The Story of Salvation – Part 9

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 9 of the continuing series, the Story of Salvation. This week we’re looking at Genesis chapters 12-20 and A Father Who Keeps His Promises (AFWKHP), Chapter Five. First I’ll talk a bit about words and symbols. Keep in mind the fact that these are thoughts jotted down rapidly and I’m leaving a whole lot out. Books could be filled with this stuff and have been but this is only a wee and humble blog post. I may take a deeper look at various things later on. Right now my folder of ideas for further exploration is getting very big. Okay, with all of that out of the way, let’s get going.

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Novena to St. Joseph begins

+JMJ+ I’ve found two different dates for when the Novena to St. Joseph begins. Some say March 11, some say March 10. The USCCB says March 10. You can use that link to use their materials for the novena. I’ve posted a longish version on the blog. I hope you find it useful. God bless you! +JMJ+

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you! Save souls!

Images: The Child Jesus taking the cross of St Joseph, by Carlo Dolci, Wikimedia Commons, public domain. The Holy Family at Nazareth, by Rafael Flores, Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Book of the Month, March 2021 – Part 2

+JMJ+ Welcome! It’s time for part 2 of our second Catholic Book of the Month, Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent and in Times of Suffering, by Susan Tassone. (Seems to me we could have used this book for the whole year of 2020, right on up to the current Lenten season and, undoubtedly, it will be useful for the rest of the year and well beyond.) There will be notes and links at the end of this post.

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A long-awaited book update and a new cover thingy

+JMJ+ Friends of the Rosary Project know I’ve been working on a Rosary ebook for a while now. I have finally gotten the formatting to work. I’ll spare you the gory details. Suffice it to say that I have at last tamed the wild beast. Sorta. At least the chapters do show up separated into, well, chapters now. But I’m still working on getting images to do right. (Do right, images, stop being bad. Bad, bad, bad images. They’re driving me mad. Mad, mad, mad. Sigh.)

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The Story of Salvation – Part 8

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 8 of the continuing series, the Story of Salvation. This week we’ll look at the story of Abram and his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Shem. We won’t get all the way through with their story this week, but we’ll get as far as we can. Notes and links will be at the end of the post.

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Book of the Month, March 2021 – Part 1

+JMJ+ Welcome! We’re already in the second week of Lent and I’m pausing the Re-Reading the New Age series at least until after Lent and the Easter Season, which means until after Pentecost, and maybe longer. Lent is the time to focus on spiritual practice and true religion. (Re true religion, see the first posts about Scott Hahn’s book, It Is Right and Just, in this series.)

So, now it’s time to announce our 2nd Catholic Book of the Month title. Drum roll, please: Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent and in Times of Suffering, by Susan Tassone. (There will be notes and links at the end of this post.) 

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The Story of Salvation – Part 7

+JMJ+ Welcome to The Story of Salvation, Part 7. We’re going to look at patterns in this episode, the way the patterns repeat through the Bible and in Noah’s story. (I think this series is going to take more than ten posts, but we’ll see.) You’ll find notes and links below at the end of this post.

According to Scott Hahn, in Our Father’s Plan, there are four basic themes in the Bible:

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Book of the Month, Feb 2021 – It Is Right and Just – Part 3

+JMJ+ Today is the last Monday in February and so this is Part 3 of our first Catholic Book of the MonthIt Is Right and Just, by Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley. It’s also the last post for this book (in this series, anyway). Next Monday is the first Monday of the month, so it will be time for another post in the Re-Reading the New Age series. Let’s get to it. Notes and links will be at the end of the post.

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The Story of Salvation – Part 6

+JMJ+ Welcome to The Story of Salvation, Part 6: Blessings and Curses. Boils down to this: one can live according to the covenant and keep it and reap the blessings, or live in a way that violates the covenant (covenants can’t actually be broken it but can be violated it) and so trigger the curses. Think of it this way: If I keep my hand off the stove when it’s on, I don’t burn my hand and I can cook my food. But if I put my hand on a hot eye of the stove, I’ll get burned. That’s a simplistic and very imperfect analogy but my point is that it’s not God being vindictive. He gave us a world and said, Live this way and you’ll be blessed, live this other way and you’ll bring all manner of deep, deep trouble upon yourself. And mankind has been awfully bad at following these simple instructions for thousands of years, proving to us that sin damages the one who sins and ripples outward to damage everyone and everything else, too. No sin is private.

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New St Paul Center Series for Lent

Go Deeper in the Mass This Lent as the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology presents Parousia: The Bible and the Mass. All episodes streaming free during Lent. Hey, here’s a thought: give up some of your free time (I know, what’s free time?) and spend it watching this series which I expect to be excellent because everything they’ve done so far has been. While writing this, I stopped to watch a few minutes of the first video. And, yes, it is excellent, production values and content. Oh, yeah, this is definitely going to be a great thing to do for Lent. As usual there are notes and links are the end of this post.

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Book of the Month, Feb 2021 – It Is Right and Just – Part 2

+JMJ+ Welcome to the second episode (I like the way that sounds!) of our first Catholic Book of the Month series, featuring It Is Right and Just, by Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley. It was written for just such a time as this. I sensed that it was going to be an important book when I was poring over the sample I downloaded, but as I began reading the book this weekend, I realized it’s even more timely and important than I thought, making it the perfect choice for our first Book of the Month. If you haven’t read last week’s post about it yet, you may want to check that out, especially for the two videos included in it, interviews with Scott Hahn about the book. There will be notes and links at the end of this post.

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The Story of Salvation – Part 5

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 5 of the continuing series, the Story of Salvation. I found something to share with you, well, two somethings. It’s two talks by Scott Hahn (author of A Father Who Keeps His Promises, the main text, along with the Bible, that I’ve been using for this series, though I plan to use some other ones, too). And he managed to get almost everything about the story of salvation (well, a lot of it, anyway) into the first talk which lasts a little over an hour, and when he finished, I was not ready for him to stop. So I watched another one. I’m linking them here so you can watch them both, too.

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