3 Things to Share Tonight, Time-Sensitive!

+JMJ+ Greetings, y’all. I’ve got three things to share with you, all time-sensitive: a reminder about our current flash giveaway for Advent, the Worldwide Women’s Rosary, and a Christmas Novena. All of these are soon to take place or happening now, so this post will be brief and to the point. Let’s go!

Continue reading “3 Things to Share Tonight, Time-Sensitive!”

The Advent Giveaway is Live

+JMJ+ I’m giving away a copy of Volume One, meditations for Advent and Christmas, in my favorite devotional book series, In Conversation with God, published by Scepter. Hurry and enter, entries close at midnight, Dec. 8, 2022. Read more and enter the giveaway.

Thanks for visiting and reading. I hope you’ll enter the giveaway or get a copy of this great devotional series, or use a favorite one of your own this Advent. I saw a comment on Twitter last night that mocked the ancient tradition of a season of preparing. More on that later. I feel a blog post coming on. But first I have to get our Rosary thread ready for tonight. See you tonight maybe? I hope so! +JMJ+

Join me on Fridays for the Rosary Project Live on Twitter at 8pm ET, 7pm CT, to cultivate a culture of Life and Love, and to end the culture of death. There’s also a Rosary on the blog you can use anytime.

“The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.” — Padre Pio

Subscribe via email: While you’re here, subscribe to get new blog posts, updates on projects like the ebooks, giveaways, and who knows what else. And thank you very much!

Full disclosure: When you make any purchase through my Amazon affiliate links (or my general Amazon link) on this site, I may make a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you. And thank you for your prayers and support.

Copyright: All original material on Catholic Heart and Mind is Copyright © 2009-2022 Lee Lancaster. All rights reserved. Read more.

Advent just began and I’m behind already

+JMJ+ Okay, here’s the real post I posted about in the last post that was telling you about the real post that I was gonna post after posting the post about posting the post that–what the heck was I saying?

I know I said I’d tell you about what I’ve been up to but I don’t know who’d really wanna hear it. It’s mostly been fixing things that broke, uninstalling and re-installing software, discovering that the computer I bought for my little home studio works surprisingly well with most of my software, but apparently hates my MIDI keyboard that works perfectly well with other operating systems. 

Continue reading “Advent just began and I’m behind already”

Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to You and Yours!

+JMJ+  I hope you’ve been having a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends. I’m thankful for each and every one who takes time to visit the blog and read my posts, and sometimes comment, too. To my blog patrons: I’m so thankful for you. Your generosity is very much appreciated! Still boggles my mind that I have patrons. Who’da thunk it? ;) God has been very good to this unworthy woman and I am grateful most of all for His Mercy and Forgiveness. Where would I be without Him? Well, nowhere, really. (Note: I’ve included a video below in the post, from Fr. Chris Alar of the Marians, about the roots of Thanksgiving. You won’t hurt my feelings much if you skip on down to that. Not at all, honestly, because I won’t even know you did it.)

Continue reading “Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to You and Yours!”

Halloween, it’s not about witches and goblins

+JMJ+ Greetings, y’all! Happy All Saints Eve! I’m almost ready to start my new schedule here at the blog but for now I wanted to share a couple of videos about Halloween from a Catholic perspective. There’s a lot of stuff and nonsense out there and I think some clarity is needed.

Continue reading “Halloween, it’s not about witches and goblins”

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.

Continue reading “Happy and Holy Solemnity of Pentecost, ya’ll!”

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. 

Continue reading “So many holy-days”

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.

Continue reading “Rejoice O Queen of Heaven”

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.

Continue reading “May you have a happy and holy Easter!”

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.)

Continue reading “For Holy Week”

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.

Continue reading “Ash Wednesday: Into the desert again”

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).

Continue reading “Your Best Catolic Lent Yet”