Book of the Month, February 2022, Part 5

“If repentance is the foundation of the spiritual life, the commandments are the entryway.”

Introduction to the Spiritual Life, 160.

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 5 of our Catholic Book of the Month where we are using Brant Pitre’s book, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, as our guide on our Quest for holiness and to become saints. Yes, SAINTS. Last week Dr. Pitre showed us that before we can begin our journey in earnest, we have to repent, but that is not enough. We also have to remove mortal sin from our lives. 

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Book of the Month, January 2022, Part 4 – First Step on our Quest

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 4 (and the First Step) of our sixth Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a quest to get more serious than ever before about the spiritual life, my spiritual life, and I’m inviting you to come along with me as I stumble my way along. If you ever felt intimidated by people who seemed to be further along than you are, you won’t have to worry about that here with me. Nope, not at all. Because I am a beginner, too. I have made all the excuses and put off my practice until I was too pooped to pray. In short, I have been a miserable disciple not worthy of the name. That’s why I chose it for my handle on social media, to keep before me my lack of progress and sincere effort and keep me humble. I’d rather read about spirituality any day than have to live it. I understand exactly how that is. That’s why I am doing this now. Time is short, the day is already far spent, and I ain’t gettin’ any younger! I’ve already landed in the hospital twice and the most recent time I was not expected to live. And STILL I have been a lazy sorry excuse for a disciple. 

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Book of the Month, January 2022, Part 3

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 3 of our sixth Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, by Brant Pitre. You can get a hardcover copy or a Kindle ebook copy using the links at the end of this post, and view other parts of the series on the annotated Table of Contents page.

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Book of the Month, January 2022, Part 2

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 2 of our sixth Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, by Brant Pitre. You can get a hardcover copy or a Kindle ebook copy using the links at the end of this post, and view other parts of the series on the annotated Table of Contents page.

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Book of the Month – May 2021 – A Journey – Part 9

Book Cover

+JMJ+ Welcome to Part 9 of the continuing story of A Journey, which began in my mind as a short story for Holy Week but morphed into something larger and is still morphing even now. (It even goes back further than that when I first had this idea to write a novel for National Novel Writing Month, but I didn’t get far with it then.) I’m writing the rough draft moments before I post it here on the blog, and just so’s you know, I really do mean rough when I say that. I have already made a list of a bunch of things that I’ll likely change in the re-write(s) and some things to experiment with some more. This whole adventure is a way to come up with the raw material to work with, like digging for my own clay and then working with it to discover what’s hidden there and how to work with it to bring out what is hidden within it. The more I write this story, the more I discover about it. Okay, enough of that. Let’s go. See ya on the other side. :)

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Book of the Month – May 2021 – A Journey – Part 8

+JMJ+ A note on the writing. I’m writing a book And working my way into the writing, which is what this experiment is, a journey into the writing. So the journey in the title refers both to the journey in the story itself and to my writing my way toward the story. Come along with me. Let’s see what happens together. It’s a rough draft (and I do mean rough), so consider yourself warned. Here we go.

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Book of the Month – May 2021 – A Journey – Part 7

+JMJ+ A note on the writing. I’m writing a book And working my way into the writing, which is what this experiment is, a journey into the writing. So the journey in the title refers both to the journey in the story itself and to my writing my way toward the story. Come along with me. Let’s see what happens together.

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Book of the Month – May 2021 – A Journey – Part 6

+JMJ+ A note on the writing. I’m writing a book And working my way into the writing, which is what this experiment is, a journey into the writing. So the journey in the title refers both to the journey in the story itself and to my writing my way toward the story. Come along with me. Let’s see what happens together.

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Book of the Month – May 2021 – A Journey – Part 5

+JMJ+ A note on the writing. I’m writing a book And working my way into the writing, which is what this experiment is, a journey into the writing. So the journey in the title refers both to the journey in the story itself and to my writing my way toward the story. Come along with me. Let’s see what happens together.

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Book of the Month – May 2021 – A Journey – Part 4

+JMJ+ Welcome! I’m writing a book and working my way into the writing, which is what this experiment is, a journey into the writing. So the journey in the title refers both to the story itself and to my writing my way toward the story. Come along with me on a journey of discovery as I figure out where we’re going. :)

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Book of the Month – May 2021 – A Journey – Part 3

+JMJ+ A note on the writing. I’m writing a book And working my way into the writing, which is what this experiment is, a journey into the writing. So the journey in the title refers both to the story itself and to my writing my way toward the story.

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Book of the Month – May 2021 – A Journey – Part 2

+JMJ+ A note on the writing. I’m writing a book And working my way into the writing, which is what this experiment is, a journey into the writing. So the journey in the title refers both to the story itself and to my writing my way toward the story.

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