May, the Month of Mary

+JMJ+  This year is flying by! It’s the month of Mary already again and I need to change the sidebar and a couple of other things. Hey, it’s only the second day of the month, that’s early for me. I usually think about it sometime toward the end of the first week. Sigh. I’ve linked a couple of videos below and added a couple more links in the notes and links section at the end. Our non-Catholic friends and family almost always give us a hard time about the Mother of God. Maybe something here will help you answer when they question you.

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Book of the Month, April 2022, Part 17

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 17 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! In this post we’ll be looking at the capital sin of sloth and its remedy, diligence.

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Monday and migraine, not a good combination

+JMJ+ Due to having a migraine affecting, among other things, my vision, Monday’s post will not appear tonight but hopefully will return next Monday. Even posting this brief update has been a struggle. (Hopefully Thursday’s post will proceed as planned.) So I can’t even read, much less write. Argh. At least I’m not experiencing the usual numbness in my fingers or the language difficulty (not much, anyway) that so often accompany my migraines. Prayers appreciated! Thank you! Below is a video that shows something like what I see during a migraine. Not exactly but similar. 

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Divine Mercy Sunday 2022

+JMJ+  I hope your Divine Mercy Sunday has been filled with joy and grace and graces. There are many misconceptions about the Divine Mercy feast and devotion. I hope this brief post will help to clear up some of those. It really is a beautiful thing, the feast, the devotion, the book, all of it. 

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Book of the Month, April 2022, Part 16

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 16 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! In this section we’ll look at the sixth capital sin, gluttony, and discover its remedy, temperance.

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Rejoice O Queen of Heaven

+JMJ+ A traditional prayer of the Church is the Angelus, prayed three times a day: 6:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 6:00 pm. During the Easter season this prayer is replaced by the Regina Caeli, below.

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May you have a happy and holy Easter!

I hope you’re having a happy and holy Easter Sunday. And may your soul be filled with Christ’s grace and peace during this Easter season and always. Thank you for visiting and reading my blog.

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Book of the Month, April 2022, Part 15

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 15 of our current Catholic Book of the Month (month, months, whatever), 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! In part 15 we’ll look at lust, the disordered desire for sexual pleasure, and its remedy, chastity, to be chaste, to have a clean and pure heart, to be set apart for holiness. One who is not chaste is not going to be holy, not until one turns away from the sin of lust and toward the Lord by striving to be chaste. 

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For Holy Week

+JMJ+ Last year I began writing a scene for Holy Week, for Palm Sunday, but it turned into more than one or two scenes, into a rough draft for a novel, really. No one was more surprised than I was. I wrote the scenes twice a week, on my regular posting schedule, and, with the most cursory proofreading and editing, uploaded them. There is no denying that the results put the rough into rough draft. But this little experiment got me writing fiction again and kept me writing and I am glad I tried it. Working on a revision now. Tonight I’m sharing an early part of the story. (I edited a couple of things while I got this ready to share tonight, but not much. I’m re-writing the whole thing, anyway.)

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Book of the Month, Mar 2022, Part 14

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 14 of our current Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. During this Lent 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! In this post we’ll look at the cardinal sin of avarice or greed–not mere desire but the disordered and irrational desire to possess or for possessions, one of the “most spiritually dangerous of all the vices” because of the way it “affects the human heart”–and we’ll discover its remedy, generosity.

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No, we do not worship idols

+JMJ+  It happens more often than one might expect: non-Catholics see a post or a tweet, or my Rosary threads on Twitter, and they immediately pounce. “You shouldn’t pray to dead people. That’s necromancy.” “You shouldn’t use images. That’s idolatry.” I’ve written about prayer to saints before. Tonight I want to share something about the use of images, holy images, sacred images. It boggles my mind how things that were settled in the Church hundreds and hundreds of years ago can still be imagined to be open to debate all this time later. 

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Book of the Month, Mar 2022, Part 13

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 13 of our current Catholic Book of the Month (month, season, whatever), Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint and I’m using this book as my guide.  Come along with me and let’s become saints together! In this post we’ll look at the third capital sin, anger, and its remedy. Not all anger, mind you, only the sinful kind. Anger can be righteous, aimed at preserving or obtaining justice, whereas sinful anger desires to harm someone for vengeance and flows from pride. It also flows from impatience. I think we can see this all around us, especially online these days. But there is an antidote as we will soon see. What follows is based on chapter 13 of the Intro.

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