Why we need Purgatory, with C.S. Lewis

The Irish Catholic

On September 17, 1963, C.S. Lewis wrote to his friend Sr Penelope Lawson, of the Anglican Community of St Mary the Virgin: “If you die first, and if ‘prison visiting’ is allowed, come down and look me up in Purgatory.” As it turned out, Sr Penelope lived to the ripe old age of 87, and passed into eternity in 1977. But Lewis himself died much sooner, barely 10 weeks after writing this letter, exactly a week before what would have been his 65th birthday. Because his death coincided with President John F. Kennedy’s assassination – November 22, 1963 – Lewis disappeared without anyone really noticing his absence. Perhaps for that reason, people did not pray for Lewis at the time as much as they could have. So even though 50 years have passed since the day of his death, please don’t forget to say a prayer for Lewis before reading on.

Francis Wants to Shake the Church out of Complacency

The Irish Catholic by Michael Kelly
November 28, 2013

Pope Francis has given the strongest indication yet that he intends to rebalance power within the Church. In his first major document published this week, the Pope clearly hints that he wants to give more power to the local Church in general, and bishops’ conferences in particular. He’s also calling the Church to ‘wake up’ and for all Catholics to be evangelisers. He’ll disappoint those who have sought to co-opt him and selectively quote his speeches to suit their own agenda.

The One who Practices Mercy does not Fear Death

2013-11-27 L’Osservatore Romano

“Our lives do not end with death”. And Jesus’ Resurrection allows the Church confidently to pray: “If the certainty of having to die saddens us, the promise of future immortality consoles us”. At the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 27 November, in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis spoke about the mystery of our dying in Christ. The following is a translation of the Holy Father’s catechesis, which was delivered in Italian.

Pope Reflects on Temples where We Worship God

(Vatican Radio) A temple is a place where we meet to pray, praise and thank the Lord, but above all, it’s a place where we gather to worship God. At his morning Mass in the Santa Martha Chapel on Friday, Pope Francis focused his homily on both the temple as a building and St Paul’s understanding of our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit.

Pope Issues First Apostolic Exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium

2013-11-26 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued his first Apostolic Exhortation on Tuesday, Evangelii Gaudium, translated into English as The Joy of the Gospel. The 224-page document outlines the Pope’s vision for a missionary Church, whose “doors should always be open”. The Pope speaks on numerous themes, including evangelization, peace, homiletics, social justice, the family, respect for creation, faith and politics, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, and the role of women and of the laity in the Church.

Pope: Faith is Not Private – Worship God Firmly Despite Apostasy, Persecution

November 28, 2013 Independent Catholic News

There are worldly powers that want religion to be simply a private matter and today’s persecuted Christians are a sign of the trials that precede Jesus’ final coming – Pope Francis said in his homily during Mass on Thursday morning at the Casa Santa Marta

In the final battle between God and evil that we read in the liturgy these days, there’s a trap which Pope Francis calls “universal temptation.” It’s the temptation to give in to the deceitful ways of those against God. But those with true faith can look to Jesus for the strength to withstand the insidiousness of evil. Jesus, who endured insults and lies in his public life and the trials of evil in the desert, bore them to his death on the Cross. But, as Prince of Peace, Jesus triumphed over the prince of the world through the Resurrection.