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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Book of the Month, May 2022, Part 19

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 19 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 the Introduction as my guide. Come along with me and let’s become saints together. Let’s go, time to make some progress!

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Monday, Monday

+JMJ+ Thanks for checking in as I continue to recover from, well, lemme just say: one should not let oneself run out of Prednisone for more than a couple of days if one has been on said Pred for years. That’s part of the problem. I’ve got my meds and now I’m beginning to feel like a human being again, but I’m still weak and fatigued, more than my sarcoidosis–an invisible disease–usual, I suspect I had a mild adrenal crisis. Ack! So I’m taking the night off and going back to sleep.

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Book of the Month, May 2022, Part 18

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 18 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 Dr. Pitre’s book as my guide. Come along with me and let’s become saints together! In this post we’ll look at sorrow, the eighth (yes, eighth) capital sin, and its remedy: patience. (I’m having a rough time of it with my physical health right now so I’m looking forward to this section, too, which is probably also going to be briefer than some of the others.)

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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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