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How Angels Help Us to Heaven

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Fr. John Horgan to discuss the role of the angels in the Church and how they can help us to heaven. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What inspired Fr. Horgan to write His Angels at Our Side? How do the angels lead us into prayer? What are some of the most common misunderstandings about angels? What are “choirs” of angels and how... Read More

How Our Lord’s Ascension Into Heaven Increases Our Faith

How Our Lord's Ascension Into Heaven Increases Our Faith* At Easter, beloved brethren, it was the Lord’s resurrection which was the cause of our joy; our present rejoicing is on account of his ascension into heaven. With all due solemnity, we are commemorating that day on which our poor human nature was carried up, in Christ, above all the hosts of heaven, above all the ranks of angels, beyond the... Read More

The Victory of Christ over Sin and Death

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The Victory of Christ over Sin and Death The Incarnation and the Resurrection I wish to clarify some fundamental truths regarding our Faith and the complex theme of evil spells. Even before speaking of these evils and their author, the devil, and in order to discourage the temptation of sensationalism, I shall put together two fundamental premises that regard Jesus Christ, the Master, the Savior,... Read More

God is With Us: How Jesus Opens to Man the Presence of the Father

April 4, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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God is with Us: How Jesus Opens to Man the Presence of the Father The Lord died and arose from the dead to a new life of an absolutely Godlike character. It was that life that was suddenly and mysteriously illuminated for a moment on Mount Tabor. When He was on His way to Jerusalem, where He was to suffer, this Godlike essence blazed up from hidden depths. True enough, it was only for one short... Read More

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

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