Book of the Month – May 2021 – A Journey – Part 2

+JMJ+ A note on the writing. 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.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 49 – Merry Christmas!

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 49 of our weekly series on the soul. Just one more to go after this one and the series will be at an end, for now. Tonight I’ve been reading a homily by St. Augustine of Hippo: On the Nativity. St. Augustine always gets to me. I wish I could have heard him preach. Reading this homily I can almost hear him. I wonder if anyone with a great and dramatic speaking voice has recorded anything of his. That would be a wonderful project for someone somewhere.

And there’s a show that I’ve heard really good things about but have not yet watched. Well, I watched the first couple of minutes of the Christmas special just now, and that’s why I decided to share it with you. (See video below.) I hope you’ll enjoy it. I’m going to get some egg nog and settle down with Miss Lucy Dawg and watch it, too. And read some more St. Augustine. I do love that good and holy bishop.

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About Abby

+JMJ+ Mentioned Abby in my last post but forgot to explain, in case you’re new to following me or haven’t seen other posts or tweets where I’ve mentioned her, just who she was, so I’ll do that now.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 44

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 44 of our weekly series on the soul. Tonight, I’m not talking about a book, though I will link to one in the notes, and also to a video of a brief interview with the author. Politics has been much on everyone’s mind these days, including mine. And religion is always on my mind. So tonight I want to pose a question and offer some thoughts. My views will, of course, have been influenced by others, by what I’ve read or watched, et cetera, but these are my own thoughts, and if I go wrong it’s entirely my own fault.

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Remembering the Holy Souls

Remembering and praying for the Holy Souls on All Souls’ Day 2020, especially those who no one to pray for them. May we never forget them. Lord, help us to remember those who long to be with You when their purification is done.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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!

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


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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