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God created the world in this order: day and night, sky, earth, sun and moon and stars, fish and birds, and animals and humans.18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19 For all creation awaits with eager expectation for the revelation of the children of God.

This original artwork of the Blessed Virgin Mary is by illustrator Jason Koltuniak, and it is published in the children's book, Saved by the Alphabet.26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”

Advent is a penitential period of approximately four weeks in anticipation of the annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and His Second Coming.24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

Purgatory is represented by fire since it is the final purification process for souls on their way to Heaven.It’s probably safe to say that for most Protestant Christians, there are few doctrines more “Catholic” than Purgatory. Unfortunately, most people’s understanding of Purgatory is fraught with myths and misconceptions. First, here’s how the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes Purgatory:

The Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Purgatory, intercedes for her children who are being purified in Purgatory for the Kingdom of Heaven."So that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold, which, though perishable, is tested by fire..." (1 Peter 1:7) A commonly misunderstood teaching of the Church concerns Purgatory. Purgatory is not a second chance for damned souls to repent. Instead it is a state of cleansing and purification for souls destined for heaven. Also, Purgatory is not a means to earn our way to heaven, but a gift from God preparing us to see Him face to face. Even though not explicitly referred to by name, the Bible does allude to it, especially in terms of purging fire.

November is a special month for Catholics for remembering the dearly departed.Is the Catholic belief in Purgatory in Scripture? Yes. See 2 Samuel 12:13-18: David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord." And Nathan said to David, "The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child that is born to you shall die."

Purgatory is very biblical, and there are many vivid scriptural references to Purgatory.25 Descriptive and Clear Bible Passages about Purgatory -- Psalm 66:12 (RSV) "Thou didst let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet thou hast brought us forth to a spacious place." This verse was considered a proof of purgatory by Origen and Saint Ambrose, who posits the water of baptism and the fire of purgatory.

The saving words of the Gospel was preached by Jesus Christ to the dead or the spirits in prison, as explained in the First Letter of Saint Peter.November is traditionally remembered as the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and on Friday, November 2, we observe All Souls’ Day. It is important, however, to pray throughout the year for our dearly departed loved ones so they may achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification. In reference to a cleansing fire, for example, we read in the First Letter to the Corinthians 3:15, “If someone’s work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire.”

Father Ignatius "Feddy" Himawan is a Catholic priest from Indonesia in the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Holy Family.Rev. Feddy Himawan, M.S.F. is a priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Family from the Java Province of Indonesia. He served as pastor of Holy Family Parish in New Braunfels, Texas for over nine years. In June 2018, he returned to his home province in Indonesia. He is greatly missed! It is our hope that he will work with us again in the North American Province sometime in the future. For the Messenger and for World Mission Sunday, he answered some questions about his fascinating life.

Madonna of the Book is a famous painting by Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, dating back to 1480 A.D.7 I prayed and prudence was given me; I pleaded and the spirit of Wisdom came to me. 8 I preferred her to scepter and throne, and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her, 9 nor did I liken any priceless gem to her; because all gold, in view of her, is a bit of sand, and before her, silver is to be accounted mire. 10 Beyond health and beauty I loved her, and I chose to have her rather than the light, because her radiance never ceases.