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All Saints Day

The Solemnity of All Saints is November 1st.

The Feast of All Souls is November 2nd.

"The Communion of the Church of Heaven and Earth -

The three states of the Church. 'When the Lord comes in glory, and all his angels with him, death will be no more and all things will be subject to him. But at the present time some of his disciples are pilgrims on earth. Others have died and are being purified, while still others are in glory, contemplating 'in full light, God himself triune and one, exactly as he is.'

All of us, however, in varying degrees and in different ways share in the same charity towards God and our neighbors, and we all sing the one hymn of glory to our God. All, indeed, who are of Christ and who have his Spirit form one Church and in Christ cleave together so it is that the union of the wayfarers with the brethren who sleep in the peace of Christ is in no way interrupted, but on the contrary, according to the constant faith of the Church, this union is reinforced by an exchange of spiritual goods."

- from the Catechism of the Catholic Church 954, 955

 

 

 

 

Any Friend of God's Is a Friend of Mine: A biblical and historical explanation of the Catholic doctrine of the Communion of Saints Author:  Patrick Madrid

Any Friend of God's Is a Friend of Mine: A biblical and historical explanation of the Catholic doctrine of the Communion of Saints

 

Author: Patrick Madrid

Butler's Lives of the Saints: New Concise Edition Author:  Paul Burns, Editor

Butler's Lives of the Saints: New Concise Edition

 

Author: Paul Burns, Editor

A New Dictionary Of Saints,Of the Eastern and Western Church  Author:  Michael Walsh

A New Dictionary Of Saints, Of the Eastern and Western Church

 

Author: Michael Walsh

 

Dictionary of Saints; Revised and Updated  Author:  John J. Delaney

A New Dictionary Of Saints,Of the Eastern and Western Church

 

Author: Michael Walsh

Orestes A. Brownson

Saint Worship And The Worship Of Mary: Why Devotion To The Saints Makes Sense

 

Author: Orestes A. Brownson

Fr. Shannon Michael Collins, C.P.M.

Wisdom of the Saints CD

 

Author: Fr. Shannon Michael Collins, C.P.M.

Books on the Saints for younger readers

Saints For Young Readers Vol. I, For Every Day   Author:  Sr. Susan Helen Wallace, Editor

Saints For Young Readers Vol. I, For Every Day

 

Author: Sr. Susan Helen Wallace, Editor

Saints For Young Readers Vol. II, For Every Day   Author:  Sr. Susan Helen Wallace, Editor

Saints For Young Readers Vol. II, For Every Day

 

Author: Sr. Susan Helen Wallace, Editor

Lois Rock

Saintly Tales And Legends

 

Author: Lois Rock

Amy Welborn

Loyola Kids Book Of Saints

 

Author: Amy Welborn

 

 

William Bouguereau's "All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Sacred Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in any age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offences can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.

This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: 'Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin. From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God."

- from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1030, 1032

Fire Of Love! Understanding Purgatory   Author:  St. Catherine of Genoa

Fire Of Love! Understanding Purgatory

 

Author: St. Catherine of Genoa

Fr. H. J. Coleridge, S.J.

The Prisoners Of The King

 

Author: Fr. H. J. Coleridge, S.J.

Patrick Madrid

Pocket Guide To Purgatory

 

Author: Patrick Mad

Purgatory; And The Means To Avoid It    Author:  Fr. Martin Jugie

Purgatory; And The Means To Avoid It

 

Author: Fr. Martin Jugie

30 Days for the Holy Souls

Stories About Purgatory: 30 Days for the Holy Souls

Susan Tassone

Praying in the Presence of Our Lord for the Holy Souls

 

Author: Susan Tassone

 

 

To browse our selection of books on the "Four Last Things" please click here.

“According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, the work of each will come to light, for the Day (of Judgment) will disclose it. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire (itself) will test the quality of each one's work. If the work stands that someone built upon the foundation, that person will receive a wage. But if someone's work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire. “

- St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians, 3:15

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Edward Sri

The New Rosary in Scripture: Biblical Insights for Praying the 20 Mysteries

 

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Contemplating the Face of Christ

The Rosary: Contemplating the Face of Christ

 

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