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Gospel: On #AllSoulsDay we remember all the "faithful departed" who enjoy new life with God.

Often it's hard for people to believe in the afterlife. But Jesus tells his disciples many times, as in today's Gospel (Jn 6); he shows them with the raising of the dead (Lazarus... Image
...The Widow of Nain's Son, Jairus's Daughter); and then he reveals it definitively at his own Resurrection.

But you can also think of it this way: God loved us into being and loves us for our whole life. God enters into a loving relationship with us at our conception...
… Why would God end that relationship? It makes no sense. God would never end the loving relationship God has with you. Even death cannot end it. Trust in Jesus's promises about what God has in store for believers: eternal life.
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Gospel: On #AllSoulsDay we are reminded that those who believe in Christ will enjoy everlasting life (Jn 6). They also help us with their prayers. As Nancy Dallavalle writes in @GiveUsThisDayLP, "The generations that go before us live anew in the fragile moments of our lives..." Image
...We may long for the clean slate, the fresh start, to be self-made--to cast off the weight of despair, to leave the bitterness behind forever. Instead our beloved dead gather round. In Christ we see them fully, as we cannot in the flesh. Their faces press close...
...but their hands urge us forward. Their hands are God's mercy: saturating all creation, rolling the loss and the graced into a single river of love poured into our hearts, coursing through the rivers of all time, carrying us home...
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1. By purgatory, no more is meant than a middle state of souls; viz., of purgation from sin by temporary chastisements, or a punishment of some sin inflicted after
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2. death, which is not eternal.

As to the place, manner, or kind of these sufferings, nothing has been defined by the Church,it is interwoven with the fundamental articles of the Christian faith.

For, as eternal torments are the portion of all souls which
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3. depart this life under the guilt of mortal sin, and everlasting bliss of those who die in a state of grace, so it is an obvious consequence that among the latter, many souls may be defiled with lesser stains, and cannot enter immediately into the joy of the Lord.

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“We should have a daily familiarity with death, a daily desire for death. By this kind of detachment our soul must learn to free itself from the desires of the body. It must soar above earthly lusts to a place where they cannot come near, to hold it fast.”
“It must take on the likeness of death, to avoid the punishment of death. The law of our fallen nature is at war with the law of our reason and subjects the law of reason to the law of error. What is the remedy?”
“We have a doctor to heal us; let us use the remedy he prescribes. The remedy is the grace of Christ, the dead body our own. Let us then be exiles from our body, so as not to be exiles from Christ.”
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