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, April 2021 – Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls

+JMJ+ Welcome to our continuing Catholic Book of the Month series, this month featuring Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, by Dr. John Bergsma. I’ve only had a chance to glance at the book, but I have watched some of his video interviews. I found these while doing some research for a writing project that began as a very short story idea, but has grown much larger. (More about that as time goes on.) There will be notes and links at the end of this post.

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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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Re-Reading the New Age – Part 9 – ACIM

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 9 of the continuing series, Re-Reading the New Age, continuing our look at A Course In Miracles. This time I’m just going to randomly pull some quotes and then talk about them from my point of view as a Catholic. See copyright info for the text I’m using (the combined volume, 3rd Edition) in the notes and links at the end of the post. All lines set off in block-quotes are quotes whether or not there are quotation marks around them.

“The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.”

A Course In Miracles, Complete and Annotated Edition, by Jesus of Nazareth, Helen Schucman and William Thetford. Page 80. Note: That’s their assertion and printing that here implies no belief in the assertion whatsoever on my own part.
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Re-Reading the New Age Series – Part 8 – The Course

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 8 of the continuing series, Re-Reading the New Age. We’re currently beginning to explore A Course In Miracles (ACIM) from a Catholic perspective. I found some really good articles about the Course from a Catholic perspective. I linked to them in part 7, but I had only read a little of them then. I spent yesterday and today reading and thinking, getting ready to go directly to the text. But I’ll need to pray a few rosaries first. For now I’ll share some quotes from them. It’s important to get this information out there to help as many people as we can to stay away from (or get out of) the ACIM and its false Christ trap, and away from or out of the New Age movement altogether. I was in that trap for years, I know how it is, how easy it is to fall into it, how difficult to get out.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 50 – Afterword

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 50 of our weekly series on the soul. We’re looking back at the series that began as a post for November, then became a series for the month, and finally ran weekly for several months. In this post I’ll highlight some of the ones that I think are most important in understanding what the Church teaches about the soul, and what some of the finest minds have thought about the soul, from the Biblical writers and others onward into our own day. 

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 48 – Christmas and Purgatory

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 48 of our weekly series on the soul. Just two more posts after this one in the series. November was the month devoted to the Holy Souls, but that’s not the only time we need to pray for them. I just discovered an article written in 2003 by an author I respect more and more: Christmas Seen As Best Time To Pray For Release Of The Holy Souls In Purgatory. After all, it’s the season of hope and for giving gifts. What better gift is there than the gift of release from Purgatory into Heaven? And all we have to do is pray for them. (Notes and links are at the end of this post.)

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 47 – Listening

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 47 of our weekly series on the soul. Just three more to go after tonight until we hit 50 posts in the series: one of those falls on Christmas Eve and another falls on New Year’s Eve. ([Yikes! I better start thinking about what to do for those right away.) We’ll be ending the series as we’ll be ending the year. I did not plan that and only just now realized it. Interesting. In the new year I’m going to work on some other stuff I’ve been thinking about. I may also begin posting once a week on the blog so I can work on the ebook project. We’ll see. As usual, there will be links and notes at the end of this post. Here goes, for tonight, as you can probably already tell, a bit of a ramble.

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Re-Reading the New Age – Part 7 – A Course in What?

Is Jesus Really the Author of A Course in Miracles? (Hint: NO) If He is the Author, if He did dictate this long long course, then He was perfectly happy to let Christians misunderstand Him and spread the wrong message for 2,000 years. Seems untrustworthy. I wouldn’t pay any attention to a Jesus like this one. Sounds more like a liar than a savior. And that’s just what I think the so-called Course in Miracles is: one big fat lie. Or a bunch of big fat lies. We’ll be looking at this course for at least a couple of weeks. I sat in on a few lessons back in the nineties, and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Hadn’t any of those people ever read the Bible? I guess not. And I guess their bull hockey detectors weren’t working very well, either.

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 7 of the continuing series, Re-Reading the New Age. Is Jesus Really the Author of A Course in Miracles? (Hint: NO) If He is the Author, if He did dictate this long long course, then He was perfectly happy to let Christians misunderstand Him and spread the wrong message for 2,000 years. He didn’t correct the Reformers, either, when they came along, accusing the other Christians of getting it wrong, and they tore Christendom apart. You would think He would have said something. But, no, He waits 2,000 years to say anything to anybody about getting it all wrong and even then He spills the beans to an unbeliever. And He tells her things like: There is no sin, there is no guilt. 

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