Book of the Month – May 2021 – A Journey – Part 3

+JMJ+ A note on the writing. I’m writing a book And working my way into the writing, which is what this experiment is, a journey into the writing. So the journey in the title refers both to the story itself and to my writing my way toward the story.

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Book of the Month – May 2021 – A Journey – Part 2

+JMJ+ A note on the writing. I’m writing a book And working my way into the writing, which is what this experiment is, a journey into the writing. So the journey in the title refers both to the story itself and to my writing my way toward the story.

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Uniting around the world to pray the Rosary to end the pandemic

Madonna of the Rosary, by Guido Reni

Pope Francis has asked the faithful to unite in prayer every day during May to pray the Rosary to end the pandemic. (I found out today, May 3rd.)

“Guided by the Shrines around the world, all the faithful during the month of May unite in the recitation of the Holy Rosary to ask for the end of the pandemic and the resumption of social and work activities.”

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Book of the Month – May 2021 – A Journey – Part 1

+JMJ+ Our Catholic Book of the Month for May is something a little different this time, something you can’t buy. Not yet, anyway. I’m working on a couple of books. One of them is a Rosary book, the other is a work of fiction based on the Gospels and some other sources. What follows here is a little exploration in imagination (and more of a vignette than a story at this point) that came to me when I sat down to write tonight’s post. I invite you to take a walk with me through the Gospels, at least part of them, in this month of May, the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I don’t know where we’re going, I only have a glimmer of an idea at this point. We’ll see what happens and where we end up. It will be a surprise for you and for me. Join me on the journey, won’t you? And remember, this is a draft for a draft for a draft for a draft, and is likely to change a LOT before it gets published as an ebook. It’ll have to! ;) Proceed at your own risk. You have been warned. ;)

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Abide in the Vine

+JMJ+ I was watching a video (linked below) by Dr. Brant Pitre about the parable of the vine and branches in John 15, how we have to abide in the vine if we are to have any life in us, if we are to bear fruit, and if God is to work in us the way He wants to. Those who do not remain in the vine are cut off, and then wither and die since they have cut themselves off from the source of life, and they are cast into the fire and burned. It’s a familiar parable, I’ve heard it countless times. You probably have, too. But this time I noticed something different and I want to share with you.

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Book of the Month, April 2021 – Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls – Part 3 

+JMJ+ Welcome to our Catholic Book of the Month series for April 2021, featuring Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, by Dr. John Bergsma. This week we’ve got two videos by Dr. Bergsma, one with a PDF handout, and a bonus video of a short talk by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, filmed on location at Qumran.

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A brief overview of the New Testament Part 2

+JMJ+ I enjoyed working up last week’s post (Dr Bergsma’s overview of the New Testament) so much, I’m going to share part 2 of his presentation with you tonight, covering the Gospel of Matthew, and using the same memory devices—stick figures—that he used last time. The text will be quoted or paraphrased from the video unless otherwise noted. None of the following is original, I’m taking it all from his video.

Last week’s post

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Right before my very eyes

Right before my very eyes, poof! The Thursday night post just turned itself into the Friday afternoon post. It’s a miracle!

Well, not quite a miracle. I’ve been fighting off a cold and a headache and it’s been a losing battle. I’m halfway through the post, well, almost. So I’ll finish it and post it tomorrow. I sincerely apologize for having to do that, but there’s no way I can finish it tonight.

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A stray update

+JMJ+ Thank you to everyone who prayed for him and has asked for an update on Major Tom (aka Tom Cat, aka Major Tom Cat Jones). Turns out it was not a BB gun wound after all. Seems something bit him and it had abcessed. I knew he was a fighter (he’s scrappy and he wins, he doesn’t back down, I had to break up one of his fights), but I didn’t know about this wound. It’s not as if I can scoop him up and inspect him the way I can Miss Lucy Dawg. She said he’s been well-behaved for them and has let them handle him. (Edit: The vet said that, not Miss Lucy Dawg. Oy.) Color me amazed. We’ll see how he does for me when he comes home tomorrow.

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More Stray Thoughts

Had an adventure today. I’ve written before here about a stray cat who decided to live on my deck. Major Tomcat has been living on the deck and the backyard and nearby for about a year, probably over a year. As of today he is officially mine. He’s at the vet, getting a physical, getting fixed (hopefully that will cut down on his roaming, but who knows), and getting his microchip and I will officially be his owner. 

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A brief overview of the New Testament

+JMJ+ In this post: a brief overview of the New Testament with handy tips and drawings by Dr. John Bergsma. And even if they are stick figures, they’re a whole lot better than what I can do. I’ll give you the video and then some screenshots that will help you get the idea planted in your mind. Drawing these yourself would help even more. I’m gonna try it later tonight, too, after I dig out a sheet of paper and a pencil. (The Story of Salvation series begins again after Pentecost.)

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Book of the Month, April 2021 – Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls – Part 2

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 2 of our Catholic Book of the Month series, featuring Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, by Dr. John Bergsma. I’ve got some more videos by Dr. Bergsma to share tonight, and an announcement for those who may have missed it on Twitter: I’ll be posting the Live Rosary Threads on Fridays only beginning this week in my continuing effort to spare my eyes and wrists from the computer screens and typing, but still being able to write for the blog, the books I’m working on, and other projects. All of these videos are by Dr. John Bergsma. Some are quite brief, I think the longest is just under twenty minutes. So let’s get to it. Here goes!

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