St. Francis Mission Among the Lakota Part 3: Relapse and Recovery

This is the third and final part in the series of interviews with leaders of the St. Francis Mission, for background, see An Introduction to the St. Francis Mission Among the Lakota Q: The following link provides basic information on the recovery programs offered at the Reservation: Recovery programs at the St. Francis Mission. They …

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St. Francis Mission Among the Lakota Part 2: The Devastation of Addiction

This is the second in the series of interviews with leaders of the St. Francis Mission, for background, see An Introduction to the St. Francis Mission Among the Lakota We continue with the interview, this time the emphasis is on the culturally devastating effects of addiction. Q: The St. Francis Mission among the Lakota website …

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St. Francis Mission Among the Lakota Part 1: Re-evangelize and Heal

This is the first in the series of interviews with leaders of the St. Francis Mission, for background, see An Introduction to the St. Francis Mission Among the Lakota We start the interview by asking about the basic purpose of the Mission. Q: Your literature says: “The purpose of the Mission is to re-evangelize Catholic …

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An Introduction to the St. Francis Mission Among the Lakota

November has been Native American Heritage Month, and as a part of that I would like to bring to your attention the “St. Francis Mission Among the Lakota”, a ministry of the Society of Jesus (also known as the “Jesuits”- a Catholic religious order dating back centuries) and is located on the Rosebud Indian Reservation …

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9 1/2…

…years of sobriety for me. So far, so good as I trudge my road. Seen better times, been through worse. All in all, stuff is OK. God, grant me the Serenity, to Accept the things I can, Courage to change the things I can’t, and the Wisdom to know the difference. Know someone, perhaps yourself, …

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When Facing Overwhelming Odds

In trouble? Facing a foe bigger than you? Are you having to put up with junk that you’d rather not have to put up with? (This could mean anything.) Have no fear, for Judas Maccabaeus is here, and he has Heaven on his side! 1 Maccabees 3: 17-19: “But when they saw the army coming …

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Agony in the Garden

We all experience our own Garden of Gethsemane: Matthew 26:36-42: “Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said …

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The Four Last Thing’s Rosary for the Suffering Souls in Purgatory

Today I am posting a series of meditations for the Solemnity of the Commemoration of All Souls over at my other blog: The Four Last Things. It is based on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary (Agony in the Garden, Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, and the …

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(Almost) Feast of Matt Talbot

Today was the Solemnity of All Saints, the Feast in which the Church celebrates all Saints in Heaven, from the known (on the formal list, or canon, of Saints and Blesseds) to the unknown, (those who are in Heaven but known only to God). Therefore it occurred to me at Mass tonight that today is …

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