Category Archives: Spirit Daily

Getting ready for November

November is due to arrive at the end of the week, and that is an important month for myself and this blog. The Solemnity of All Saints on the 1st and the Feast of All Souls on the 2nd are two of my favorite days on the Church’s liturgical calendar.

Not to mention that my Mom died in 2005 on the 7th. I noticed that 8 years ago, today, she was transferred from the ICU to a private room at the hospital from where she died.

And so I will attempt to write more on death, dying and the devotions regarding such things like I usually try to do. Most of the material that is not original to me (such as links from Spirit Daily, New Advent and other people’s blogs) may actually be posted to the social network Pages this blog has. Links to them are here:

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"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

and "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"

MINISTERING AT GRAVESIDE

Here is a brief article from Spirit Daily concerning a wonderful devotion about praying for the dead:

MINISTERING AT GRAVESIDE

I have posted on this before, and will post a few more reminders tomorrow (or you can look through the Archives).

Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)

"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

and "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"

Praying for the dead

Ar article in Spirit Daily reminds us that November is the month for praying for the deceased:

MONTH ARRIVES FOR US TO HELP THE SOULS WHO MAY BE IN PURGATORY OR ROAMING ‘IN BETWEEN’

The article also references to concept of “ghosts” or “spectres”, and states that the Church has no formal teaching on belief in such things, which is something that I need to look into to know for certain. If in fact the Church does not condemn belief in the existence of ghosts, then my opinion is that such entities are souls of the dead whose Purgatorial experience is such that they still remain in some fashion on Earth. But more on that in another post I’m drafting.

Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)

"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

and "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"

Loved ones greet us when we go Home

Spirit Daily has an excellent and comforting article on death, and that perhaps it is something to look forward to, at least not fear: RELATIVES ARE THERE WHEN WE DIE

The notion that we are greeted by loved ones after we die and enter into eternity (assuming Heaven is the destination) is not new to me, it is the subject of numerous prayers and devotions to the dead and dying. But the article relates these stories from a “Near Death Experience” perspective, and therefore lend some testimonial evidence as screened by a researcher.

Read it and get hope!

Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)

"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

and "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"

Our lives' actions effects revealed in afterlife

There is an excellent article in Spirit Daily : “THE ‘RIPPLE EFFECT’ OF WHAT WE DO IS THERE IN THE FINAL REVIEW BY THE LORD OF OUR LIVES”, that details revelations from near-death experiences about the effects of our actions, both positive and negative, have on each other and throughout creation.

Paragraphs 1021 and 1022 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church declare the following regarding the “particular judgment”, that is, the judgment before Jesus that everyone faces upon their own death:

Catechism of the Catholic Church

“1021 Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ. The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of the final encounter with Christ in his second coming, but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and faith. The parable of the poor man Lazarus and the words of Christ on the cross to the good thief, as well as other New Testament texts speak of a final destiny of the soul—a destiny which can be different for some and for others.

1022 Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven—through a purification or immediately,—or immediate and everlasting damnation. At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.

(Via USCCB.)

It is interesting to note the CCC says: “Each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and faith”, and “at the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.” The article from Spirit Daily seems to affirm this. We will know at the moment of death the affects we had upon others. What did we work towards? Did our faith matter? (Was our faith manifested in our works?) Did we love?

Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)

"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

and "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"

Is it the Fire of Hell, or Purgatory?

There is an article in Spirit Daily: “WHEN A SOUL SPEAKS OF FIRE, IS IT HELL OR SOMETIMES LOWEST PURGATORY?” that discusses for the discernment of readers the Gospel passage of the rich man and poor Lazarus.

The article mentions the possibility that the rich man may not have been in Hell, but rather Purgatory. Kindly read for your consideration. (I think Jesus was talking about Hell, not Purgatory.)

Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)

"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

and "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"