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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A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiing to All

Silly me, I forgot about this Thursday being Thanksgiving. I’m taking the day off and posts will continue Monday with Part 4 of a four-part series on Purgatory, and later that week on Thursday we’ll pick up wit the next part of Sanctity Through the Rosary. So I’ll leave you with a link to the Catholic origin of Thanksgiving in America and I hope you’ve been having a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. See you next week.

Thanks for visiting and reading. May you and I both become saints as the Lord meant us to be. And may His peace be always with you!

Series: Praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory – Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four to be posted on Monday).

Series: Catholic Book of the Month (currently Sanctity Through the Rosary)

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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