Lent: A Time for Truth About Purgatory

03-20-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. Robert McTeigue, SJ

Since I do deserve it, I am glad to go there to satisfy his justice ...What is one of the most famous exchanges in Hollywood history?

“You want answers?” “I want the truth!” “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!”

This exchange in the movie can prompt a reflection on the often-neglected doctrine of Purgatory. At our particular judgment, whether we want it or not, we will receive the truth—and, unless we die as saints ready for Heaven, we can’t handle the truth.

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Why we should take St Joseph as our role model this Lent

03-13-2022Weekly Reflection

Just like Christ's foster father, we can draw strength from the Lord if we deny ourselves worldly pleasures.

Catholics know that 19 March is the Feast of St Joseph. Fewer, perhaps, are aware that the entire month of March is dedicated to the Most Chaste Heart.

That seems a bit odd, doesn’t it? March is dominated by the Lenten fast, which is itself a preparation for Eastertide. According to tradition, Our Lord’s foster-father didn’t live to see his public ministry. In fact, it was necessary that St Joseph pass from this life before Christ could reveal Himself. Only then would Jesus become head of the royal House of David – both God and King by birthright.

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