I took the day off today and didn’t write. Read, thought, prayed the Rosary, and, nope, did not write anything at all. Well, maybe a few notes about things to fix on the blog. Until now. I’m going to share a link to a blog post with you from The Sacred Page, a really excellent site where Brant Pitre, John Bergsma, John Kincaid, and Michael Barber write about the Bible and theology and Catholicism.
Gonna grab some grub in a few minutes and read the rest of the article and then read some other stuff. Got way behind on reading while overhauling the blog (not that I’m finished with that, I’m just finished for a little while) and a whole lotta books are calling my name. Listen. Can ya hear ’em? ;)
Hope your Ascension Sunday (in my neck of the woods, anyway) has been happy and holy. Thanks for visiting and reading. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, may the Lord bless and keep you and may His peace be always with you. Amen.
It happens to me all the time. I have the best of intentions, I mean to start the novena with everybody else. Yet somehow I manage to begin a day or two late. This time I missed the beginning of the novena leading up to Pentecost. Was it Ascension being observed on Sunday instead of Thursday that threw me? I dunno. Probably not, it’s just the way I am, a flaw to work on. Sigh. But if you’re ever in the same situation, below are some helpful tips I’ve found.
A brief post tonight. June has the potential to be a fruitful month, or perhaps I should say, June looks to be a powerful spiritual-seed-planting month. Today was First Saturday and the Feast of St. Justin Martyr, and the beginning of the novena to the Holy Spirit leading up to Pentecost Sunday on June 9th. (H/T to Msgr. Charles Mangan for pointing that out.) As if that weren’t enough, June is also the month devoted to the Sacred Heart. (There are also links at the end of this post.) [Note: The beginning of the novena was Friday, not Saturday; once again I do not begin a novena on time, sigh.]
Growing up as a young Methodist I heard very little about the Blessed Virgin Mary. After discovering the Catholic Church I began to hear about her a lot. But I didn’t know what to make of all the things I was hearing, and I made the not uncommon mistake of thinking that I didn’t need to pay much attention to all of that because all that mattered was the truly important stuff. This is an understandable mistake for a newcomer to Catholicism to make, but over the years I’ve heard plenty of Catholics mistake the Marian doctrines of the Church for lower level unnecessary (even optional) doctrines, too. I’ve heard people say, “as long as we agree on the essential things we’re all okay,” but that’s just it: we do not agree on the essentials. We don’t even agree on what the essentials are. (Links at the end of this post.)
We interrupt our reguarly scheduled programming to bring you this important announcement: There are no ascended masters. There is the Ascended Lord, the One Christ Jesus Who ascended into Heaven. He was begotten not made, True God and True Man, One in being with the Father, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, crucified under Pontius Pilate, suffered, died and was buried. For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven, and no one—and I mean NO ONE—goes to the Father except through Him.
I just discovered a treasure trove of audio: Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s Life is Worth Living talks in MP3 format, LINK and especially for our series on Mary, his talk on The Mother of Jesus. LINK I’m listening to it now. In these Life is Worth Livng talks, Archbishop Sheen is not speaking before a live audience but is, if memory serves, sitting at a desk and speaking into a microphone. The recordings would then be pressed onto discs. (Disks? I can never remember which spelling is which, and I think I’ve read conflicting things anyway.) The audio can be scratchy at times but I don’t care. I feel like he’s sitting down and talking with me.
I never got to watch Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen when I was growing up. I think I’d only heard about him and I’d seen photos of him. Sometime around my conversion (give or take a few years) I saw his program, Life is Worth Living, on EWTN and realized what I’d been missing. (Video of Bishop Sheen below, links at the end of this post.)
At that time I still didn’t now what to make of Marian apparitions and it would be some years before I would dip my toe in the water. But now that I have, one apparition in particular means a lot to me. In Catholic-speak I would say I have devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. This talk by Archbishop Sheen will go some way in revealing why I like him so much and why Fatima means so much to me and not just me but countless others. And to the world, whether it knows it or not. Especially now.