Short Catholic Homily: Help the Poor Souls in Purgatory – Free Catholic Audio

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Amen I say to thee, thou shalt not go out from thence till thou repay the last farthing. Matt 5:26

ne of the 7 spiritual works of mercy.

We lose nothing, dear brethren, by praying for them; be assured we are rather the gainers, for not only do they pray for us, but more— our charity towards them deepens in our souls our love for God, and makes us thirst the more after virtue and holiness, and wins for us a higher place in heaven and a brighter crown of everlasting glory. Transcript

Notes : In addition to the many partial and plenary indulgences available for specific good works (such as reading the bible for a half an hour, praying the rosary in front of the blessed sacrament etc.)  There are also three general grants for indulgences that grant the faithful a partial indulgence either for their own sins or for the souls in purgatory they are

A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, while performing their duties and enduring the difficulties of life, raise their minds in humble trust to God and make, at least mentally, some pious invocation.

A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, prompted by a spirit of faith, devote themselves or their goods in compassionate service to their brothers and sisters in need.

A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a spirit of penitence, voluntarily abstain from something which is licit for and pleasing to them.  Norms for Indulgences 3rd Edition

Remember though, in order to gain an indulgence you have to have the intention of receiving one.

Eternal Rest Grant unto them O’Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon them. Amen

An Excerpt From :
Priests of the Congregation of St. Paul. Five Minute Sermons for Low Masses on All Sundays of the Year. Vol. 2. [S.l.]: Catholic Publication Society, 1886. Print. starts pg 477

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The Ghost of Kingdom Come by Rev. Gerald T Brennan – Free Catholic Audiobook

A word about ghosts.

Do you believe in Ghosts? Are you afraid of Ghost? Ghosts are truly real. St. Joseph, St. Peter, St. Bridget are real ghosts. This little book is written with the hope that the boys and girls who read it, will someday become “Ghosts of Kingdom Come”! ~ Father Gerald

Written by the author of and a similar style as the “Angel Food” series of books, this volume is a series of delightful stories for children – each with a moral – woven inside the story of a ghostly visitor to a priest visiting an old castle for rest.

 

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Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson – Free Catholic Audiobook

“Mr. Benson sees the world, four or five generations hence, free at last from all minor quarrels, and ranged against itself in two camps, Humanitarianism for those who believe in no divinity but that of man, Catholicism for those who believe in no divinity but that of God.”

This apocalyptic novel from the early 1900’s is sometimes deemed one of the first modern dystopias. (Summary from an original London Times review and Wikipedia)

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The Holy Rosary: Remedy Against Modern Evils – Free Catholic Audiobook

Increase your devotion to the Holy Rosary by listening to these Papal Encyclicals detailing how the Rosary is a heavenly remedy to various modern evils by Pope Leo XIII, who is called the Rosary Pope for his intense devotion and promotion to the Rosary.

Pope Leo XIII wrote eleven encyclicals on the Holy Rosary as Pope during his reign from 1878-1903.  His promoted the Rosary in many ways: he dedicated the entire month of October to the Holy Rosary, in 1883 he instituted the Feast of Queen of the Holy Rosary, he pushed for establishment of Rosary Confraternities, endowed the Rosary with indulgences, and pushed orders such as the secular Franciscans to the daily recitation of the rosary to be part of their prayer rule.

Alleluia Audiobooks has selected three of his encyclicals: LAETITIAE SANCTAE, ADIUTRICEM, IUCUNDA SEMPER EXPECTATIONE, on the Holy Rosary for our Catholic Audiobook: The Holy Rosary Remedy for Modern Evils.  Latitiae sanctae discuss the rosary as a remedy for the three evils afflicting modern man: A Hatred for a Humble Life, A disdain for all suffering, forgetfulness of the future life. Adiutricem discusses the Rosary as a means of Christian unity throughout the whole world and a great hope for the reunion of those who have come estranged from the Church through schism.  Iucunda Semper Expectatione discusses the great hope that we should have in our Blessed Mother Mary, mediatrix of grace.

We hope that you find this Audiobook helpful to your devotion to the Holy Rosary and encourages you to use this weapon of heaven as an effective remedy against all the world, the flesh and the devil.

 

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Lepanto by G.K. Chesterton – Free Audiobook

Lepanto is a famous poem by G.K. Chesterton about the Battle of Lepanto. It is a rousing martial ballad which tells of the defeat of the Ottoman fleet of Ali Pasha by the Christian crusader, Don Juan of Austria. (From Wikipedia)

 

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The Story of a Soul by Saint Therese of Lisieux – Free Catholic Audiobook

Marie Francoise Therese Martin, affectionately known as ‘The Little Flower’, was born on January 2, 1873, in Alencon, France to Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin. She was the youngest and one of five surviving sisters of the nine Martin children. When Therese was 3, her mother died. Louis Martin moved his family to Lisieux to be closer to his late wife’s brother and his family. It was there that Therese’s sister, Pauline, entered the Carmel at Lisieux on October 2, 1882. Therese at that time also heard the Divine Call to religious life. Therese entered the Carmel on April 9, 1888, after much oppostion to her entering at the age of 15. It was there that she wrote L’Histoire d’une Ame (The Story of a Soul) through obedience. Eventually, Therese’s other sisters entered the religious life, one at the Carmel of Lisieux and the other became a Poor Clare at the Visitation Convent at Caen. Therese died on September 30, 1897, at the Carmel of Lisieux of tuberculosis. She was beatified on April 29, 1923 and canonized on May 17, 1925. (Summary written by Ann Boulais.)

In 1901 “The Story of a Soul” was translated into English, and in 1912 another translation, the first complete edition of the life of the Servant of God, containing the autobiography, “Letters and Spiritual Counsels”, was published.

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The Torments of Hell – Free Catholic Audiobook

Learn in detail about the fire of hell, the hunger, thirst, vile odors, confinement, the devils, demons, lost souls, pain of conscience and its eternal duration using the Holy Bible, the Fathers and Saints as your guides. After listening to this Audiobook we hope that you will make every effort, strain every nerve, undergo every suffering, make every sacrifice in this life, that you may escape the horrible fate of those who fall victims, through their own fault, to the divine justice! No pain is too great, no sacrifice is too dear, when there is question of avoiding eternal torments.

He who does not go down into hell while he is alive, runs a great risk of going there after he is dead.” St Philip Neri

 

Sources

Cochem, Martin VAN, OSFC. The Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Hell, Heaven. New York: Benziger Brothers 1899 Nihl Obstat: Thomas Kinkead. Imprimateur: Micheal Augustine Archbishop of New York 1899.

All of these writings have been published before 1923 and are in the public domain.

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