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Why are We so Afraid to be Afraid of Hell?

October 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Hell & Purgatory, Ralph Martin

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Editors’ Note: We are grateful to have one of the Church’s brightest lights join us at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction. Ralph, in his book, The Fulfillment of All Desire has provided a treasure of inestimable worth to those who hunger to deepen their relationship with the Lord. Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization which engages in a wide... Read More

Where are demons located?

November 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Hell & Purgatory, Spiritual Warfare

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Q: Dear Fr. Fortea, where are demons located? A: Demons—like the souls of deceased human beings—do not occupy space. This does not mean, though, that they are in some other physical dimension. What does being or not being in a dimension mean for a spirit? They are not anywhere. They exist, but they are not “here” or “there” in a physical sense. A demon is said to be in a place when it acts in that place. If a demon... Read More

A Reflection on All Souls and Our Souls

October 31, 2012 by  
Filed under All Souls, Dan Burke, Hell & Purgatory, Seasonal Meditations

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All Souls’ Day makes us mindful not only of the death of our dear ones but also of our own. Death is a punishment, bringing with it, of necessity, a feeling of pain, of fear, of uncertainty. The saints experienced it, and Jesus Himself willed to undergo it. Thus the Church puts before us passages from scripture most suited to encourage us: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord… henceforth they rest from their... Read More

A Hellish Backup Plan

December 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Hell & Purgatory

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Do you have a backup plan to avoid hell? Some believe they do. They believe that some day they will get around to the all-important task of developing their spiritual lives, but that if they don’t, they are willing and ready to endure the backup plan – purgatory.  This sounds plausible on its face, but what if we miss the mark?  Aiming for purgatory and missing can be a hellish mistake. Can it be true?  Is there a fiery... Read More

Please explain plenary indulgences and purgatory! – Part III of III

October 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek, Hell & Purgatory, Indulgences, Sin

Based on your feedback and further consideration on the initial question, I thought I should share a few more thoughts on this topic. The Days of Our Indulgences I want to start with two clarifications. First of all, one reader referred to the older practice of linking indulgences with particular numbers of “days” in purgatory. That practice has been officially phased out, not because it was doctrinally false, but because it... Read More

Please explain plenary indulgences and purgatory! – Part II of III

October 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek, Hell & Purgatory, Indulgences, Sin

Q: Dear Father John, Please explain Plenary Indulgences. If one confession fulfills the requirement of plenary indulgences 8 days before and 8 days after, it seems to me that if someone went to Communion everyday, prayed for the intentions of the Holy Father everyday and prayed the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament everyday, that she could release 17 souls from purgatory in 17 days. Is that right? A: Last time we explored, briefly,... Read More

Please explain plenary indulgences and purgatory! – Part I of III

September 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Hell & Purgatory, Indulgences, Salvation, Sin

Q: Dear Father John, Please explain Plenary Indulgences. If one confession fulfills the requirement of plenary indulgences 8 days before and 8 days after, it seems to me that if someone went to Communion everyday, prayed for the intentions of the Holy Father everyday and prayed the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament everyday, that she could release 17 souls from purgatory in 17 days. Is that right? A: Aside from the problem of... Read More

Why should we meditate on such horrible things as hell and the last judgment?

January 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Hell & Purgatory, Meditations

Q: Dear Dan, why would the Church recommend that we meditate on such horrible things as hell and the last judgment (aren’t there four things.)? Anyway, if there is a benefit to doing such a thing, what would that look like? A: “The Last Things”, or “Eschatology” is the subject that deals with the ultimate truths of our existence. Often called “The Four Last Things,” the number can vary. They are death, judgment, heaven,... Read More