Seen today at Father Z’s Blog, in the comment box

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…We are sinners who need hard and fast rules. I can attest to this personally.

I became pregnant at a very difficult time in our married life. I would certainly have had an abortion had I not converted to Catholicism a couple of years previously.

Our daughter, the light of our lives, owes her life to the Catholic Church, whose precepts REPLACED the conscience I had formed whilst immersed in the culture of death.

Deo gratias.

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What is the “wrath of God?”

The wrath of God is our experience of the total incompatibility of unrepented sin before the holiness of God.

The unrepentant sinner cannot endure the presence, and the holiness of God.There is for such a one wailing and grinding of teeth, anger and even rage when confronted by the existence of God and the demands of His justice and holiness.

God’s wrath does not mean in some simplistic sense that God is “mad” as if being emotionally worked up to fury. God is not moody and unstable. God is not subject to temper tantrums like we are. Rather this, God is holy, and the unrepentant sinner cannot endure his holiness, but experiences it as wrath.

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A priest reaffirms his faith in the Catholic Church, in a strange kind of way.

The Catholic Church is like the Old Testament. There is Noah, lying drunk and naked. There’s Abraham disobeying God and taking his maid instead of his wife. There’s David ogling Bathsheba and plotting to kill her husband after he makes her pregnant. The same rich stink of sin wafts through the Catholic Church too, and that is what makes it seem real.

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Jesus Christ is King of Thieves, though he never stole. He is savior of sinners though he himself never sinned.


In the Gospel for today’s feast we have an image for the Church. We like to think of more pleasant images such as the Church being the Bride of Christ or the Body of Christ. Today’s image is less exalted and more humbling to be sure but it is an image just the same: The Church is Christ, crucified between two thieves.

Yes, this is the Church too. Somehow we are all thieves. The fact is, we are all sinners and we have all used the gifts and things that belong to God in a way that is contrary to his will. To misuse things that belong to others is a form of theft and we are thus thieves for we have all misused what belongs to God.

Consider some of the things we claim as our own and how easily we misuse them: Our bodies, our time, our talents, our money, our gift of speech, our gift of freedom and so forth. We call them ours but they really belong to God and if we use them in ways contrary to the intention of the owner we are guilty of a form of theft.

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More reflections on Good Friday

“To be connected with the Catholic Church is to be associated with scoundrels, warmongers, fakes, gluttons, hateful, gossips, child-molesters, murderers, prostitutes, publicans, double-minded, slothful, adulterers and hypocrites of every description.

It also, at the same time, identifies you with the greatest saints and the finest persons of heroic soul of every time, era, country, race, and gender. Men and women who surrendered their will to God’s will, who willingly without shame stood in place of the weak and those who without regard to self laid down their lives for even those who hated them, and all this for the love of Jesus and for glory unto God.

To be a member of the Catholic Church is to carry the mantle of both the worst sin and the finest heroism of soul because Christ’s Church always looks exactly as it looked at the original crucifixion:

God hung among thieves.

– Anonymous

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All Saints Day Novena for the Holy Souls

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Begins nine days before All Souls Day (November 1st) – Pray for your deceased loved ones.

The following Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for the Holy Souls in Purgatory is said after the particular prayers for each day of the novena, which follow.

O MOST SWEET Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have mercy on them.

R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel scourging, have mercy on them. R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on them. R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on them. R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel Crucifixion, have mercy on them. R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most bitter agony on the Cross, have mercy on them. R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain which Thou didst suffer in breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul, have mercy on them. R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

Here recommend yourself to the Souls in Purgatory, and mention the favour you wish to obtain through this Novena.

Blessed Souls, I (we) have prayed for thee; I (we) entreat thee, who are so dear to God, and who are secure of never losing Him, to pray for me a miserable sinner (us miserable sinners), who is (are) in danger of being damned, and of losing God forever. Amen.

Specific prayers for each of the nine days here

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