The Exaltation of the Cross

+JMJ+ With everything going on here at the homestead (mostly good, some frustrating, and all tiring, stuff) I haven’t written a new post for the feast, so below is the link to my earlier post for the Feast of The Exaltation of the Cross. If you missed it last year (and even if you didn’t), heeeeere it is. :)

Last year’s post for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

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Happy and Blessed Pentecost!

Pentecost by Jean Restout - Public domain

+JMJ+ I hope you’ve had a happy and blessed Pentecost Sunday. I don’t know if you’ve subscribed to Brant Pitre’s series of video lessons, Mass Readings Explained, but if you haven’t, here’s a link to the free section of this year’s Pentecost episode. Pitre is right up there with Scott Hahn, I enjoy reading and watching and listening to both of them.

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Happy and Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday, y’all!

I hope you are having a most happy and blessed Divine Mercy Sunday. If you’re new to the devotion, let me tell you, there are many misconceptions out there about the Divine Mercy image, message, devotion and liturgical day. This series of articles explains the basics of the devotion. I’ve shared some videos below if you want to know more about it. Also see how to receive the graces, especially during all the lockdowns.

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Holy Thursday 2021

After the Holy Thursday liturgy I usually remain in the pew until the doors are being locked and someone chases me out. So it was on my first Holy Thursday in 1996 (before my reception into the Church at the Easter Vigil) that I experienced something I had not expected and that I have never forgotten. What follows is a re-telling of the events of that night in the form of a post originally written in 2019 and edited in 2020. I’m posting it here again for this Holy Thursday 2021.

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Book of the Month, March 2021 – Part 4

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 4 of our Catholic Book of the Month for March 2021, Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent: and in Times of Suffering, by Susan Tassone. I’m also going to include some things from the Marian site of the Divine Mercy to help us get ready for Holy Week. Notes and links are at the end of this post.

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Book of the Month, March 2021 – Part 3

+JMJ+ Welcome! It’s time for part 3 of the second book in our Catholic Book of the Month series, featuring Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent: and in Times of Suffering, by Susan Tassone. If you haven’t gotten a copy of the current Catholic Book of the Month, there are links at the end of the post that you can use if you like. Tonight we’ll be taking a brief look at the section for today, the Fourth Monday of Lent, and chapter 2, Meditations on the Passion and the Way of the Cross with St. Faustina.

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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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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 Light and the darkness

I hope you’re having a Merry Christmas. That greeting sounds strange at the beginning of a post about a day devoted to the Holy Innocents. After all the joy of Christmas Eve and Day, and the celebration honoring the Holy Family, now we have this. In honor of the day I’ll share some artwork I’ve found while gathering art for the Rosary Project, and a couple of video commentaries I found, too. What an utterly shocking feast day the Massacre of the Holy Innocents always is. These paintings capture that well, I think. The one above shows the Holy Family in the upper corners. The one below gets to me. It’s hard for me to say more about it right now. I will say, look at the baby’s right side. There’s a wound there already. Foreshadowing?

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Anticipation Past and Present

I suppose a word that sums up tonight’s post is “Anticipation.” Anticipating the Savior’s Birth in Bethlehem. And memories of anticipating my full reception into the Catholic Church in 1996. And after I wrote this post I discovered something I want to share with you. If you wanna skip to the end for that, I’ll understand.

+JMJ+ So good to have seen some tweets by people being received into Holy Mother Church these last few weeks. In the midst of all the unrest and turmoil, nothing makes my heart gladder than to see others discover and embrace the Truth of Christ and answer His call to come home to His Church. Makes me remember my own reception on that Easter Vigil in ’96.

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A Brief Thanksgiving Interlude

Tonight, A Brief Thanksgiving Interlude on Catholic Heart and Mind. The Weekly Series on the Soul will return next week.

+JMJ+ I hope you’ve been having a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day. And if you’re in a part of the world where this holiday of thankfulness isn’t celebrated, I hope you’ve had a happy and blessed day, anyway. 

My day has been quiet. Resting my eyes, thinking, more sleeping than I wish I had done but I needed it. Fed Miss Lucy Dawg, Major Tom Cat, the Opossum family members who have begun to stop by daily for a snack on their way home from wherever they spend their time. It’s a good thing I stocked up on catfood. They seem to enjoy the flavors that he thinks are “meh.” (That’s what he said. Not “meow” but “meh.”) Of course, once I started filling their bowls with the food he didn’t like, he started eating it with relish. (Well, not with relish, I mean, just—Oh, never mind.)

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God bless our Veterans!

Respect and gratitude from me to all veterans who have served or are serving our beloved country. Thank you, veterans, whoever and wherever you are, for your service, your courage, honor, and sacrifice. God bless you and God bless America!

St. Martin of Tours, pray for us. Pray for our veterans!

Notes and Links

Image: St. Martin of Tours cutting his cloak in half to share with a beggar, painting by Anthony Van Dyck. St. Martin is the patron saint of soldiers. See more artwork depicting St. Martin of Tours and read about him at this marvelous art site.

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