Father Gerard, that the custom of having thirty masses said for the dead is also widely spread in Italy and other Christian countries. These Masses are called the Thirty Masses of St. Gregory, because the pious custom seems to trace its origin back to this great Pope. It is thus related in his Dialogues (Book 4, chap. 40): A Religious, named Justus, had received and kept for himself three gold pieces. This was a grievous fault against his vow of poverty. He was discovered and excommunicated. This salutary penalty made him enter into himself, and some time afterwards he died in true sentiments of repentance. Nevertheless, St. Gregory, in order to inspire the brethren with a lively horror of the sin of avarice in a Religious, did not withdraw the sentence of excommunication: Justus was buried apart from the other monks, and the three pieces of money were thrown into the grave, whilst the Religious repeated all together the words of St. Peter to Simon the Magician, Pecunia tua tecum sit in perditionem—“Keep thy money to perish with thee.” Sometime afterwards, the holy Abbot, judging that the scandal was sufficiently repaired, and moved with compassion for the soul of Justus, called the Procurator and said to him sorrowfully, “Ever since the moment of his death, our brother has been tortured in the flames of Purgatory; we must through charity make an effort to deliver him. Go, then, and take care that from this time forward the Holy Sacrifice is offered for thirty days; let not one morning pass without the Victim of Salvation being offered up for his release.” The Procurator obeyed punctually.
Malachi, Chapter 3, verse 19-21 19 For the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble,...
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Sunday, November 6, 2016
That we may be delivered from perverse and wicked people, for not all have faith
Sunday Focus: That the Church, mixed with good and bad (as in the Parable of the Sower), prays that "wavering hearts" may be guided by God.
Acts, Chapter 13, Verse 7-8
7 He was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who had summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the magician (for that is what his name means) opposed them in an attempt to turn the proconsul away from the faith.
We still have many a magicians today that attempt to distort the faith expressed by the apostles in their creed and expound in the preamble of the constitution of the United States that Life must be protected; it is number 1. That liberty must be protected but it is number 2. Those individual pursuits of happiness (wealth) are protected and it is number 3. It can be in no other order and those that try and change to order as God ordained are the magicians of our time.
Tonight you may want to pray for our nation and go to bed a little earlier.
Daylight Saving Time Ends
The first Sunday in November marks the end of Daylight Savings Time in the US. On this day, clocks are set back 1 hour, except for Hawaii and parts of Arizona which do not observe DST.
Daylight Saving Time Ends Facts
In 2016, DST falls on the 6th of November. The dates for DST to begin and end were set forth by the US Congress in the Energy Act of 2005. Arizona, Hawaii, and four US territories (Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) do not observe Daylight Savings Time. Research suggest that daylight savings time is related to a rise in heart attacks, while the end of daylight savings time saw a slight decrease the first three days after the time change.
Daylight Saving Time Ends Top Events and Things to Do
· Replace the batteries on smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.
· Put the emergency winter kit back in the vehicle.
· Begin preparing for the coming holidays.
· Make sure outdoor lights are in working order.
· Put reflectors on bikes so that vehicles can more easily see you as it gets dark earlier.
Schouppe S.J., Rev. Fr. F. X.. Purgatory Explained (with Supplemental Reading: What Will Hell Be Like?)
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