In the month of November we pray especially for the souls in purgatory, but we should pray for them always. They are forgotten by many here on earth but we can be their good friends by praying and offering Masses and good works for them. In this meditation we consider:
Why some souls go to purgatory
How our prayers and suffrages can help them
The two principal pains these souls undergo and their great happiness
What we can learn from apparitions of two souls in purgatory, one to St Margaret Mary Alacoque and another related in the book Hungry Souls by Gerard van den Aardweg
I am happy to invite you to the Brisbane launch of Journey into Truthand Question Time 3 by Archbishop Mark Coleridge on Saturday, November 26, at 7 pm at St Kevin’s parish, Geebung. The launch will follow the 6 pm vigil Mass, which I will celebrate.
Journey into Truth is a set of DVDs of instructions in the Catholic faith, with 24 half-hour talks based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. A book with the same title contains the full text of the talks. EWTN has asked to include the talks in their programs and St Joseph Communications will distribute the DVDs in the U.S.
Question Time 3 is the third volume of questions and answers on the faith published in The Catholic Weeklyand other Catholic papers.
I hope you are able to attend and I ask your prayers for the success of the launch.
I am happy to invite you to the Sydney launch of my new book Question Time 3, the third volume of questions and answers on the faith published in The Catholic Weekly and other Catholic papers.
Newly ordained Bishop Richard Umbers, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, will launch the book at the Mustard Seed Bookshop, 3 Keating St, Lidcombe, on Thursday, November 17 at 7.30 pm. If you are able to attend please RSVP the Mustard Seed on 9646 9000 and feel free to invite your friends. Supper will follow the launch. I look forward to seeing you there.
Our Lady is our intercessor. And, we can ask her to intercede for us using the rosary.
The rosary is a beautiful prayer, in which we honour Our Lady in the Hail Marys and we meditate on the life of Christ in the mysteries. It is also a powerful prayer, which has brought about many great and small blessings over the centuries. In this meditation we consider how:
St Dominic used the rosary to win over the heretics
Our holy mother, Mary, comforted our Lord at the foot of the cross.
In the Litany of Loreto we call Our Lady “Comforter of the afflicted”. With unspeakable love she comforted Jesus on the Cross at Calvary and she accompanies us in our afflictions. In this meditation we consider how:
Because of her freedom from sin Mary was able to love like no other
As prophesied by Simeon, Mary was destined to suffer much because she loved much
Mary suffered in her heart when Jesus was lost in the temple, at the wedding feast of Cana and especially at Calvary
Mary suffered intensely at Calvary, to the point where St Bernard calls her truly a martyr
With the occasion of the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross we consider how Christ invites us to take up our own cross and follow him. We cannot be soft and comfort seeking if we want to be Christ’s followers. Rather we must be strong willed in order to be effective in bringing Christ to others. In this meditation we consider:
Christ’s exaltation on taking up his cross
His invitation to us follow him
The difficulties we face in the world, the flesh and the devil
The need to be strong willed and how we can grow in fortitude