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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

The Saints on Purgatory

in purgatory

[Judas Maccabeus] took up a collection . . . to provide for a sin offering. In doing this he acted very well and honorably, taking account of the resurrection. For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. – 2 Maccabees 12:43-44 When loved ones die, many people experience, in addition to grief and loneliness,... Read More

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed: Novena for the Holy Souls

All Souls Day Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed: Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory   Today marks the Commemoration of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. This month, the Church prays intensely for all these Souls who are assured of heaven but are in Purgatory being purified of the stain of sin not expiated while on earth. Last year, we offered you the Litany for the Holy Souls which can... Read More

Angels, Ghosts, and Godparents

Angels, Ghosts, and Godparents   Description: Have you ever wondered if ghosts exist or if damnation is real? Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson get the answers to these questions and more when they speak with Fr. Michael Kerper about his book A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why do godparents of a Catholic child need to be Catholic? What... Read More

Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

November 2, 2016 by  
Filed under All Souls, Commemoration, Litanies, Liz Estler, Mercy, Prayer

Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory   Editor's Note: Dear faithful friends and readers, on this All Souls' Day (the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed) during this year of mercy, and throughout the month of November, which the Church dedicates to the deceased, we invite you to join us in praying this litany for the holy souls in purgatory (one of several commonly available for private... Read More

Does God Heal After Death?

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

Discernment of Spirits Rule 1

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 1 This week, Dan and Melissa discuss the first rule of the discernment of spirits by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 1 –  “In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy will propose apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to enslave them more and make them grow in... Read More

Embracing Suffering: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 30, Pt 1

Embracing Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 30 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa expresses joy when she learns of the persecution and suffering of the nuns of Seville and Fr. Gracian. Learn when and how to embrace suffering. Dan and Melissa reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, with particular emphasis on embracing suffering. Topics/Questions... Read More

Why You Don’t Want to Go to Purgatory

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

in purgatory

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

Will Anyone Pray for You when You Die?

The Confessions of St. Augustine (Week 9 of 15) “Put this body away anywhere.  Don’t let care about it disturb you.  I ask only this of you, that you remember me at the altar of the Lord, wherever you may be.”  – Saint Monica, speaking to Saint Augustine about her death; The Confessions of Saint Augustine (Book 9: The New Catholic, Chapter 11: The Death of St. Monica) This past weekend,... Read More

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