In your prayers do not babble as the gentiles do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard (Matthew 6:7).
“… After eight days [after the Feast of Easter] let there be another feast observed with honor, the eighth day itself on which He [Jesus] gave me Thomas, who was hard of belief, full assurance, by showing me the print of the nails, and the wound made in His side by the spear.”
St. Thomas the Apostle, writing in The Apostolic Constitutions (Book 5, Chapter 19)
An ancient but mostly unknown custom of the Church is the offering of a daily Mass for 30 days for a soul in Purgatory. After the Masses are said, the soul would immediately be freed from Purgatory and enter Heaven.
The centre of the Catholic Church is the Mass. The Liturgy of the Eucharist is an ancient practice which goes back to the Last Supper with the first Mass. Its the main way that we worship God and petition requests to Him. This is also the most effective means to help the holy souls. How … Read more Catholic Mass
To the Most Reverend Raymond Séguy, Bishop of Autun, Châlon and Mâcon, Abbot of Cluny 1. This year, when we are celebrating the millennium of the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, established by St. Odilo, fifth Abbot of Cluny, the centenary of the foundation of the Archfraternity of Our Lady of Cluny, committed to … Read more “I Urge Catholics to Pray for the Dead” – St. Pope John Paul II
October 31. Halloween. A headache for parents, an event that children anticipate all year. This is a challenging time for parents because they have to get some type of costume for their children and buy large amounts of candy for those who will visit their humble abode on that day. Children enjoy this day because … Read more Scary Stuff: All Hallows Eve
The last Jubilee was declared by the Church in the year 2000. In this year, a new set of indulgences has been declared for this Jubilee and future ones (the next one likely to be in 2050). With the new indulgences, we can do a great deal to help release the holy souls from Purgatory. … Read more Jubilee Indulgences
You want to gain a Jubilee indulgence. That’s great. There’s one problem. You noticed that your surrounded by water and there doesn’t seem to be any floating cathedrals or churches anywhere nearby. This is the dilemma of people who work on ships and even those who are on cruise vacations. But its the Catholic Church … Read more Indulgences on the High Seas
Most Protestants reject the doctrine of Purgatory, believing it to be both unbiblical and an invention of the Catholic Church. They think that the Christians of the early church did not believe in Purgatory or pray for the dead, and these doctrines were created by a corrupted paganized version of Christianity (i.e. the Catholic Church) … Read more Historically Speaking