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HOW TO AVOID PURGATORY By Fr Paul O’Sullivan O.P.

HOW TO AVOID PURGATORY By Fr. Paul O’Sullivan O.P.

For those who have not read this little book and to refresh myself, I will be posting the entire book in daily doses.  (To read later find in the Purgatory Category).

Chapter 2

HOW CAN WE AVOID PURGATORY?

The reason why we have to pass through Purgatory after death is that we
have committed sins and have not made satisfaction for them.    Every
individual sin must be expiated–in this life or the next!    Not even the
slightest shadow of sin or evil can enter the all-holy presence of God.

The graver, the more frequent the sins, the longer will be the period of
expiation and the more intense the pain.

It is not God’s fault, nor God’s wish, that we go to Purgatory! The fault
is all our own.

We have sinned and have not made satisfaction.

Even after our sin, God, in His infinite goodness, places at our disposal
many easy and efficacious means by which we may considerably lessen our
term of expiation, or even entirely cancel it.

Most Christians, with incomprehensible rashness, neglect these means and so
have to pay their debts in the dreadful prison house of Purgatory.

We will briefly enumerate some of the principal means by which we can avoid
Purgatory-or at least lessen its severity and duration.

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Posted in MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 19 February

Thought for the Day – 19 February

Disaster does not always have to be the ruin of everything and very terrible blows of bad fortune can lead to great blessings.   St Conrad of Piacenza’s bad fortune made him reflect on his own way of life.   A man was almost executed through his neglect and he realised that God deserved better, in fact God deserved the very best of him.   The rest is the story of a man who made way for the Holy Spirit, who cleared the path for His entry and thus found his joy in God and became a delightful friend to all, a conduit of love and miracles.   It is a lesson to be pondered.

St Conrad of Piacenza, Pray for us!

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Posted in CATHOLIC Quotes, MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Quote of the Day – 19 February

Quote of the Day – 19 February

Making a path for the Holy Spirit

Conversion has two elements for its completion.
First, we need to rid ourselves of the things that hinder gospel living. That includes not only “stuff” but also habits, attitudes, mindsets, lifestyles etc. that hinder hearing and living the Gospel.
Secondly, conversion calls us to commit our lives to Jesus and His gospel call.
It calls for practising charity, having hope, learning how to love all people.
If we only clean out our lives, we create a vacuum into which all sorts of things can enter (cf. Luke 11:24-26).
Our inner housecleaning ordinarily should open a path for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.

~ Lester Bach OFM Cap, Seeking a Gospel Life

Today’s Saint of the Day, St Conrad of Piacenza is a perfect example of making the path!   St Conrad Pray for us!

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Posted in MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 19 February

One Minute Reflection – 19 February

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain…….1 Cor 15:58

REFLECTION – “Keep a clear eye toward life’s end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God’s creature. What you are in His sight is what you are
and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received…but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.”…………St Francis of Assisi

PRAYER – God of mercy, teach me to live as You have ordained. Help me to follow Your commandments with courage and steadfast devotion. As St Conrad learnt courage through adversity, help me too to use the events of my life, both good and bad, to give only my best to all I meet. St Conrad of Piacenza, pray for us, amen.

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Posted in MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Our Morning Offering – 19 February

Our Morning Offering – 19 February

Prayer for Enlightenment

Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God,
grant us in our misery the grace to do for You alone
what we know You want us to do
and always to desire what pleases You.
Thus, inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened
and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit,
may we be able to follow in the footprints of
Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
And, by Your grace alone, may we make our way to You,
Most High, Who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity
and are glorified God all-powerful forever and ever.
Amen.

(From “A Letter to the Entire Order”)

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Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 19 February –

Saint of the Day – 19 February – ST CONRAD OF PIACENZA T.O.S.F – (1290-1351) –
Franciscan tertiary, pilgrim and hermit – Patron of cure of hernias, Cities and Diocese of Noto and Calendasco, Sicily

Born to one of the most noble and wealthy families in the town of Piacenza in Northen Italy, Conrad grew up in a lifestyle marked by privilege and leisure.    Among his family and peers, however, he was also noted for deep faith in the Lord, and led a virtuous and God-fearing life.    Having married quite young, both he and his wife were recognized for their piety and charity.

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The Church of Calendasco with the castle where St. Conrad was born in the background (left)

As was common in noble families at that time, Saint Conrad spent much of his time hunting.   During one such outing, he ordered his attendants to scatter some brush and light it on fire in attempts to smoke out some game hiding there.    Without warning, a great wind arose, and mercilessly spread the fire beyond that planned, causing severe damage to neighbours’ homes and land.    Authorities mistakenly arrested a mendicant friar living in the area and the man was tried and sentenced to death.

Both Conrad and his wife, seeing the injustice and unable to stand their role in it, agreed to confess.    As the friar was being led to execution, Saint Conrad made a public confession of the crime.    He sold all his possessions, giving them away to those who had lost property. Now desitute, he and his wife separated, Saint Conrad entering a monastery of the Franciscan Order and his wife entering the Orde of Poor Clares.

Saint Conrad spent the remainder of his life in Rome, and then in Sicily, living a life of repentance, penance and austerity.    As news of his piety and holiness spread, he received many visitors which forced him to relocate numerous times, preferring the solitude of penitence.    He fled to the valley of Noto, Italy, where he lived as a hermit for 36 years. During his hermitude, he lived a life of extreme austerity, sleeping on the bare ground with a stone for pillow and with dry bread and raw herbs for food.

Numerous miracles have been attributed to him while he lived and subsequently at his tomb in Noto, Italy.    Holy legend records, for example, that when the Bishop of Syracuse visited him, the he asked Saint Conrad if he had anything to offer guests.    Conrad said he would check in his cell and returned moments later carrying newly baked bread and cakes, which the bishop accepted as a miracle.    Saint Conrad was also reported to have traveled surrounded by a cloud of fluttering birds, keeping him company.

Conrad is especially invoked for the cure of hernia. This comes from miracles attributed to him.    He was visited at his hermitage by a former friend and companion in arms, Antonio da Stessa, from Daverio.    His friend was suffering from the pain of a hernia he had developed.    Seeing the pain his old comrade was suffering, Conrad was moved to pity and prayed for him.    Stessa was immediately cured of the hernia.   The same outcome was accomplished for a local tailor, who suffered severely from several hernias.

The miracle for which Conrad is best known is the “Miracle of the Bread”.    This developed during the aforementioned famine which afflicted Sicily as a result of a severe outbreak of the bubonic plague on the island during 1348-49.    During that catastrophe, anyone who approached the hermit for help was given a loaf of bread, still warm, which, it was said, he had received from the angels.

Conrad died while praying before a crucifix in 1350, surrounded by a bright light, in the presence of his confessor, who was unaware for some time of his death because of his position.

Shortly after Conrad’s death, his demonstrably holy life and the large number of miracles attributed to him led the leadership of the city to request that the Bishop of Syracuse, to which diocese Noto belonged, begin the process for his canonization.    When the waiting period required by Church law expired in 1485, this process was opened by Bishop Dalmazio Gabriele, O.P., who had himself witnessed the Miracle of the Bread.    As part of the process, Conrad’s body was exhumed for examination and was found to be incorrupt, and placed in a silver urn for the veneration of the public.

Pope Leo X beatified Conrad on 12 July 1515 and permitted the town of Noto to celebrate his feast day.    On 30 October 1544, Pope Paul III extended permission to the whole island.    On 2 June 1625, he was canonised by Cardinal Odoardo Farnese, who was the Duke of Parma and Piacenza in a solemn ceremony at the cathedral of Piacenza, where it was declared an obligatory feast.    On 12 September of that same year, permission was granted to the Franciscan Order by Pope Urban VIII for a distinct text for the Divine Office and Mass to be used for his feast; today it is celebrated solely by the Third Order of St. Francis to which he belonged.   In Vietnam there is a popular devotion to Conrad.

On his feast day, the Parish Church of San Corrado in Noto commemorates him by the distribution of blessed bread.

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Saints – 19 February

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (2017)

Bl Alvarez of Cordova
St Auxibius
St Baoithin
St Barbatus of Benevento
St Beatus
St Belina
St Boniface of Lausanne
St Conon of Alexandria
St Conrad of Piacenza
Bl Elizabeth of Mantua
St Gabinus
St George of Lodeve
Bl Józef Zaplata
St Lucia Yi Zhenmei
St Mansuetus of Milan
St Odran
St Proclus of Bisignano
St Quodvultdeus
St Valerius of Antibes
St Zambdas of Jerusalem

Martyrs of Palestine
Martyrs in North Africa
Julian the Martyr
Marcellus of North Africa
Publius of North Africa