“These little ones” Wherein I may rant

+JMJ+ How many times has it happened to you? You reply to someone. online or in person, stating the constant teaching of the Church on some point, and WHAM! People turn on you with a viciousness that is surprising for those who call themselves Christians. They pull a Bible verse out of their hats and beat you with it. But their interpretation is not the interpretation of 2,000 years of Christianity. It is, however, the interpretation of many who have turned their backs on the Church and her teachings and are content to make up their own “Christianity” as they go. 

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Weekly Series On the Soul, Part 31 – Spirits

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 31 of our weekly series on the soul. Can you believe it? Part 31 of a series that was only intended for the month of November 2019, yet here we are. I reckon I’ll keep going with it for as long as I can find something that interests me about it. I hope it interests somebody else out there, too. As usual you’ll find notes and links at the end of the post.

Attention! We interrupt this post to bring you an important story. Like me, you may have heard about the Jesuit priests who were spared when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of WWII. But did you know about the Fatima and Transfiguration connections? I did not. You can read about it in this post by Myra Adams and watch the videos below for more.

The Transfiguration - by Ludovico Carracci
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Re-Reading the New Age, Part 3: Education, Bailey-Style

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 3 of the Re-Reading the New Age series. I’m tweaking the schedule a bit. As I mentioned in the first post in this series, I do want to write about other things (and you probably want to read about other things, too) and that will take time. So I thought about it and juggled things around a bit and came up with this.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 30 – Worlds Unseen

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 30 of our weekly series on the soul. I think I’ve found the next text for our series. I stumbled across a book this week while searching for Catholic books on the soul. As I was reading it I began to think I’d read it before but I was reasonably certain I had not. Then I realized that the author’s name was familiar. I wondered if he quoted Dom Wiesinger at some point since the text seemed so familiar. But a search returned no results. Then I looked at the index in Wiesinger and there it was: Lépicier, five times. Lépicier is A. H. M. Cardinal Lépicier and he published The Unseen World: An Exposition Of Catholic Theology in its Relation to Modern Spiritism in 1906, Wiesinger, in 1957. So I was partly correct, it was familiar, I just had it backward as to who quoted who. I didn’t expect to find any of the ones Wiesinger quotes so this is a happy find, for me, anyway, bookworm that I am. Notes and links will be at the end of this post.

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Re-Reading the New Age, Part 2: Education, Bailey-Style

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 2 in the series, Re-Reading the New Age: Education, Bailey-Style. Next week in part 3 I’ll begin taking apart the first part of the first chapter. Notes and link are at the end of this post. Links to all posts in the series are on the Table of Contents page.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 29 – Intercession

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 29 of our weekly series on the soul. Earlier today I was listening to a Catholic radio call-in show. The host was answering a question about the intercessory prayer of the saints, and some thoughts occurred to me. I made some notes quickly on my phone and decided to write about these tonight:

  • We who are in the Church are the Body of Christ.
  • We are commanded to pray for each other.
  • Our souls are immortal.
  • What does this mean for us as practicing Catholic Christians?
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Re-Reading the New Age, Part 1: Education, Bailey-Style

+JMJ+ In keeping with my new old schedule—On the Soul series Thursday, various and sundry on Monday—I’ll be posting my re-read of New Age books series here on Mondays. (Maybe I should subtitle it: If I’d only known then what I know now. And just so you know, this spot won’t be taken up completely with warnings about the New Age. I do post about other stuff, too. I already have some other post ideas that I’ve been meaning to work on.) As usual, notes and links are at the end of this post.

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Gone Fishin’, Back on Monday

+JMJ+ In case you missed it at the end of Monday’s post, I’m taking the week off. Posts will resume this coming Monday, July 20 and the weekly series on the soul will resume next Thursday, July 23. 

In the meantime you might enjoy some lectures from the Thomistic Institute in The Quarantine Lectures series, also available as a playlist on their YouTube Channel. Lots of other good stuff there, too. Also check out the Institute of Catholic Culture for a lot of good solid Catholic lectures. See their YouTube channel

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(Almost) Mid-Summer 2020 Blog Update

I’ve been trying to keep to a schedule and also keep types of posts separated. I did try, but then somehow I started overlapping. So I’ve thought about it and beginning next week: 

  • Monday posts will often focus on comparing authentically Catholic teaching with various false teachings including (but not exclusively) the New Age counterfeit spiritualities and Christs, but I’ll write about other stuff, too, as it grabs my attention and if I have anything to say. 
  • Thursday posts will be centered on Catholic teaching on the soul. False teachings other than those related specifically to the soul will be shifted to the Monday posts. 
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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 28 – Enemies

Update, July 10, 10:15pm: Errors corrected, hopefully. That’s what I get for writing and typing too fast and hitting publish too soon.

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 28 of our weekly series on the soul, entitled Enemies. And believe me, what I’m reading right now was written by an enemy of our souls. I’m talking about Alice A Bailey. Bailey wrote quite a bit about the soul in her books, and I don’t think any of it is compatible with the Catholic faith. Following her teachings would not be the path of discipleship in any authentically Christian sense, even though she did author two books on Discipleship in the New Age. Her teachings on Christ Himself are highly problematic, to vastly understate the case: the Christ is an office, not a person, Jesus and the Christ are not the same person, the Jews of the time distorted His message, yada yada yada.

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Tried writing with my eyes closed

+JMJ+ A thousand apologies! I tried writing Thursday’s post with my eyes closed. Oddly enough it didn’t work. My mind said write and my body said sleep. Guess we see which one won. How embarrassing. And annoying. (May have something to do with the migraine that I’ve been fighting.) So I will continue writing the post but it won’t be posted until later, sometime on Friday. I’ll also lead the Live Rosary on Twitter at 7pm CDT, 8pm EDT, on Friday. I begin with some optional preliminary tweets at about 6:45pm, the Rosary itself begins on the same thread at 7:00pm, then some optional closing prayer tweets, ending the thread at about 7:30pm CDT. Check out some of the past threads using the links on the Twitter Devotions page. You have a standing invitation to join us every Tuesday and Friday.

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One World, One What?

Update, July 8, 2020: I’ve been wrestling with the PDF of a book listed in the notes section at the end of this post. (I finally solved the problem, or at least figured out what the problem was. Go to the notes to read more.)

Peace, Love, and Unity, isn’t that what the One World, One Religion movement is really all about? Not exactly.

Oh, the messes I got myself into back when I was a New Ager. I can still see myself arguing with my Grandmother. “But aren’t all religions the same? Aren’t they just so many different paths up the same mountain?” My Grandmother didn’t know about the New Age (other than that the True New Age began with Christ and will end when the world ends, but I didn’t know or believe that then). 

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