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The Four Last Things

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they explore the Church's teachings on death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell by speaking with Fr. Wade Menezes about his book The Four Last Things. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are the four last things? Why is it important to reflect on this doctrine of the Church? Why don't people fear Hell anymore? Why was there less emphasis on the teachings on the... Read More

Will We Know Each Other in Heaven?

November 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Death and Dying, Heaven

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All the blessed, admitted into heaven, know each other perfectly, even before the general resurrection. This is proved by Scripture as well as by tradition. I shall confine myself to quoting the New Testament to you; I shall content myself, too, with the parable of the rich man, and with some words that have reference to the Last Judgment. This parable is so fine that I cannot resist the pleasure... Read More

Solutions from the Saints

It can safely be said that Christians today — faced by a society that constantly works to undermine or discredit their moral values and beliefs — have more than enough moral problems and life challenges, but far too few spiritual role models. We are more technically knowledgeable and proficient than ever before, but perhaps less aware of life’s central issues, and more confused and uncertain... Read More

Therese of Lisieux: Brevity of Life, Glory of Heaven, Beauty of Suffering

The Brevity of Life, the Glory of Heaven, and the Beauty of Suffering How can we find encouragement here on earth? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the brevity of life, the glory of heaven and the beauty of suffering through the perspective of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse responds to her sister, Leonie, about the emotional difficulties... 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

Is Heaven a Place or State of Being or Both?

December 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Fr. Bartunek, Heaven

Is Heaven a Place or State of Being or Both? Dear Father John, I read recently that the late Cardinal George, God rest his soul, said that heaven is not a place. I've also heard this mentioned elsewhere. I have a good understanding of what Jesus said about the kingdom of heaven being within you, among you, etc. But, it seems to me that saying heaven is not a place denies the bodily Ascension of... Read More

Making the Most of Advent

Making the Most of Advent Advent is here. Are you ready? How can prepare spiritually for Christmas? Dan and Melissa discuss ways we can make the most of Advent, and how we can prepare our hearts for Christmas during Advent with devotional ideas and lots of resources.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is Advent so important in the liturgical calendar? How does imagery, like icons... Read More

Crossing Over the Sea of Mediocrity and Eternal Fire

Crossing Over the Sea of Mediocrity and Eternal Fire Perhaps you were expecting a post along the lines of: “If you participate in Halloween,” you’re aiding and abetting evil. Well, depending on one’s intention, that may very well be the case. I look at the displays all over the yards here where my family lives and you can’t help but feel the evil influence lurking beneath seemingly “benign”... Read More

Why You Don’t Want to Go to Purgatory

October 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Last Things, Matthew Leonard, Purgatory

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Editor's Note: It give us great pleasure to introduce you to Matthew Leonard, who joins our writing team today.  He is the Executive Director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, has written several books, is in demand as a speaker and has his own radio show and has appeared on EWTN, Relevant Radio, Immaculate Heart Radio, CBS Radio, and the list goes on! Please welcome him warmly and... Read More

Are You Headed to Heaven or Hell?

September 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

There is a troubling phenomenon noted by several Doctors of the Church regarding the common waning of spiritual development after a period of progress. It often happens after a fervent soul makes notable gains against habitual mortal and then venial sin. It can also happen on the back side of any virtue-based victory. The soul becomes satisfied with itself and then reaches for the cruise control button... Read More

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