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Do Guardian Angels Accompany Us After Death?

Do Guardian Angels Accompany Us After Death?

Aleteia has a really interesting article by Fr. Antonio Maria Cardenas, ORC on guardian angels, and what they do after we die:

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (1568–1591) taught that at the moment when the soul leaves the body, it is accompanied and consoled by its guardian angel so that the soul can present itself confidently before the Judgment Seat of God. The angel, according to this saint, presents the merits of Christ so that the soul can find support in them at the moment of its particular judgment. Once the Divine Judge has pronounced his sentence, if the soul is sent to purgatory, it will be visited frequently by its guardian, who will comfort and console it, bringing the prayers that have been offered for it, and assuring the soul of its future liberation.

In this way it is understandable that the help and mission of the guardian angel does not end with the death of those the angels protect. This mission continues until the soul reaches union with God.

Fr. Cardenas has more interesting information about guardian angels over at Aleteia.

Religious Sister to Compete on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

Religious Sister to Compete on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

According to the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago, Sister Alicia of the Franciscans of the Eucharist order will compete on the popular Food Network show Chopped. The episode will air on November 9th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the Food Network.

Chopped is a competition in which four chefs compete against each other to win a cash prize and the challenge is to take a basket full of mystery ingredients and turn them into a dish within a very short time frame. The episode in which Sr. Alicia will compete is called “Thanksgiving Soup-er Stars.” According to Food Network:

All four chefs in this special Thanksgiving competition dedicate their time and talents to soup kitchens. In the first round, the chefs each come up with distinctive appetizer concepts in response to the typical Thanksgiving leftovers found in the baskets. Then in the entree round, the remaining chefs are surprised to see a theme emerging with the baskets. And an ice cream cake and a starchy candy are two of the perplexing items to be dealt with in the final round.

The judges of the episode are celebrity chefs Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, and Aarón Sánchez.

(Photo credit: Spirit Juice Studios)

Making Marriage Work

Making Marriage Work

With Pope Francis’ visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last month and the Synod on the Family that took place in Rome this month, there has been lots of talk about the importance of marriage and family. For those who are married, thinking about marriage, or struggling in their marriage, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a great online initiative called For Your Marriage that provides resources, support, and helpful articles about Catholic marriage.

One of their articles outlines the key components of what makes a marriage work. With so much talk recently about the need to strengthen marriage, this is a timely reminder to read and share:


What is the one indispensable ingredient for making marriages work? Family life educators usually answer: communication. This is good news, because effective communication can be learned. Skills such as active listening, using “I” statements, paying attention to my feelings and those of my spouse, and learning tips for “fighting fair” make marriage easier. Some couples use these skills intuitively because they saw them modeled in their own upbringing. Others can learn them through classes, workshops and reading.

Of course, the hardest part of communicating usually comes when there is disagreement between the two of you.

Commitment and Common Values

Some ingredients, if missing, can doom a relationship from the start. Two primary ones are commitment and common values.

Commitment bonds a couple together when you are tired, annoyed, or angry with each other. Sometimes, remembering your vows can prompt you to push past these problems and try to forgive and start again.

Common values are important. If you aren’t together on basic values such as children, honesty, fidelity, and putting family before work, no amount of learning or effort of the will can resolve the conflict. For example, constant tension will result if one spouse wants to live simply while the other wants life’s luxuries.

Read the rest at For Your Marriage.