What Should We Do

+JMJ+ Oh, so many things to share with you. I’ll limit myself to only a few in this brief post: a reminder, two videos, and some thoughts about what we should do. First the reminder. The novena to St. Joseph begins on Friday, March 11, ahead of his memorial on March 19. And be sure to check out the Notes and Links section at the end of the post for other stuff I wanted to share (including two updates that I found out about right after I submitted this post). Okay, on to the videos on the Ukraine situation (from a Catholic view).

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Book of the Month, Mar 2022, Part 9

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 9 of our current Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint and I’m using this book as my guide.  Come along with me and let’s become saints together! We’ve learned that Jesus gave us three spiritual exercises that not only will help us on our journey, but are actually necessary for salvation. That’s right: necessary. I have the impression that a lot of us don’t get to hear things like this being preached from the pulpit/ambo. But that’s no excuse. The truth is out there! (Couldn’t help it. Sorry, not sorry.) We’ve learned about the first two exercises and remedies for the three temptations: fasting and almsgiving. This week, the third exercise and remedy: prayer.

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Winners of the Lent Giveaway 2022

+JMJ+ Thanks to everybody who responded to the Flash Giveaway celebrating my three anniversaries.* I assigned numbers to the entries in the order received, then used the Google Random Number Generator to select two numbers. And here they are, the winners of the Lent Giveaway 2022.

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Book of the Month, Feb 2022, Part 8

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 8 of our Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint and I’m using this book as my guide. Come along with me and let’s become saints together!

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Book of the Month, Feb 2022, Part 7

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 7 of our Quest and our Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, by Brant Pitre. We didn’t finish with the book in January, so we’re continuing with it this month. 

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Book of the Month, February 2022, Part 6

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 6 of our Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, by Brant Pitre. We didn’t finish with the book in January, so we’re continuing now in February. There’s more in the book than I can cover in these posts. You can get a copy of your own in hardcover or Kindle ebook format using the links at the end of this post. View other parts of the series on the annotated Table of Contents page. In this installment: the Three Temptations.

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Book of the Month, February 2022, Part 5

“If repentance is the foundation of the spiritual life, the commandments are the entryway.”

Introduction to the Spiritual Life, 160.

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 5 of our Catholic Book of the Month where we are using Brant Pitre’s book, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, as our guide on our Quest for holiness and to become saints. Yes, SAINTS. Last week Dr. Pitre showed us that before we can begin our journey in earnest, we have to repent, but that is not enough. We also have to remove mortal sin from our lives. 

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Book of the Month, January 2022, Part 4 – First Step on our Quest

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 4 (and the First Step) of our sixth Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a quest to get more serious than ever before about the spiritual life, my spiritual life, and I’m inviting you to come along with me as I stumble my way along. If you ever felt intimidated by people who seemed to be further along than you are, you won’t have to worry about that here with me. Nope, not at all. Because I am a beginner, too. I have made all the excuses and put off my practice until I was too pooped to pray. In short, I have been a miserable disciple not worthy of the name. That’s why I chose it for my handle on social media, to keep before me my lack of progress and sincere effort and keep me humble. I’d rather read about spirituality any day than have to live it. I understand exactly how that is. That’s why I am doing this now. Time is short, the day is already far spent, and I ain’t gettin’ any younger! I’ve already landed in the hospital twice and the most recent time I was not expected to live. And STILL I have been a lazy sorry excuse for a disciple. 

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St Francis de Sales, Guide to the Devout Life

+JMJ+ Greetings! Here on the feast day dedicated to St. Francis de Sales I want to share some resources about this great master of the spiritual life for the laity.  Notes and links are at the end of the post. 

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Book of the Month, January 2022, Part 3

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 3 of our sixth Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, by Brant Pitre. You can get a hardcover copy or a Kindle ebook copy using the links at the end of this post, and view other parts of the series on the annotated Table of Contents page.

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Book of the Month, January 2022, Part 2

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 2 of our sixth Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, by Brant Pitre. You can get a hardcover copy or a Kindle ebook copy using the links at the end of this post, and view other parts of the series on the annotated Table of Contents page.

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Book of the Month, January 2022, Part 1 Introduction

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 1 of our sixth Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, by Brant Pitre. You can get a hardcover copy or a Kindle ebook copy using the links at the end of this post, and view other parts of the series on the annotated Table of Contents page.

I can’t help but think that it’s significant that we are beginning our new Quest on the day the Church used to celebrate as the Feast of the Epiphany, which is a day and a season. (For more about that, see my last post with notes and links.) Our Quest is to learn how to live as Catholics, how to grow in the spiritual life, how to let the Lord and His Church show us the Way. 

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