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Solace for the Souls in Purgatory

Hello TIA,

I have a friend who sprinkles holy water on the grave of her husband. I asked our parish priest but he did not know anything about this custom and said it was pious, but probably did not do anything for soul.

I am wondering if holy water sprinkled on the graves of souls who are in Purgatory offers them any relief in that place of suffering?

     In Jesus, Mary and Joseph,


TIA responds:

Hello J.B.,

In his book Explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass  Fr. Martin Cocham says this about the pious custom you asked about:

"The suffering souls also experience a great alleviation when the graves are incensed and sprinkled with holy water. The holy water does indeed only materially moisten the earth, but in its beneficent virtue it refreshes the souls in Purgatory, just as the waters of Baptism falling on the head of the infant have power to cleanse his soul.

"Therefore see that you frequently sprinkle the last resting-places of your friends with holy water, but thereby you will allay the heat of the flames that torture them." (NY Benzinger Bros, 1896, p. 277)


     TIA correspondence desk


Fashion & Clothing


I've read a couple of Marian T. Horvat's articles on fashion and clothing, and I found them quite insightful. Are there any books that delve more into the history of certain clothing and principles of fashion that are similar to the articles she's written?



Dr. Horvat responds:

Hello K.K.,

Thank you for your kind remarks about my articles.

We have on our website a page dedicate to the topics you like, Manners, Customs, Clothing, as well as a CD on the Revolution in Clothing that you might like.

The book in English that addresses the history of women's dress is Dressing with Dignity by Colleen Hammond.

Hopefully someday Judith Mead, who collaborates with me on books in the Family Series and I will write a book on Fashion to counter the modern vulgar and egalitarian trends.


     Marian T. Horvat, Ph.D.


Francis Denies the Four Last Things

Dear TIA,

First, we had a long silence of the post-Vatican II Church regarding Hell, Purgatory and Heaven.

Then, John Paul II came out saying that Heaven and Hell are not physical places, but states of mind.

Next, Benedict XVI said Limbo does not exist and in a book said that Heaven is not a physical place.

Now, we have Francis who denies the four last things altogether. Read here.

I don’t know what else is necessary to be convinced that we are living the Great Apostasy.

     Fr. P.A.


Sacred Heart Image


I would like to have a Sacred Heart Image like the one in the article “Honoring Pictures of the Sacred Heart” by Fr. George Tickell, S.J. The frame is lovely, it is this image of Christ that I wish to have in my home.

Where can I find it to frame and hang?

I have looked online but have been unsuccessful.

     Thank you.


TIA responds:


We found the image you mentioned on the Lepanto site here in a high resolution photo.

You may check with the editor of that site whether you can print that photo to hang and honor in your home.


     TIA correspondence desk


Luther's Trick-or-Treat

Dear TIA,

Here is my take on Luther.


A meme about Luther posting his theses on Halloween


Ecumenical Mass


Check this new report. It confirms some tips you gave some time ago.

P.H., Brazil

Yes, the Secret Works on an “Ecumenical Mass” Are Underway

Vaticanista Marco Tosatti has confirmed the existence of a secret committee reporting directly to Pope Francis that is working on an “Ecumenical Mass,” a liturgy designed to unite Catholics and Protestants around the altar.

Writing on firstthings.com Tosatti states that the [modernist] Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Archbishop Arthur Roche, and the Undersecretary, Monsignor Corrado Maggioni, are involved. The [Catholic] prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal Robert Sarah, has not even been officially informed of the committee’s existence.

Others involved in the secret project are [modernist] Archbishop Piero Marini and a [modernist] lay liturgist, Andrea Grillo, an ardent follower of Pope Francis.

Original here


Inviting Protestants to Communion


I read on the blog OnePeterFive about this ecumenical initiative of Catholics in Germany. It is another pretext to meet Protestants, duly approved by the Conciliar Church.

It brought to my mind a comment of St. Pius V about Catholics in Germany. He reportedly said that “the best Catholics in Germany are half-Protestants.” Today, I believe that he could go further by saying that “the average Catholic is more Protestant than the average Protestant.”

Read below, please.

Keep up the good work.

     In Jesus through Mary,


"Together Around the Table":
German Catholic Initiative Invites Protestants to Communion

Catholics invite Protestants to Communion

About 2000 guests were guests at the160 tables, which were covered with bread, wine and juice. (Image source: Schwaebische.de; Photo by Felix Kästle)

It was supposed to be a symbolic gesture. But the “symbol” did not end there: An invitation from Catholic priests to Protestants to take part in Holy Mass and receive the Eucharist was paraded as the main message to overcome the “separation” that had endured since the reformation.

Father Hermann Riedle, Catholic priest and pastor of Ravensburg, supported this initiative. The organizers explicitly make reference to the fact that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, in 2005, had given Holy Communion at the funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II to Roger Schütz, the Protestant founder of the Taizé Community.

Read more here.


Europe Moving Right


The elections of Austria show a new tendency in Europe to throw out the parties of the Establishment and bring to the stage new political forces that are tired of the old socialist pranks and upset with the Muslim invasion of Europe under the label of immigration.

It is something similar to what happened here in the U.S. with the election of Trump.

     In Christ Jesus,

Middle Europe turns its back on the EU

In the Oct. 15 Austrian elections, the 31-year-old head of the conservative Austrian People’s Party took his formerly languishing party to victory and secured the chancellorship for himself. Sebastian Kurz is on course to be the youngest leader in the developed world. His first big decision will be whether or not to form a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party, which came in a virtual tie for second place with the center-left Social Democrats.

Read more here.


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Posted October 31, 2017

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