From Scott P. Richert, your Guide to Catholicism
It’s finally beginning to look and feel like November here in Northern Illinois—just in time for Thanksgiving. This is one of my favorite times of year, as we gather with loved ones and recall those who are no longer with us. And there’s something about cold, gray, windy days that makes the memories more bittersweet.
When we talk about “preparing for Thanksgiving,” we usually mean buying the turkey, cutting up the bread for stuffing, and baking a pecan or a pumpkin pie (or both). Even though Thanksgiving is a American national holiday that doesn’t exist in the Catholic calendar, we should still take this opportunity to express our thanks to God for all of the blessings He has bestowed on us. And proper thanksgiving, just like a proper Thanksgiving, requires some preparation.
In response to my announcement of the About.com Catholicism Purgatorial Society, a reader explains why she doesn’t believe in Purgatory and asks for help in understanding what Catholics are supposed to believe.
For most people, exorcism inevitably calls to mind the interesting but flawed movie The Exorcist, but the American bishops are taking the phenomenon of demonic possession more seriously these days. In the Catholicism Forum, Karen posted a link to a New York Times article on a recent conference in Baltimore, to “prepare more priests and bishops to respond to the demand” for exorcisms, which has risen in recent years. What do you think? Is the rising interest in exorcism a passing fad, or does it reflect a growing need? Join the conversation in the forum, and check out these other popular discussions:
I spent most of last week in Charleston, South Carolina, a city well known for an abundance of cemeteries and graveyards. This remarkably well preserved tombstone caught my eye and serves as a reminder of our duty to pray for the dead, especially in this Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
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