Incarnation, Transubstantiation and Faith

Today’s blogpost, Bread from Heaven, reminded me of an earlier one I had written covering the same Gospel passage: “Does this Shock You?” The great stumbling block to the disbelieving Jews in the passage, along with skeptics of Catholic teaching on the Eucharist today, is that how can the Eucharist be really Jesus, and not …

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Bread from Heaven

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and without Him there can be hardly any true sustenance for you to get through the meanness of daily life and the offerings of the secular world. The Gospel Reading from today’s Daily Mass says so: John 6:30-35: “The crowd said to Jesus:‘What sign can you …

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When He was insulted, He returned no insult; when He suffered, He did not threaten

The following passage from the First Letter of St. Peter speaks of a difficult, challenging but ultimately liberating attitude towards authority. Particarly if you’re having a bad time with it (authority) and have suffered justly or unjustly at the hands of it. Alcoholics have a particular need for this passage as there is a residual …

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Be Sober, Calm and Vigilant

Today’s First Reading from the Office of Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours has a nice exhortation to us alcoholics ( well, anyone, really): 1 Peter 5:8-9: “Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for (someone) to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that …

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My Parent's Wedding Anniversary

My parent’s were married on April 15th. The year 1937 to be exact. They were married 58 years when my father passed away in 1995. I do believe that they are in heaven and have interceded for me on a number of occasions. No proof, just a feeling. I also believe that relationships do not …

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Brief blogging break

I think I blogged daily, sometimes multiple times a day, since the beginning of Lent. I’m going to take a short break from blogging. Just for a few days. See you later in the week. Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)”The …

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Seek what is above

Today is Easter Sunday, and the Second Reading from today’s Mass reminds us as to where our attention and thoughts should be: Col 3:1-4: “Brothers and sisters: If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of …

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Holy Saturday: A great silence and stillness

This is the Second Reading from the Office of Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours for Holy Saturday. It is also, in my opinion, one of the “coolest” of all the ancient texts. It is a traditional teaching (backed up by the Creed) that Jesus descended to the dead between His death and Resurrection …

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Holy Thursday: The Mass of the Lord's Supper

Today is Holy Thursday. A re-post from a few years ago: The Mass of the Lord’s Supper: a Model to Follow 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 …

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Easter blog posting update

I’ve read the Mass readings for tomorrow (Wednesday of Holy Week), and offhand I can’t come up with anything to post about them. Something may come to me, like in the past when I’ve stared at a blank screen and then “BOING”, inspiration. But as of now, there may be no Lenten blogpost for tomorrow. …

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