Join me to pray the Rosary in honor of the Assumption

+JMJ+ You are invited to join me Monday, Aug. 15, on Twitter at 8pm ET/7pm CT, to pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I tweeted a thread about it, too, containing links to some videos by Scott Hahn, Steve Ray, and Brant Pitre, about Catholic teachings on the Blessed Virgin and her Assumption. I hope you’ll join me.

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She would have been 100 today

+JMJ+ Today my mother would have been one hundred years old. She was born in 1922, a few years before the Great Depression, into what would today be considered a large family. Her parents were poor but generous and would let passing strangers do odd jobs for good home-cooked meals at the kitchen table.

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In memory of

+JMJ+ The best dawg ever would have been nineteen years old today. She left me just a few weeks shy of her fifteenth birthday. Together we had conquered her severe fear of loud noises, dark clouds, strong winds, my absence whether for a day or an hour or a minute, men, men wearing those big puffy parka things, men in hats, or, worst of all, men in big puffy parka things and hats.

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Thank you, Sacred Heart of Jesus!

+JMJ+ We in the pro-life movement have prayed a long time for this day to come. And it has finally arrived! Thank you, Lord, for giving the Justices on the Supreme Court of the United States the necessary integrity and courage to undo what should never have been done in the first place. We’ve won an important battle in our spiritual combat. And we know it’s not over yet. Our ancient enemy never sleeps and his minions are ever doing his bidding. Hold on to virtue. Remain steadfast in prayer. Persevere even unto the end.

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Gone Fishin’ for the Summer

Gone Fishing sign

+JMJ+ That’s right, I’m taking off for the summer. (I almost wrote “School’s out for summer!” And now I can’t get that song out of my head.)

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Happy and Holy Solemnity of Pentecost, ya’ll!

Pentecost by Jean Restout - Public domain

+JMJ+ I hope you’re having a blessed, happy, and holy Solemnity of Pentecost. I’m taking summer off here at the blog and on social media (the Rosary on Twitter will continue on Fridays at 7pm CT, 8pm ET), but I wanted to send you a Pentecost greeting and share a video by Dr. Brant Pitre about the feast. His work is so good, I can’t pass up a chance to share it with y’all.

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Book of the Month, June 2022, Part 22, End

+JMJ+ Welcome to the last part of our current Catholic Book of the Month. I’m on a Quest to become a saint, using Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre, as my guide. Come along with me and let’s become saints together! Now on to the book. We’ll be taking a quick look at its last two sections.

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So many holy-days

+JMJ+ All these important holidays. holy-days, all at once! Today, Memorial Day, remembering those who gave their lives for their families, their friends, their country. Sunday, the Solemnity of the Ascension. Tomorrow, the Feast of the Visitation. On the one day Jesus left us to return to His Father (He also left us Himself in the Blessed Sacrament). I imagine the sadness of the disciples and the Apostles, bereft all over again as they watched their Lord go where they could not follow. 

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Book of the Month, May 2022, Part 21

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 21 of our current Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint, using this book as my guide. Come along with me and let’s become saints together!

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So many have been misled

+JMJ+ Today is the feast day of St. John Baptist de Rossi, priest (Roman Martyrology). He was also known as the Apostle of the Abandoned. Thinking of the abandoned ones made me think of those who might be tempted to despair, those who have been hurt deeply and think they have nowhere to turn. Some of those who have been hurt deeply are those who have been misled and deceived by wolves in sheep’s clothing.

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Book of the Month, May 2022, Part 20

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 20 of our current Catholic Book of the Month (okay, season). I’m on a Quest to become a saint, using Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre, as my guide. Come along with me and let’s become saints together! Tonight we’re going to learn about, as Dr. Pitre says, the second key to making progress in our spiritual life: the regular (ack! That’s the part I have problems with!) practice of meditation on Scripture. Do I ever need this! 

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Wisdom from a little book about Marian feasts

+JMJ+ May is the month devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 2019 I wrote a series, a post for (almost) every day in May. This time around I’ve been doing some spiritual reading, going through my shelf of Marian books and I thought I’d share a longish quote from a book about Marian feasts. I’ll include links to the book at the end of the post.

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