Monthly Archives: October 2012

Utility of prayer for the departed

It is the traditional faith of Catholics that the souls in purgatory are not separated from the Church, and that the love which is the bond of union between the Church’s members should embrace those who have departed this life in God’s grace. Hence, since our prayers and our sacrifices can help those who are still waiting … Continue reading

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House of Gold

Gold is a symbol of love. Therefore St. Albert the Great calls Mary “a golden temple of charity.” And with reason; for St. Thomas was, that “as all in the temple was covered with gold, so was everything in the … Continue reading

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Tower of Ivory

Thus is Mary also called. Thy neck is as a tower of ivory (Ps 86:10). Mary is called a neck; for she is the mystic neck through which the vital spirits, that is, the divine help which preserves in us … Continue reading

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Tower of David

Mary is called in the sacred Canticles the Tower of David: Thy neck is as the tower of David; a thousand bucklers hang upon it; all the armor of valiant men. St. Bernardine says, that the tower of David stood … Continue reading

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The Pains of Purgatory

There is in Purgatory, as in Hell, a double pain – the pain of loss and the pain of sense. The pain of loss consists in being deprived for a time the sight of God, who is the Supreme Good, … Continue reading

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Mystical Rose

Of Mary it is said in the sacred Canticles, that she was the enclosed Garden of God, My sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed. St. Bernard writes, “that our Lord planted all the flowers which adorned the Church in … Continue reading

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Spiritual Communion Even during the night

The saints were eager to make use of these and similar holy means to provide outlet for their overflowing hearts; for they never felt they had gone far enough in their endeavors to love.  “The more I love You, the … Continue reading

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