About Abby

+JMJ+ Mentioned Abby in my last post but forgot to explain, in case you’re new to following me or haven’t seen other posts or tweets where I’ve mentioned her, just who she was, so I’ll do that now.

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A Brief Thanksgiving Interlude

Tonight, A Brief Thanksgiving Interlude on Catholic Heart and Mind. The Weekly Series on the Soul will return next week.

+JMJ+ I hope you’ve been having a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day. And if you’re in a part of the world where this holiday of thankfulness isn’t celebrated, I hope you’ve had a happy and blessed day, anyway. 

My day has been quiet. Resting my eyes, thinking, more sleeping than I wish I had done but I needed it. Fed Miss Lucy Dawg, Major Tom Cat, the Opossum family members who have begun to stop by daily for a snack on their way home from wherever they spend their time. It’s a good thing I stocked up on catfood. They seem to enjoy the flavors that he thinks are “meh.” (That’s what he said. Not “meow” but “meh.”) Of course, once I started filling their bowls with the food he didn’t like, he started eating it with relish. (Well, not with relish, I mean, just—Oh, never mind.)

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Speaking of art

+JMJ+ I’ve been going through my collection to select artwork for the Rosary books (edit Nov. 24: I should have said ebooks, though I may do a printed run at some point), and I’ve got enough for a gazillion books. Well, maybe not a gazillion. Maybe just a million. But it beats trying to format the text and all that. Aaaaaa! My eyes! My brain! ;) Speaking of art, I was taking a break from all the close up work (and tiny fonts!) to watch a video of Thomas Mirus, host of the CatholicCulture podcast, and Dr. Elizabeth Lev, my favorite art historian, discussing St. Anthony, the Abbot (or the Egyptian, or the Great, he’s known by different names) and the way he’s represented in the iconography and art of East and West. And a lot more besides. And I’m fascinated. 

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 45 – Quo Vadis?

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 45 of our weekly series on the soul. I’ve been working on the Rosary ebooks project, and have spent so much time at the computer that I’ve had to rest my eyes today. They’re not only dry, they hurt. So this may be the shortest post in the series tonight because I’m just going to share a video with you, one that I find to be downright prophetic. I’ll close my eyes and listen to it with you. And I hope to be back with you soon.

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A question re arranging the Rosary ebooks

A few days later (Nov 21, 2020): Turns out it wasn’t such a stupid question after all, because the software I was thinking of using to format the ebooks doesn’t recognize internal links, so I will actually have to put the prayers in each place you might want to use them to keep you from having to go back and forth. Live and learn. And I’ve got lots of learning to do! :P

Later that same night: Never mind. Next time I’ll sleep on it before I post a question. Because as soon as I stopped thinking about it I realized that I didn’t have to do it either of the ways I asked about. All I have to do is put the prayers in once and then link to them every place you would need them. Oy! Amazing what the little brain cells can do if only I let them. ;)

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Rosary Project 3.0 in the works

+JMJ+ You may have wondered, if you’ve wandered through the Rosary Project pages on the blog, what that other phase was that I’ve mentioned here and there for a few moons (maybe more than a few). I’ve been pondering, too, of what that phase might consist. Well, wonder no more because, by golly, I think I’ve got it! 

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 44

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 44 of our weekly series on the soul. Tonight, I’m not talking about a book, though I will link to one in the notes, and also to a video of a brief interview with the author. Politics has been much on everyone’s mind these days, including mine. And religion is always on my mind. So tonight I want to pose a question and offer some thoughts. My views will, of course, have been influenced by others, by what I’ve read or watched, et cetera, but these are my own thoughts, and if I go wrong it’s entirely my own fault.

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God bless our Veterans!

Respect and gratitude from me to all veterans who have served or are serving our beloved country. Thank you, veterans, whoever and wherever you are, for your service, your courage, honor, and sacrifice. God bless you and God bless America!

St. Martin of Tours, pray for us. Pray for our veterans!


Notes and Links

Image: St. Martin of Tours cutting his cloak in half to share with a beggar, painting by Anthony Van Dyck. St. Martin is the patron saint of soldiers. See more artwork depicting St. Martin of Tours and read about him at this marvelous art site.

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From my heart and mind to yours

+JMJ+ Family: I know the election is on everybody’s mind. I wrote another post for tonight, but I’ll save it for later. I want to say a few words to you right now, from my heart and mind to yours.

Don’t give up. Persevere! 

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 43 – Material, Immaterial or Both?

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 43 of our weekly series on the soul. I may stop this series at part 50 so I can focus on another series. So let’s dig into the book, Body, Soul, and Life Everlasting. We talked about the Hebrew words and concepts of nephesh and ruach last time. They make an appearance this week, too, as Dr. Cooper reminds us that ancient Hebrew anthropology is not exactly the same as our modern anthropology, or exactly like the ancient Christian one, either. And we have to watch out so that we are not guilty of reading notions into the text that simply are not there. I’m going to backtrack a little before going to the next chapter, and let Dr. Cooper talk more about holism, monism and the Old Testament.

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Re-Reading the New Age Series – Part 6

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 6 of the continuing series, Re-Reading the New Age, wherein I reveal probably more than I should. I’ve been debating whether to continue with the Alice Bailey book, Education in the New Age, or to come back to it later and pick up a different book for now, or to continue with the rambling personal story of how I got into the New Age and back out again, which will include mentions of books. Books helped get me into the New Age (you can see some of the ones that got me into it in the image at the top of this post, NOT the miracles book, that came later and I always thought it was dumb and I still do, more about that later*), and books helped me get out of the New Age. I owe their authors a deep debt of gratitude. And I owe the Lord a profound debt that I can never repay. But then He doesn’t ask me to.

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Remembering the Holy Souls

Remembering and praying for the Holy Souls on All Souls’ Day 2020, especially those who no one to pray for them. May we never forget them. Lord, help us to remember those who long to be with You when their purification is done.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.