"I encourage Catholics to pray fervently for the dead, for their family members and for all our brothers and sisters who have died, that they may obtain the remission of the punishments due to their sins and may hear the Lord's call: 'Come, O my dear soul, to eternal repose in the arms of my goodness, which has prepared eternal delights for you"'.
~ Pope John Paul II

January 12, 2010

Purgatory Reading List (Updated)

Let me be clear. I don't know much. That's the first thing.

Second, a lack of knowledge can be remedied by a little study. To that end, I'd like to put forth a list of publications (online or otherwise) that I am either reading, have recently purchased, have spotted at the library, or otherwise would like to take a look at. Over the course of my blog-lifetime, I would like to break apart each of these sources and see what there is to see. If any readers have suggestions for additional reading material, please leave a comment. I plan to update this post from time to time.

Here we go:
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1020-1065)

  • Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas (ST A.1, A.2)

  • Summa Contra Gentiles by St. Thomas Aquinas (SCG IV)

  • Purgatory Explained by Fr. F.X. Schouppe S.J. (Many thanks to my sister-in-law for this)

  • Thirty-day Devotions for the Holy Souls by Susan Tassone

  • Charity for the Suffering Souls: An Explanation of the Catholic Doctrine of Purgatory by Rev. John A. Nageleisen

  • The Birth of Purgatory by Jacques Le Goff

  • An Unpublished Manuscript on Purgatory by Sister M. de L. C.

  • The revelation of the Monk of Eynsham by Adam of Eynsham

  • The supplication of Souls by St. Thomas More

  • The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great by St. Gertrude

  • Treatise on Pugatory by St. Catherine of Genoa [NB: known as the Apostle of Purgatory... oops]

  • The Legacy of Purgatory: The Continuing English Eschatological Controversy by Chase Machen (Thesis)

  • Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri (for illustrative purposes)

  • Life of St Lidwina by Johannes Brugman and Thomas a' Kempis

  • Stories About Purgatory And What They Reveal Compiled from Traditional Sources

  • On purgatory by St. Robert Bellarmine [I'm having an IMPOSSIBLE time finding the majority of his works in English]

  • Father Paul of Moll by Edward van Speybrouck

  • How to Avoid Purgatory by Fr. Paul O'Sullivan, O.P.

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