A fraction of the crowd at the March for Life in DC

I can’t be there today for the March for Life DC 2020, but I was there with the MASSIVE CROWD in 2010. Miss Abby Dawg (of beloved memory) was there with me, too, but she was all snuggledy-cozy in the comfort of a pet hotel, eating snacks and getting cuddles, while I was freezing in the cold, damp northern air. (And realizing that I’m really not young any more, my sarcoidosis making it more difficult than ever to cling to any illusions I may have had otherwise. I used to love cold air when I lived in NH. Now, not so much.)

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Welcome back to the weekly series on the soul. Earlier posts focused on Dom Wiesinger’s Occult Phenomena in the Light of Theology. Have I mastered that text? Nope. Studying that one will be ongoing. I’ve been searching for another text for us to use and this morning the perfect text dropped right into my mailbox. Well, a link to a podcast landed in my email inbox: the Catholic Culture Podcast hosted by Thomas Mirus. And the email title that caught my eye was, “Reclaiming the vision of the West” in which Mirus interviews author James Matthew Wilson, author of The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition. Aha! said I, this is exactly what I needed for the blog.

The devastation rationalism has wrought on modernity has yet to be calculated, because it is the air we breathe, often regardless of our professed beliefs.

From the description for the Catholic Culture Podcast, episode 61.

I won’t be able to post copious amounts of this one since it’s not in the public domain, but I have found articles by the author, reviews of the book, along with audio and video interviews as well as talks he’s given. The video (below) contains so much to think about that I’m keeping this post brief so we can get right to it. Links and notes are at the end of this post.

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A few days ago I subscribed to the Mass Readings Explained by Dr. Brant Pitre (link at the end of this post). I’m posting a sample of the video about the Solemnity from that series below. Even this little sample will help you answer those who don’t understand that what the Church teaches about the Blessed Mother is important, and not only important but necessary. To understand (and also to protect) what the Church teaches about Jesus we must understand (and protect) what the Church teaches about the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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I’m curled up with Miss Lucy Dawg, sipping herbal tea and pondering what’s next for the blog. The series on the soul will continue, but I’ll be changing the way I do it. I’ve quoted about as much as I can of the text we were going through. (See previous posts in the series.) I’ll pick it back up at some point after the New Year. 

I’m also working on some other posts, hope to have something ready before Christmas, hopefully something for the cuppa series. In the meantime I hope you’re having a blessed Advent season. Christmas is almost here! (And I’m not nearly finished getting the house ready or decorated. Oy!)

Thanks for visiting and reading. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, may the Lord bless you and yours and may His peace be always with you. Cheers!


Notes

Image credit: the Portinari Triptych, detail of Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem for the census (left panel), by Hugo van der Goes. From Wikimedia. Public domain.

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Welcome to part 5 of the Weekly Series on the Soul. LINK We’ve been looking at Dom Alois Wiesinger’s Occult Phenomena in the Light of Theology, and it’s been a fascinating read. For me, anyway. I hope it has been for you, as well. After all those years I spent wandering around, seeking esoteric knowledge, finding REAL knowledge has been a source of much joy. REAL spirituality, not the pablum that’s been pawned off on so many of us, especially in the last century until now. More Catholics should know these things and that’s why I’ve been sharing it here on the blog. (There will be a link to a free copy of the book at the end of this post.)

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Welcome to the Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 4, based on the book, Occult Phenomena in the Light of Theology, by Dom Alois Wiesinger, OCSO. If you’ve missed the previous posts, you can catch up using the links at the top or at the end of this one. Last week Dom Wiesinger told us about pure spirits according to theology. This week he’ll help us gain “a fuller coneption of the poweers latent in the human soul.” He’ll also explain to us a “pure spirit’s mode of cognition” and with the way a pure spirit communicates with and influences other spirits. He’ll also tell us about two characteristics of pure spirits that really got my attention: their immunity from forgetfulness and fatigue. (Yes, I’d like some of that, please. Can I have it to go?)

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My day began so well. And then it exploded in a million different directions. I’m just now sitting down to do any writing at 8pm. Well, that’s not exactly true. I sat down to write a bazillion times today, but the writing was interrupted every single time. But mostly it was for a good cause. 

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