consider... Read More

A Hellish Backup Plan

June 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Hell & Purgatory

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A Hellish Backup Plan Do you have a backup plan to avoid hell? Some believe they do. They believe that some day they will get around to the all-important task of developing their spiritual lives, but that if they don’t, they are willing and ready to endure the backup plan – purgatory.  This sounds plausible on its face, but what if we miss the mark?  Aiming for purgatory and missing can... Read More

Grouchy Treasures (Part II of II)

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In our previous post, we examined what the Golden Rule, the Our Father and other Scriptural references teach us about love and mercy, and how we need to develop a new attitude in treating difficult people. Today, we will look at the Scriptural justification for this new outlook, why God might allow difficult people to cross our paths, and how the saints approached even troublesome and problematic people. A... Read More

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