Book of the Month, April 2021 – Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls – Part 2

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 2 of our Catholic Book of the Month series, featuring Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, by Dr. John Bergsma. I’ve got some more videos by Dr. Bergsma to share tonight, and an announcement for those who may have missed it on Twitter: I’ll be posting the Live Rosary Threads on Fridays only beginning this week in my continuing effort to spare my eyes and wrists from the computer screens and typing, but still being able to write for the blog, the books I’m working on, and other projects. All of these videos are by Dr. John Bergsma. Some are quite brief, I think the longest is just under twenty minutes. So let’s get to it. Here goes!

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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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Priesthood in the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls

+JMJ+ Greetings! The Story of Salvation series will be back after the Easter season. This will be a brief post tonight. I want to share a video I found while doing some research on a couple of writing projects (and, yes, the ebooks are coming along, too, slowly, more about that later). With some regularity I am confronted by people who reject Catholicism for one reason or another so when I stumble across a video that pertains to their questions (or accusations), I save them. And since I find them to be helpful in answering non-Catholic objections but also in fostering my own understanding, I think somebody else out there might find them helpful, too.

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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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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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Saint Joseph and His World

+JMJ+ I’ve been posting about our Catholic Book of the Month for the last few Monday posts. But it’s also supposed to be the Year of St. Joseph (or is it?), and I wanted to share some videos I found, a set of interviews by Kris McGregor of of Discerning Hearts with Mike Aquilina, author of St. Joseph and His World. Such good stuff! I’ve enjoyed listening to and reading Aquilina for many years, ever since I first saw him in a series on EWTN with Scott Hahn.

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In honor of the Solemnity of the Annunciation

Today, well, now tonight, is the feast of the Annunciation. (Posts in the Story of Salvation series will begin again soon. Next Thursday is Holy Thursday and I’m thinking about doing a post for that or for Holy Week or Good Friday. Not sure yet.) Tonight I’m sharing some of the beautiful artwork inspired by the Biblical account of the Annunciation. This does not even scratch the surface of the treasures of sacred art that artists have created down through the centuries. Oh, and if you haven’t seen them yet, there are galleries for each Mystery in the Rosary Project. See especially the gallery for the First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation.

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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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Solemnity of St Joseph, March 19

+JMJ+ Greetings! Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph. I’m preparing the Rosary thread for tonight but I wanted to share these things with you on this day devoted to this very important Saint. I’ve included videos from Scott Hahn and Mike Aquilina. I hope you enjoy them.

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The Story of Salvation – Part 10

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 10 of the continuing series, the Story of Salvation. There will be some notes and links at the end of the post. We left our story last time with Lot, having made the unutterably bad decision to be sitting near the gate of Sodom when the angels appear there on their mission to destroy the city full of wickedness.

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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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The Story of Salvation – Part 9

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 9 of the continuing series, the Story of Salvation. This week we’re looking at Genesis chapters 12-20 and A Father Who Keeps His Promises (AFWKHP), Chapter Five. First I’ll talk a bit about words and symbols. Keep in mind the fact that these are thoughts jotted down rapidly and I’m leaving a whole lot out. Books could be filled with this stuff and have been but this is only a wee and humble blog post. I may take a deeper look at various things later on. Right now my folder of ideas for further exploration is getting very big. Okay, with all of that out of the way, let’s get going.

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