Articles Tagged ‘Fr. Paul McDonald’

The Poor Souls

"It ain't right, and I'm sick and tired of what ain't right," says a character in the western Silverado. That's how I feel about the treatment the poor souls in Purgatory have been given over the last few decades. "Well, his sufferings are over," people say at the funeral home (I'm talking about Catholic believers). "Your grandmother is in heaven," proclaim priests and deacons at all too many funerals. I have been asked, "Do we still believe in Purgatory?" That Purgatory exists, ... (Continue reading)

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The memorial of our Redemption

Remembrance Day is this Sunday. It is the most important annual memorial celebration in our national life as Canadians, and a day we share with millions and millions of people in numerous countries. We recall and praise those who have made the supreme sacrifice in the struggle for peace and against tyranny. We observe a reverent silence. The celebration of the most holy Eucharist is called a "memorial." But it is different from all others. We must not take this word ... (Continue reading)

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