Wednesday, November 01, 2006



DailyHomily is back! I just got back from my vacation to the
Philippines. ~Fr. Rick

NOVEMBER 2, 2006

ISAIAH 25:6, 7-9
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples. On
this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, The
web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever.
The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces; The reproach
of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the LORD has
spoken. On that day it will be said: "Behold our God, to whom we
looked to save us! This is the LORD for whom we looked; let us
rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!"

JOHN 11:17-27
When Jesus arrived in Bethany, he found that Lazarus had already
been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only
about two miles away. And many of the Jews had come to Martha and
Mary to comfort them about their brother. When Martha heard that
Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha
said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not
have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God
will give you." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise." Martha
said to him, "I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last
day." Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who
believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives
and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to
him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the
Son of God, the one who is coming into the world."

We used to have a strange phrase-it's still in use today-when
speaking of the souls in purgatory. They were always "the poor
souls." Why "poor?" Perhaps because we conceive them as subject to
intense physical pain that was meant to wipe away the punishment
they deserved for the sins they had committed in their lifetime.

Originally, as Sr. Joanmarie Smith, C.S.J., points out, the doctrine
of purgatory did not imply that the soul was to suffer physically in
order to satisfy the "temporal punishment" due to its sins. It was
meant rather to be "an insight into God's compassion and into [his]
infinite desire that [the soul] have the beatific vision forever."
Only during the Middle Ages and only in the west did the Church come
to understand purgatory as a place of punishment. The western
Church came to this understanding perhaps under of the influence of
preachers and artists whose talents were served well by the image of
purgatory's flames that burn but do not consume. In the eastern
Church, Sr. Smith notes "purgatory was always seen as a process of
maturation and spiritual growth. The souls of the just are in the
hands of God and no torment shall touch them."

Today, we sinners on earth call to the saints, who live in God's
presence to come to the aid of the souls in purgatory - those who
long to break free from the earthly shackles that cling to them
still, those who yearn to be embraced fully by God's enveloping

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- Birthday: Wendy Jugueta
- In Memoriam: Alice Sy Tan
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, S.J.
- Birthday: Lucy Chua Ong
- Birthday: Ramona Chua Hwan
- Prayer Intention: Nañagas Family
- In Memoriam (+): Emilio Ang Li
- In Memoriam (+): Manuel S. Lo, Sr.
- for world peace and reconciliation.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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