Feast of the Three Archangels

On September 29th the Church celebrates the Feast of the Three Archangels, St. Michael, St. Raphael, and St. Gabriel. Belief in angels is required by the Church. Please see paragraphs 328-336 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church . St. Michael is a patron and defender of the Church and the chief angelic nemesis of …

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Dying and Persevering

From the Second Letter of St. Paul to Timothy: 2 Timothy 2: 11-12; If we have died with him we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall also reign with him. By dying with Christ means, I think, to die to the world of sin, to reject the world’s morals and values, …

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Mountain Climbing

Psalm 24 recurs frequently in the daily prayer of the Church known as the “Liturgy of the Hours”. The following excerpt appeals to me: Psalm 24:3-6; Who may go up the mountain of the LORD? Who can stand in his holy place? “The clean of hand and pure of heart, who are not devoted to …

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A Glutton and a Drunkard

As usual, I cannot pass up posting when a Mass Reading refers to drunkenness. This time Jesus had been called a drunkard! See: Luke 7:31-35; Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call …

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Have Mercy on me…

The Responsorial Psalm from today’s Mass on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time is probably one of my favorites for when I desire a conversion of heart and need to repent of something horrible and get right with God. Psalm 51:3-19; Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out …

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Our Lady of Sorrows

On September 15th the Church celebrates the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. This feast honors the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as the sorrowful Mother of our Lord, sharing in His sufferings and death. This was predicted in Sacred Scripture in both of the Gospel Readings that can be used in today’s Memorial …

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Triumph of the Cross

On September 14th the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. We read in the Second Reading from Today’s Mass, from Paul’s Letter to the Phillipians: Phillipians 2:6-11 Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. …

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Luke 1:49

The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His name. Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)”The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts” and “The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics”

Trials Permitted to Happen for a Reason

While randomly flipping through the Douay-Rheims translation of the Bible last night while in Eucharistic Adoration, I chanced upon this passage from Tobias (Tobit in the NAB. Please note that the translation in the NAB is very different from the D-R. If you don’t have a copy of the D-R, there’s a link to it …

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Happy Birthday, Mom

Today is the Feast of the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Happy Birthday, Mom! May all of you out there be inspired by her ready acceptance of the will of God in her life. Call upon her when you are struggling with God’s will. What it is, or if you know it, with getting …

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