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From Scott P. Richert, your Guide to Catholicism

As Catholics in the United States prepare to celebrate next week our national holiday of Thanksgiving, our thoughts naturally turn to family and loved ones, and, in a special way, to those who have gone before us.

Family Is Forever

It’s always seemed appropriate to me that Thanksgiving Day falls in November, the month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Among the things we should be most thankful for is the gift of faith, and, for most of us, that gift was transmitted to us by our parents. If they have passed into eternal life, we should remember them in a special way this month. Read more…

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Reader Question: Will We Know Our Loved Ones in Heaven?

We offer up our little sufferings and trials throughout the day to lessen the sufferings of our loved ones in Purgatory and help them to enter fully into Heaven. And we do so in the assurance that they, in turn, will pray for us in our struggles here on earth. That’s what the Communion of Saints is all about–and how we know that we will know our loved ones in Heaven. Read more…

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Preparing for Thanksgiving

When we talk about “preparing for Thanksgiving,” we usually mean buying the turkey, cutting up the bread for stuffing, and baking a pecan pie or a pumpkin pie (or both). Even though Thanksgiving is an 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.

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Prayer to the Sacred Heart by Saint Gertrude the Great

Today is the Feast of Saint Gertrude the Great, whose mystical experiences and spiritual writings contributed to the establishment of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In this Prayer to the Sacred Heart, written by Saint Gertrude, we ask Jesus to conform our hearts to His and our will to His will.

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