Mary, Mother of God
When you are in sin, you live a life of duplicity (two-faced). Perhaps you are addicted to certain sins and don't want to change. But when you go to confession, you receive the graces necessary to change.
Bishop Guglielmone offered Sunday Vigil Mass. The readings were on Maccabees and on the Resurrection.
Life after death: Life doesn't end but merely changes. After death, there are two possibilities. (1) Total union with God, in perfect harmony, which we call Heaven or (2) total absence of God, which we understand as hell.
Since many of us are not ready to be in total union with God, we have purgatory. But it is on the road to heaven.
What is necessary? Love God above all things. How can you achieve total intimacy with God in heaven without having practice here on earth? Love your neighbor as yourself. How? At the end of Matthew's Gospel we have the answer. "Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you did to me." To love is to will the good of the other. And the family is where we learn to love. People who cannot see Jesus in a baby or the elderly are in danger of killing them because they are an inconvenience, or because they are not productive. And this is exactly what is happening in our culture. We must allow God to change our hearts.
This was the weekend before the election and it was such a blessing to have our Catholic faith strengthened. If only we could be like Poland and proclaim Christ as King!