Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 23

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 23 of our weekly series on the soul. When I was a Buddhist, I could never quite accept the teachings on the soul, or, rather, the lack thereof. Not lack of teachings, but the teachings on the lack of a soul. Hinduism, in general, teaches that there is an atman (soul). Buddhism, in all branches with which I’m familiar, teaches that there is anatman (no soul). 

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Soul series research

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+JMJ+ I’ve been doing research for the weekly series on the soul, which has not only taken over the blog but my life, apparently. I’m not complaining. Far from it! Today I bought two inexpensive ebooks written from an Orthodox perspective on 1) what happens to the soul after death, and 2) the religion of the future. Now, by Orthodox I mean the Orthodox Church, Russian Orthodox in this case. Russian Orthodox Outside Russia. 

I have only read a little about Orthodoxy and that was years ago. It’s a vast field and there are snares along the way but I hope to avoid them, please, Lord. I know there are bad feelings between the Latin West and the Greek East and maybe those terms have a limited usefulness but they are of some use, after all. This is only a first foray into Orthodoxy in the context of my current project.

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Pentecost: The Holy Spirit, the real and the counterfeit

The Real Holy Spirit

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 22 of our weekly series on the soul. Pentecost is coming up this Sunday. There are some fine articles about it on the web, I’ll link to a few at the end of this post. They’re are worth reading. We need Pentecost because we need the Holy Spirit, alive and burning within our hearts and souls. How can we take part in and hope to win the spiritual combat raging all around us without the Living Flame of His Love in us, strengthening us, guiding us? 

Below is a video of Scott Hahn and Rob Corzine discussing the connection between the Ascension of Our Lord, which we celebrated last week, and Pentecost, which we’ll be celebrating this coming Sunday.

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“The Bible and the Virgin Mary” Giveaway

'The Madonna' by Giovanni Battista Salvi, called Sassoferrato

+JMJ+ (Note: Form is working now.) A short post tonight as I’m fighting off a cold and all I want to do is drink anotha cuppa and curl up with Miss Lucy Dawg under my trusty warm blanket with dawggies on it. Dawggies in Christmas sweaters and other wintery attire, I should say. (Everything’s better with dawggies, don’t ya know, even colds.) Today is the last Monday in May and my last post about the Blessed Virgin Mary for May, too. So I wanted to do something special. And here it is:

I’m going to give away my DVD set of the St. Paul Center’s The Bible and the Virgin Mary. It’s an open box and I already ripped it to an external drive, so it’s been in the optical drive of my Mac mini once and is in excellent condition, both the DVDs and the box they’re in are like new. Below is a video sample of lesson one to give you an idea of what the series is like. 

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Blessed Ascension Day

+JMJ+ I haven’t watched the Ascension Year A episode of the Mass Readings Explained* yet but I will in a few minutes—after I get a fresh cup of tea and the charger for my O2 machine.** (The weekly series on the soul will pick back up after Pentecost.)

Below, video, 6:02 excerpt from the Mass Readings Explained: The Ascension: Why 40 Days?

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On the Rosary

The Vision of St. Dominic, by Bernardo Cavallino, ca. 1640.

May is the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary and this is the third post of May 2020 related to the Blessed Virgin (not a series, just a post). Tonight I’m going to share a few passages from a book about the Rosary that a friend of mine shared on Twitter. (For the life of me I can’t remember if it was Mike or someone else now, sorry! When I find out, I’ll update this note.) The book is The Rosary Guide for Priests and People, by Fr J. Procter, FI, S.T.L., published in 1901. I do ❤️ good, old, Catholic books!

Now I’ve read before about the word “bead” coming from the word bede, meaning to pray. (I do tend to look up the etymology of words, a habit from when I got my first dictionary in the fourth grade, a red Thorndike-Barnhart hardback that I read every day after school. I wonder if it’s still around here somewhere. But I digress.) I knew that way back in the far distant past, people counted prayers by means of pebbles and by things resembling our modern day rosaries. (Or the beads connected by string or metal. The Rosary proper refers to the prayers and meditations, not really the beads.)

But the author mentions some things I didn’t know or at least don’t remember reading before. 

Bede is “the past participle of the Saxon word biddan, which means to pray. We have a relic of it to-day in the Flemish ‘bidden fur uns’ so familiar to the ear of the Saxon in his visits to Belgian churches, and in the German ’bitten’ and ‘bitte.’ A ‘bead’ was originally a prayer. To ‘bid the beads’ was to say one’s prayers. A ‘bede (or bead)-roll’ was a list of those to be prayed for. A ‘bead- house’ was an almshouse for beadsmen, a ‘beads man’ living there on condition of his praying for the soul of the founder. A’ beadsman’ might also be one who voluntarily prayed for another. In the ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ Proteus says to Valentine:

"When thou dost meet good hap; and in thy danger,
If ever danger do environ thee, 
Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers,
For I will be thy beadsman, Valentine."
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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 21

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 21 of our weekly series on the soul. I’m in the beginning stages of planning a new series or a new phase of the current series. We’ll see how it develops. In the meantime I’d like to share with you a video of Bishop Sheen. (Sometimes I call him Archbishop Sheen, sometimes just Bishop Sheen. Maybe it depends upon what I read last and how he was referenced in it. This video lists him as Bishop.) It’s one of his talks on the soul, appropriately enough. 

Video – Soul, by Bishop Fulton J.Sheen.

Thank you for visiting and reading. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, please stay safe and well, and may the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+

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Our Lady of Fatima and the Errors of Russia, Part 2

Bishop Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West

May is the month devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I’m doing a post each Monday in May about the Blessed Virgin. Last week I began to share something Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote in his 1948 book, Communism and the Conscience of the West. It’s just as relevant today as it was then. In fact, it’s downright prophetic. Here, then is part two of a two-part series on Our Lady of Fatima and the errors of Russia. I’m re-posting the link to the video of Archbishop Sheen wherein he talks about some of the same things he wrote about in the book. (You can read part one here.)

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Happy Mother’s Day 2020

+JMJ+ Happy Mother’s Day, y’all! It’s a strange day this year. Not only do I miss my mom but I haven’t seen any of my friends for weeks. True, I do stay home most of the time anyway. Chronic illness does that to a person. But I used to get out sometimes. Oy! At least I have a gazillion projects to work on and some new ones, too. 

One thing I’m looking forward to this coming week is a 3-day virtual retreat with the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. 

Join scholars Dr. John Bergsma, Curtis Mitch, and Rob Corzine for a free three-day event celebrating Our Lady beginning May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

Each morning will feature one talk illuminating different aspects of Mary’s role in Scripture and the Church.

Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and the month of Mary with this free retreat!

Enter your email [on the St Paul Center page] to be notified when each talk is live. Following the event, watch all talks through May 17. When you register, we’ll send you a bonus Scott Hahn video on “The Rosary of St. Joseph”!

This sounds so good! I signed up for it this morning and tweeted it out but only just now getting around to writing about it here on the blog. I hope you’ll get to attend. Check out the many offerings there on the St. Paul Center site. You’re sure to find something useful there. Online Bible study lessons, books, DVDs in their shop—and the new Quarantine Hub. Now that’s useful as all get out right now!

That’s all for now. I hope you’re having a happy and blessed Mother’s Day. Come back soon, ya heah? :) May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, now and always. Amen. +JMJ+

Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 20

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 20 of our weekly series on the soul. Today I was reading a post by Dr. Robert Stackpole at the Divine Mercy website and I want to share it with you. Seems a woman was upset about something written in Divine Mercy In My Soul, St. Faustina’s Diary. The woman took offense “about the way St. Faustina writes of the superiority of the ‘religious’ way to holiness, in constrast to the way of ordinary, lay Christians.” Here’s the part of the letter quoted in the post:

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Our Lady of Fatima and the Errors of Russia

May is the month devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, so I’m doing a post each Monday in May about the Blessed Virgin. I want to share something Archbishop Sheen wrote in his 1948 book, Communism and the Conscience of the West. It’s just as relevant today as it was then. In fact, it’s downright prophetic. Here, then is part one of a short series on Our Lady of Fatima and Russia. (You can read part two here.)

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 19

Four Temperaments

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 19 of our weekly series on the soul. We’re continuing our look at the idea of the four temperaments from a Catholic perspective with a video from Sensus Fidelium, a talk about how the temperaments relate to your predominant fault. At the end of this post there are links to more reading and a questionnaire to help you discover your own temperament.

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