Monday, October 29, 2012

The Month of November is Dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

The Catholic Catechism on Purgatory:

To understand this doctrine and practice of the Church, it is necessary to understand that sin has a double consequence. Grave sin deprives us of communion with God and therefore makes us incapable of eternal life, the privation of which is called the "eternal punishment" of sin. On the other hand every sin, even venial, entails an unhealthy attachment to creatures, which must be purified either here on earth, or after death in the state called Purgatory. This purification frees one from what is called the "temporal punishment" of sin. These two punishments must not be conceived of as a kind of vengeance inflicted by God from without, but as following from the very nature of sin. A conversion which proceeds from a fervent charity can attain the complete purification of the sinner in such a way that no punishment would remain(Catechism 1472).

The Saints and The Church Advocate offering prayers and sacrifices for the souls in Purgatory:

"I come to tell you that they suffer in Purgatory, that they weep, and that they demand with urgent cries the help of your prayers and your good works." (St. John Marie Vianney)

Important Feasts and Dates in November

November 1 All Saints Day (Holy Day of Obligation)
November 2 All Souls Day
November 3 St. Martin de Porres
November 5 St. Elizabeth
November 13 Francis Xavier Cabrini
November 16 St. Margaret of Scotland
November 18 St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
November 21 Presentation of Mary
November 25 Solemnity of Christ the King
November 28 St. Catherine Laboure

Intentions of the Holy Father for the Month of November 2012
General Intention: Ministers of the Gospel. That bishops, priests, and all ministers of the Gospel may bear the courageous witness of fidelity to the crucified and risen Lord.
Missionary Intention: Pilgrim Church. That the pilgrim Church on earth may shine as a light to the nations.

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