The Angelus: Hope

The last issue of 2016 continues the series on Theological Virtues - this time examining Hope in the topics of Heaven, Limbo, and more.


Who has not heard of Pandora’s box? The Greek legend tells us that Pandora, the first woman created by Zeus, received many gifts—beauty, charm, wit, artistry, and lastly, curiosity. Included with the gifts was a box, which she was told never to open. But curiosity got the best of her. She lifted the lid, and out flew all the evils of the world, such as toil, illness, and despair. But at the bottom of the box lay Hope. Pandora’s last words were “Hope is what makes us strong. It is why we are here. It is what we fight with when all else is lost.”


Excerpt: Letter from the Publisher


Theme: Hope

  • Final Impenitence and Hope: Parallel Scenes in Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio by Andrew J. Clarendon
  • Latins and Greeks on Purgatory by Gabriel S. Sanchez
  • A Reflection on Celebrating Halloween by Beatrice Freccia
  • Nietzsche and Hope by Fr. Jonathan Loop, SSPX
  • Heaven: Where the Morning Lies by Pater Senior

Faith and Morals

  • The Advent Liturgy by Fr. Christopher Danel
  • Hope Amidst Trouble Extracts from E Supremi Apostolatu by St. Pius X



  • The Monster of Thomism by Fr. Dominique Bourmaud, SSPX 
  • Lights of the Church by Fr. Albert, O,P.
  • Never Despair of God’s Mercy by a Benedictine monk

Christian Culture


  • Progress in Sacred Art by Daniel Mitsui
  • See How Hopeless These Christians are . . .  by Dr. John Rao
  • “Thou Shalt Not Lie” by SSPX Sisters
  • Celebrating the Nativity with the Redemptorists by Gabriel S. Sanchez

Questions and Answers 


  • What are the places in the hereafter? Are we talking about states of the souls or of real places?
  • We have often heard of the three first places. What is the meaning of limbo?
  • Does this prove the existence of Limbo?
  • How do the theologians understand the pains of these children
  • Does not the Church grant a funeral Mass for unbaptized infants?
  • Was that ritual change of 1970 the prelude to doctrinal changes in the teaching about Limbo? 
  • What are the underlying implications behind virtually shutting up Limbo?
  • Why is it important to hold on to the teaching of Limbo?

News from Tradition


  • New Vatican Communications Director is an American
  • Earthquake near Norcia, Italy—the Birthplace of St. Benedict
  • Pope Francis Continues the Reorganization of the Roman Curia
  • Burial Crypt in New York’s Old St. Patrick Cathedral Available
  • The Father Abbot and the Cardinal

Theological Studies

The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia: A Theological Critique by 45 Theologians

The Last Word by Fr. Daniel Courture, SSPX 

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