If someone asked you to explain the Church’s teaching on purgatory, how would you describe it? Perhaps you would mention that purgatory is a place that removes a person’s imperfections and bad habits before reaching heaven. You might mention that people here on earth can pray for the souls in purgatory who are part of the "Church Suffering." These souls suffer flames with love and long for God. But would you also mention that people have the opportunity for purgation here in this life?
Welcome to Luminous Tradition!
Luminous Tradition brings together faithful lay Catholics into a trusting network to discover and develop a practice of meditative reading, self-examination, and prayer in order to strive for spiritual perfection within the Catholic Tradition.
We pray for our members and give prayer a prominent place on the way to spiritual perfection. Some of the most common prayer intentions people have are listed below. Click on the prayer intention that best describes your needs to discover useful prayers and practical tips on cooperating with God for that intention.
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We help strengthen your spiritual life and connect you with others who want to excel on the way of salvation and reach the heights of spiritual perfection. We focus on reading, meditating on and praying about what we read, and then sharing our insights and questions with the community for feedback and shared spiritual benefit. We also pray for each other and maintain a positive, supportive environment as we work our way through topics that aren’t always easy to understand or navigate.
- have a private place of spiritual refuge away from politics and away from the noise that comes with free social media platforms
- follow a monthly theme that focuses the community’s conversation on fundamental areas of the spiritual life (e.g., divine mercy, being merciful, the virtues, indulgences, penance and offering up suffering, living the message of Our Lady of Fatima)
- have companions to go along with on the way of salvation as you strive for spiritual perfection
- examine your life (your decisions, your actions, your thoughts and attitudes) in a prayerful way through questions and articles that prompt you to consider your life in light of Catholic teaching, Scripture, the saints, and experiences and ideas shared by other members
- find energy and peace for your soul
- have a place to share your insights and ask the community for feedback on your questions and insights from spiritual writings that you read (e.g., writings from saints, Church Fathers, Church documents), or provide feedback for others who share and ask questions based on what they read
- find a place in the community where you can share your prayer intentions with other members and let them know when you are praying for them
- make better decisions in your spiritual life about what is most important to you
I recently posted the following question in our community: what is the number one thing you could do today to show mercy toward someone who hurt you? What surprised me was not the answers I read from other members, but my own. I had to think about this question for a minute. Not only was I feeling that the possibilities were restricted by physical distance, like living in different places, but I also wanted to choose something I would actually do; otherwise, the question-and-answer process would be a waste of time.
Suffering is supposed to be redemptive, but we often fail to think of its redemptive nature when we're in the midst of suffering. We concentrate on the physical, emotional, or mental pain, sometimes crumble under the weight of the pain (either physically or spiritually), and ultimately, if the pain continues for long enough, break. St. John of the Cross wisely advises us on how to suffer: In tribulation, immediately draw near to God with trust, and you will receive strength, enlightenment, and instruction.
A few days ago, I learned that a friend of mine passed away. I was devastated when I heard the news, and I didn’t believe it at first. It must have been a mistake, I thought. He was too good to die; the world needs him. Grief is a natural process that all people go through when a loved one passes away. Christians go through the stages of grief. They don’t stop being sad just because they’re Christian.
When I watch penguins on video, I always find them to be awkward, yet debonair. A penguin walking on land is definitely awkward, but a penguin in the water is a sight to behold. The penguin's wings make it look like it’s meant for flight in the air, like other birds, but the wings are actually meant for flight in the water (watch a video of a penguin in the water; it looks like it’s flying).