Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 38 – In a Time of Turmoil

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 38 of our weekly series on the soul. It’s not absolutely necessary to read all of the previous posts in the series, though it’s a good idea to get around to reading the first five (annotated Table of Contents). Tonight I’m sharing info about two books and one dissertation, and also sharing some videos on the soul, and growing in a time of turmoil.

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Saint Matthew and Saint Michael

Feast of St Matthew, Apostle

Today, September 21, is the Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle. A few years ago Pope Benedict offered a reflection on St. Matthew which I read this afternoon and wanted to share with you. A lot of articles on the web quote from it, but they often don’t give the reference, beyond saying it’s from 2006 by Pope Benedict. That didn’t give me much to go on, but it was enough as it turns out. So if you like, take a few minutes to read and reflect on Pope Benedict XVI’s General Audience from August 30, 2006

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 37 – Communication

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 37 of our weekly series on the soul. This will likely be the last post in our exploration of the soul according to Cardinal Lépicier’s book, The Unseen World: An Exposition Of Catholic Theology in its Relation to Modern Spiritism, which you can get as a free PDF in the Notes and Links section at the end of this post. This week, we’re beginning on page 131, Whether Spiritistic Manifestations can be attributed to Departed Souls.

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. St. Helena had found it and placed it on Mt. Calvary, but Chosroas, King of the Persians, took it. Emperor Heraclius returned it to Jerusalem in 629. While scouring the web for art to use in the Live Twitter Rosary Threads (also see the Rosary Project posted here on the blog), I found a painting of the scene (see image above), but I didn’t know what it was at the time. The story goes (and I’m not implying that it’s a mere story) that the Emperor was attempting to return the Holy Cross—well, here, let me let the folks over at Catholic Culture tell it.

“The lessons from the Breviary tell us that Emperor Heraclius carried the Cross back to Jerusalem on his shoulders. He was clothed with costly garments and with ornaments of precious stones. But at the entrance to Mt. Calvary a strange incident occurred. Try as hard as he would, he could not go forward. Zacharias, the Bishop of Jerusalem, then said to the astonished monarch: “Consider, O Emperor, that with these triumphal ornaments you are far from resembling Jesus carrying His Cross.” The Emperor then put on a penitential garb and continued the journey.”

The Liturgical Year, September 14, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, CatholicCulture.org

The day is also known as the Triumph of the Cross

“This day is also called the Exaltation of the Cross, Elevation of the Cross, Holy Cross Day, Holy Rood Day, or Roodmas. The liturgy of the Cross is a triumphant liturgy. When Moses lifted up the bronze serpent over the people, it was a foreshadowing of the salvation through Jesus when He was lifted up on the Cross. Our Mother Church sings of the triumph of the Cross, the instrument of our redemption. To follow Christ we must take up His cross, follow Him and become obedient until death, even if it means death on the cross. We identify with Christ on the Cross and become co-redeemers, sharing in His cross.”

Ibid.

There’s more at their post. Worth taking a look.

A good devotional practice, especially for this day, would be the Stations of the Cross. After I learned to pray the Rosary with a CD by Dana and Fr. Kevin Scallon (may he rest in peace) while I was working at the Catholic bookstore, Dana and Fr. Kevin released a CD for the Stations, too. I thought the Rosary CD was lovely but the music for the Stations was/is truly hauntingly beautiful. This track will give you a taste of it so you’ll see (or hear) what I mean. 

Video: Dana and the late Fr. Kevin Scallon, Stations of the Cross, the 12th Station, Track: Jesus dies on the Cross.

Thank you for visiting and reading. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, please stay safe and well, and virtuous and holy. May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+

Christ Crucified, by Diego Velazquez

Notes and Links

  • Exaltation of the Holy Cross, The Liturgical Year, September 14CatholicCulture.org
  • The Rosary, by Dana and Fr. Kevin Scallon: CD. (Amazon affiliate link. See Full Disclosure below for more.)
  • Stations of the Cross, by Dana and the late Fr. Kevin Scallon. CD. MP3 Album. (Amazon affiliate links. See below for more.) At least some tracks also available on YouTube. Here’s the 12th Station.

Images: 1) Emperor Heraclius Recovers the Holy Cross: Shown is the version by an unknown artist in the manner of Scarsellino. Public domain. Several different versions of this scene may be seen at Wikimedia. 2) Christ Crucified, by Diego Velázquez. Both are from Wikimedia and in the public domain. (I edited the color of he first one and added text to the second one.)

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In memory of those 9/11 took from us

+JMJ+ I posted a special Live Twitter Rosary Thread tonight in honor of all who lost their lives and their loved ones who had their lives shattered on that terrible day. (Link below.) I didn’t post any images from the event. No need to traumatize any family members or friends who have been through enough as it is. 

May the Lord grant healing and peace to all those whose lives will never be the same, and may those we lost find repose in the arms of the One Who loves us all. Lord, hear our prayer. Amen. 

Thank you for reading. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, may the Lord bless you and keep you, and grant you His peace, always. Stay virtuous and holy! Amen. +JMJ+ 


Here is the link to the special In Memoriam Live Twitter Rosary Thread for September 11. You can unroll it at Thread reader, too, to make it easier to read and easier to spot where I got ahead of myself and tweeted a tweet without its accompanying image. Oh, well…

A list of other Rosary threads is on the blog, and the #RosaryProject is always available there, too, in a format similar to the one I use on Twitter, but a little different. Also the Project on the blog includes image galleries for each of the Rosary Mysteries. I include the Luminous Mysteries for those of us who like to pray them. (I treasure them, really. More about that in a post.)

Image in the banner: Christ Crucified, by Diego Velázquez, Wikimedia, public domain.

Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 36 – Knowledge During Life and After Death

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 36 of our weekly series on the soul. We’re nearly at the end of our exploration of the soul according to Cardinal Lépicier in his book, The Unseen World: An Exposition Of Catholic Theology in its Relation to Modern Spiritism, which you can get as a free PDF in the Notes and Links section at the end of this post. This week, beginning on page 118: “A Comparison between our Knowledge during Life and our Knowledge after Death.”

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Re-Reading the New Age, Part 4 – Education in the New Age (continued)

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 4 of the continuing series, Re-Reading the New Age. I’m still re-reading Alice Bailey’s Education in the New Age, which I didn’t read all the way the first time and which text has surprised me quite a bit this time around. I did read some of her other books, or tried, to, but I must’ve been blind when I was reading them back then. There are so many statements that I don’t remember seeing at all. Let’s get to it. Notes and links are at the end of the post.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 35 – What the Soul Knows After Death

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 35 of our weekly series on the soul. Our text is The Unseen World: An Exposition Of Catholic Theology in its Relation to Modern Spiritism by A. H. M. Cardinal Lépicier, and we’re currently reading chapter 2, section 2: The Knowledge of the Departed Human Soul. We’re talking about the Catholic teaching on these things and not about soul sleep (a belief of some of our separated brethren) and not about raising the spirits of the dead (which would be necromancy and was condemned by the Church from earliest times, as it is in the Bible). We are talking about how the human soul lives on even after the body dies. One day the soul and the body will be reunited at the resurrection, and, specifically in this post, about the soul and its knowledge after separation from the body, after the death of the body. Notes and links will be at the end of this post.

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On seeing some tapestries

+JMJ+ I had already writing a post for tonight when I saw a video that led me to lay that other one aside and do this one instead. Back in February of this year (2020 for those reading this who-knows-when), the world celebrated the 500th Anniversary of Raphael’s death with a rare showing his tapestries.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 34 – YOGO – You only get one

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 34 of our weekly series on the soul. The Unseen World by Cardinal Lépicier is our text and we’re on Chapter 2, Section I, the State of the Soul Separated from the Body. Before we get started on that I want to share with you some things I found for our series in the future. (Notes and links will be at the end of this post.)

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Did I ever tell you about my encounters with evil?

+JMJ+ Someone asked on Twitter today if anyone had ever seen anything holy or demonic (outside of the sacraments as he later clarified, which is exactly what I understood him to mean and hence my answer). I gave a brief Twitter reply but here on the blog I can tell the story in a fuller, more fleshed-out fashion. So here it is.

Out of Nowhere

It was a dark and stormy night on a lonely road. Well, the night was dark and the road was lonely, but the only storm was my heart thundering in my chest. It happened many years ago but I remember well how the car appeared behind me, out of nowhere, traveling so close behind I thought surely the driver was going to ram me. I sped up to get away but the driver sped up, too. I slowed down and signaled for the driver to pass me (we were on a divided four-lane highway), but the car slowed and matched my speed. 

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 33 – After Death (Continued)

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 33 of our weekly series on the soul. Before we pick up where we left off in our text, The Unseen World: An Exposition Of Catholic Theology in its Relation to Modern Spiritism by A. H. M. Cardinal Lépicier, I want to take a few minutes to talk about spiritism. Should I have done that before now? Yep. But I didn’t realize I needed to cuz I really thought we–I thought I–knew what it was. And I did. Sorta. (Notes and links are at the end of this post.)

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