Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 33 – After Death (Continued)

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 33 of our weekly series on the soul. Before we pick up where we left off in our text, The Unseen World: An Exposition Of Catholic Theology in its Relation to Modern Spiritism by A. H. M. Cardinal Lépicier, I want to take a few minutes to talk about spiritism. Should I have done that before now? Yep. But I didn’t realize I needed to cuz I really thought we–I thought I–knew what it was. And I did. Sorta. (Notes and links are at the end of this post.)

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 32 – After Death

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+JMJ+ Welcome to part 32 of our weekly series on the soul. There’s more about the angels in the first chapter of The Unseen World, but I’m jumping ahead to dive into chapter two, “The Human Soul After Death.” A link to a free PDF copy of the book will be at the end of this post, along with other notes and links.

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Anotha cuppa and some Rosary art

Welcome to another installment of the A few words and anotha cuppa occasional series. Tonight’s tea is something that arrived today, Teavana‘s Jade Citrus Mint. Yum! There’s a kettle of hot water in the kitchen and some cups. Help yourself. I’m sitting down and I ain’t gettin’ up. (How’s that for Southern hospitality?) I’m using a cup that I got from some of the physical therapy staff when I was going home from the hospital a few years ago. It has a matching lid (that came with another gift and happens to fit most of my cups) to keep the tea warm and I’ve got it sitting on a cup warmer by the sofa. Ah. How relaxing. (Or it would be if Miss Lucy Dawg would settle down. She’s either hearing thunder in the distance or fireworks not so distant, and I don’t know which.) Now I want to share with you some words about a painting you may have seen if you’ve watched the Rosary led by Mother Angelica on EWTN. (1)

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Solemnity of Corpus Christi

We can learn to “love the brethren” when “we have come to know His love” (Epistle), in His Sacrament and Sacrifice of Love. This is the one true guarantee of unity amongst men. Then, and only then, will they recognize neighbor as “brother.”

From My Sunday Missal, Confraternity of the Precious Blood, quote found at Catholic Culture.
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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 18

The Four Temperaments - from Fr Ripperger's Video

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 18 of our weekly series on the soul. This week I’ve stumbled onto the topic of temperaments. I don’t mean that I never heard of them until now, so I suppose I should say I’ve re-stumbled upon the idea, but this time from the perspective of Catholic teaching (which is just about the only perspective in which I have any interest). My laptop is dealing me fits right now so any long post is not going to happen tonight. Instead I’ll link a video from Fr. Chad Ripperger from his Spiritual Theologhy Series: Temperaments. We’ll look at this subject for at least a couple of weeks.

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She thought He was the gardener

Noli Me Tangere, by Correggio

A little verse for Easter Sunday

Christ the Lord
is risen today!
Alleluia!

She thought He was the gardener.
Indeed, He created the Garden of the Universe,
and willed to live in the garden of our souls.

O Divine Gardener,
cultivate in us
a heart like Yours.

— Easter Sunday 2020

@disciple96


Have a blessed and happy Easter Sunday and season, y’all! Peace be to you!

Image: Noli Me Tangere by Correggio, public domain.


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Quiet words in the night, March 20, 2020

Let us take refuge, quote by St Ambrose

“Let us take refuge from this world. You can do this in spirit, even if you are kept here in the body. You can at the same time be here and present to the Lord. Your soul must hold fast to him, you must follow after him in your thoughts, you must tread his ways by faith, not in outward show. You must take refuge in him. He is your refuge and your strength.”

From the treatise on Flight from the World by Saint Ambrose, bishop.
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Update, correct link for The Bible and the Church Fathers Launch on Feb 19

Update: Correct link to the launch! Sorry about that!

A quick note to tell you about something I just saw: The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology presents The Bible & the Church Fathers, launching this Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm Eastern with free streaming video. But wait! There’s more!

Enter to win a signed study bundle (the complete package of the Church Fathers study for parishes plus John Bergsma’s book, Bible Basics for Catholics). Link below. But wait! There’s even more!

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The Bible and the Church Fathers Launches Feb 19

A quick note to tell you about something I just saw: The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology presents The Bible & the Church Fathers, launching this Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm Eastern with free streaming video. But wait! There’s more!

Enter to win a signed study bundle (the complete package of the Church Fathers study for parishes plus John Bergsma’s book, Bible Basics for Catholics). Link below. But wait! There’s even more!

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Our First Cuppa Together in 2020

This will be our first cuppa together in 2020. The night is dark and windy, Miss Lucy Dawg is snoozing by the fire, music is playing softly in the background. Tea’s ready. Have a seat while I fill our cups. 

We’ve talked about conversion before and I mentioned that I gave up my New Age ways, and I think I mentioned astrology. I gave it up, not because it doesn’t work (that’s a topic for a whole other blog post), but because Holy Mother Church said to. But I didn’t give it up right away. Now this is not a post about astrology or my past obsession with it, but about the fact that becoming Catholic changes us. It must change us, the deep down us, and that takes time. Took me a few years to give up astrology and my other New Age ways, though I was certainly moving toward that from reception into the Church onward.

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The Presentation of the Lord, Feb 2, Candlemas

If you haven’t already subscribed to Brant Pitre’s excellent series, The Mass Readings Explained, I highly recommend that you do so. For today’s feast you can view two videos (4:14 and 9:08 in length) and at least part of the transcript even without being a subscriber. (I tried to embed them in this post but coudn’t.) Subscribe to the Mass Readings Explained for access to the full-length videos, the transcripts and study guides. (Links at the end of this post.)

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Madonna and Child, some favorite paintings

In the previous post I shared a little something about one of my new used books, The Mother of God: Art Celebrates Mary, but I didn’t have time to do much more than mention it. Tonight I want to begin looking inside it and I’ll share that with you. I can’t reproduce the works from the book without violating copyright, but I’ll share what I can find in the public domain where possible. (Links at the end of this post.)

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