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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

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

The Long Dark Night of Mother Teresa

Saints have told of their spiritual torments and feelings of abandonment by God. In the sixteenth century, St. John of the Cross described the experience as “the dark night of the soul.” But we would be hard-pressed to find another saint who suffered a darkness so thick or a night so long as Mother Teresa suffered. John of the Cross and others wrote poems and spiritual canticles to describe their... Read More

Aridity and Dryness in Prayer Series

A comprehensive listing of spiritual direction posts on this site regarding dryness in prayer, or aridity, and the difficulties this can cause with one's prayer life. Some posts on the dark night which touch on dryness or aridity, are included as well.  Click on the titles of the post to access them. Adoration, Silence and the Lamp of Fire – Part II of II Aridity – Navigating the Interior... Read More