Happy and Holy Solemnity of Pentecost, ya’ll!

Pentecost by Jean Restout - Public domain

+JMJ+ I hope you’re having a blessed, happy, and holy Solemnity of Pentecost. I’m taking summer off here at the blog and on social media (the Rosary on Twitter will continue on Fridays at 7pm CT, 8pm ET), but I wanted to send you a Pentecost greeting and share a video by Dr. Brant Pitre about the feast. His work is so good, I can’t pass up a chance to share it with y’all.

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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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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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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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Ash Wednesday: Into the desert again

+JMJ+ Seems like we’ve been in a spiritual wasteland for a couple of years now but here it is again, Ash Wednesday. Time to head into the desert once more. Yet even in the midst of all the trouble and trials we’ve been going through, we can make this a fruitful Lent and a time to grow deeper in our love of God, even if we haven’t been feeling the love for a while.

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Your Best Catolic Lent Yet

+JMJ+ Lent begins on Wednesday. That’s just two days away! At least I don’t have to flail about like I do most years, wondering what to do, what to give up, etc. This year I’m going to do some spiritual exercises from the Sermon on the Mount to make this my best Catholic Lent ever! Join me and make this your best Catholic Lent ever, too. I’ll give a brief overview of these spiritual exercises in this post, but you can read more about them and what they are meant to remedy in the ongoing Catholic Book of the Month series, currently featuring Brant Pitre’s Introduction to the Spiritual Life (scroll down that page for the book’s posts).

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Epiphany, Showing Forth to the Nations

+JMJ+ I suppose most of us here in the States observed Epiphany on Sunday but in my mind it’s always on January 6. I found some things about it to share with you so here goes. Hope you find something interesting and helpful in the post.

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

The Catholic Book of the Month posts for 2022 begin on Thursday, January 6, featuring Brant Pitre’s Introduction to the Spiritual Life. See this post for more. Enter the GiveawayDrawing is on New Year’s Day so enter soon!

Join me tonight to pray the Rosary for the New Year to build a civilization of Love, Light and Life, Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Check my profile page at a quarter before 7pm CT/8pm ET when I begin posting some things to help us prepare to pray. Then the Rosary proper begins at the top of the hour. 

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The Great Antiphons of Advent

+JMJ+ The final few days before Christmas are here already and once again Advent has snuck up on me ad has flown, and I mean, FLOWN past me. I’ve barely begun to work on my Christmas to-do list, for the blog or for the house. Sigh. And so I begin again, deciding what matters most and putting that first and letting other things go. 

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Advent and The Spiritual Life

+JMJ+ I know we’re well into Advent now but there’s still time to prepare for Christmas and for the Second Coming of Christ, which is mostly what it’s about. So I’ve linked some videos below that will help us out. First, an introduction to the Mass Readings Explained series over at Catholic Productions. There’s a video introduction to the series on that page, and they even offer a 14-day free trial. If you haven’t watched any of Dr. Pitre’s videos before, well, why not? You’re missing out on some really good stuff! 

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The Jewish Roots of Advent

+JMJ+ I got this last year, I think, and I’m going to listen to it again for Advent this year, which is already here. Yikes! We’re in the second week! How did time get away from me again? Like it always does. Sigh. Video and links below. :)

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