Voting and a Well-Formed Catholic Conscience

+JMJ+ This is the most important election of my lifetime. This is the time for us to choose which way we shall go: to continue the great experiment that is the U.S.A. or to go down the path to socialism with all the horrors that entails. I don’t want that dark dystopian future for us and I hope you don’t either. I put together Vote 2020 (a voting resource page) and I’ll stick this post to the top of the blog for a few days. Vote your conscience but please form your conscience well first.

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Happy and Blessed All Saints’ Day, Y’all!

+JMJ+ I hope you’re having a happy and blessed All Saints’ Day. I was getting my Divine Mercy tweet ready a few minutes ago (read: a few minutes late, okay, an hour) when I found this in St. Faustina’s Diary:

“On one occasion I heard these words in my soul, Make a novena for your country. This novena will consist of the recitation of the Litany of the Saints. Ask your confessor for permission [probably Father Sopocko or Father Andrasz].”

Kowalska, Saint Maria Faustina. Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul, (section? paragraph?) 59. Marian Press. Kindle Edition.

That seems like a great idea to me. Pray the Litany of the Saints for our country. And the election! If only I’d thought about putting election stuff on the site sooner, and had found this sooner. But I didn’t find it in the book by searching for anything related to elections. I was looking for something to do with saints to post for All Saints’ Day.

Which brings me back to the reason I began this post to begin with: to send you a heartfelt greeting and to say I hope you’re having a happy and blessed All Saints’ Day, whoever and wherever you are.

Tomorrow is the first Monday of the month so I’ll be posting another part of the Re-Reading the New Age series sometime tomorrow, probably tomorrow night. Until then, may you stay safe and well, virtuous and holy. And may His peace be always with you. God bless you! +JMJ+

Happy and Blessed All Hallow’s Eve, Y’all!

+JMJ+ Happy and Blessed All Hallow’s Eve, y’all. Prayers for my whole online family that you will all be safe and have a Holy celebration of the Saints & Blesseds. (And don’t forget the Holy Souls November 2 and every day, too). I’m praying for our country, too, and our elections on November 3. Some serious spiritual warfare going on right now, oy vey! Please pray for each other and for me, too! I appreciate you.

Important related post and another re spiritual warfare and spiritual enemies. And if you do a search on the web, you’ll also find that there is a renewed effort to curse the President this Halloween, right before the election on November 3, 2020. Please pray. Pray like never before for each other, for our President and for our country. Amen!

God bless you all! I hope you’ll visit the blog soon and often. Until then, whoever and wherever you are, please stay safe, well, and most importantly, virtuous and holy. May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+

Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 42 – The Afterlife According to the Bible

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 42 of our weekly series on the soul just in time for All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days. I’ve been reading Dr. John W. Cooper’s book, Body, Soul, and Life Everlasting. The main reason I’m reading it is that so many non-Catholic Christians have rejected the Christian teachings on the afterlife, handed on from the beginning, with some rejecting the idea of the immortal soul. In fact, there’s a heated debate going on about what the soul is and whether or not it even exists. But as the author says in the preface to the second printing (page xv), 

“The book makes the case that as Holy Scripture progressively discloses what happens to humans when they die, it teaches not only that each of us will undergo bodily resurrection, but that believers continue to exist ‘with the Lord’ until the resurrection.”

Since the battlecry of the Reformation was sola scriptura, it’s seems odd that the descendants of the Reformers would reject such an important teaching of Scripture. I guess “Scripture alone” doesn’t mean the same thing as “All of the Scriptures” or “Everything the Scriptures teach” but I digress. Notes and links will be at the end of this post. 

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The Rosary Project Live or on the Blog

The month of the Rosary is winding down so I thought I’d write a little something about the Rosary Project, specifically, the Live Twitter Rosary Thread Project, and the surprising gifts of frienship which flow from it.

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A Special Post for a Special Feast Day

Updated, October 23, 2020 to add a line with a link to an earlier post and a video, which I included in the endnotes but somehow left out of the paragraph in which they belonged, cuz I’m talented that way.

+JMJ+ The weekly series on the soul, Part 42, will be posted next Thursday because today is a special day for me here at the blog and it snuck up on me and I didn’t realize it fell on a Thursday. Yes, I have a liturgical calendar but, sadly, it won’t slap me in the face and/or write my posts for me. (What, I bought the calendar, now I have to use it, too? Do I have to do everything around here? Oh, well, um, yes, I guess I do. Argh.) So, since October is the month of the Rosary and today is the feast day of Pope St. John Paul II, and the Rosary is so important to me (see, for example, the Rosary Project and the Live Rosary Archives on this site), that’s what I’ll write about tonight. (I’ll write more about why the Rosary is so important to me in another post soon, maybe for Monday’s post, before October is over.)

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We are in a spiritual war

Update, October 31, 2020: I want to emphasize this important related post from the past. And if you do a search on the web, you’ll also find that there is a renewed effort to curse the President this Halloween, right before the election on November 3, 2020. Please pray. Pray like never before for each other, for our President and for our country. Amen!

+JMJ+ I’ve written about this before. We are in a war. We have been for thousands and thousands of years, but we are in a particularly intense war right now and it is primarily spiritual. So when people tell us that we should keep religion and spiritual things out of the public, political conversation, they either don’t know any better or they do know exactly what they’re doing: trying to keep us from doing the one thing necessary to win this war: identifying exactly who our enemy is and doing what we need to do to defeat him. 

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 41 – Doctor of the Soul

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 41 of our weekly series on the soul. I couldn’t let today go by without a special something for the saint whose name I had chosen but, sadly, never got to give as my confirmation name (that part was skipped over for some reason): Saint Teresa of Avila, or, more properly, Saint Teresa de Jesus. Even more properly: Santa Madre Teresa de Jesus. (I’ve actually practiced saying that for years and if I could roll my r’s, I think it would sound pretty convincing, but I cain’t, so it dudden.) So I’ll post the next part of Body, Soul, and the Life Everlasting next week and share these three talks about Saint Teresa, Doctor of the Church and of the Soul, with you tonight. (I think we’ll have to explore some of St. Teresa’s writings at some point, don’t you?)

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Watch out for those wolves!

With apologies to wolves in nature everywhere.

I can’t get this film off of my mind. Ever since watching EWTN’s and Arcadia Film’s newest, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing II, it’s almost all I can think about. (I say almost because I do have other projects that are still there in my mind: the Weekly Series On the Soul, Re-Reading the New Age, undertaking a first stufy of the Spanish Civil War, learning about Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School, among others.) 

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 40 – Body and Soul

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 40 of our weekly series on the soul. I’m preparing a post about Dr. John W. Cooper’s book that I’ve already mentioned in this series a few times, Body, Soul, and Life Everlasting: Biblical Anthropology and the Monism-Dualism Debate. It’s not a purely academic presentation of the subject but is written so that a layperson can read it and learn from it (thank goodness!). Basically, the premise is that there are those today who deny that humans are a union of body and soul, and some of those who deny it are Christians. In his book Cooper goes from the Old Testament through the New and shows that not only did the Old Testament Hebrew people and writers believe in the soul’s existence after bodily death, but that they came to believe in the resurrection, too, before the time of the New Testament. And he looks at contemporary studies and research, too. And what he finds is that the Biblical view of the body-soul union stands up to the supposed invalidating findings of the modern critics.

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Re-Reading the New Age – Part 5 – There and Back Again: A Ramble about my New Age days

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 5 of the continuing series, Re-Reading the New Age. I’ve been thinking lately about how I got into the New Age “movement,” for lack of a better word. I don’t like calling it a movement because it gives the impression that it’s somehow organized, as if somebody were in charge and leading it. There are leaders but no leader. The New Age is more every man for himself than an organized movement with clear goals. 

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 39 – Where did my soul go

Oh, where, oh, where did my little soul go?
Oh, where, oh, where can it be?
I don’t know how I lost my soul.
Seems someone stole it from me.

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 39 of our weekly series on the soul. I’ve mentioned before the books I’m reading (well, some of them, it’s a pretty long list) and tonight I found a video (see below) by one of the authors: John W. Cooper, author of Body, Soul, and Life Everlasting. He’s not Catholic, he’s Reformed, and Professor of Philosophical Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary. Now, I don’t usually read much about the Bible and/or theology that isn’t Catholic, but he doesn’t think the idea of the human soul is old-fashioned and ready to be consigned to the dung heap, unlike so many in the modern world, and I’m happy to use his book in our series. It’s inexpensive on Kindle and you can get a free sample if you like using the links at the end of this post. 

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