Prayer for Virtue

Prayer for Virtue (St. Thomas Aquinas, Feast Day: 28 January) O Almighty and all-knowing God, without beginning or end, who art the giver, preserver, and rewarder of all virtue: Grant me to stand firm on the solid foundation of faith, be protected by the invincible shield of hope, and be adorned by the nuptial garment …

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Dying, One Day at a Time

Quite often you read or hear about how we Christians are supposed to keep our “eyes on the prize.” In other words, be mindful of death. (In Latin, that is “Memento Mori.”) We should try to keep our minds on our ultimate goal, Heaven, and remember that we will be judged upon our death. Doing …

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Visit the Imprisoned

Matthew 25:36: “…in prison and you visited me.’” “Imprisoned” can mean many things. It may oftentimes mean the literal imprisonment of those who have committed crimes. “You do the crime, you do the time.” And so people regard with indifference or contempt those who are in jail. While by no means suggesting that those in …

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Visit the Sick

Matthew 25:36 “…ill and you cared for me…” I feel that one of the tenderest and kindest things that you can do for another is to care for them when they are vulnerable, such as when they are suffering an illness. You’re putting your own health at risk from whatever they have, so in a …

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Clothe the Naked

Matthew 25:36 “…naked and you clothed me.” I volunteer in a thrift store. While I haven’t done all that much as there seems to be an abundance of volunteers that coincided with my beginning there, I have learned a few things. One nice thing is that they just don’t accept any kind of clothing for …

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Shelter the Homeless

Matthew 25:35 “…a stranger and you welcomed me…” This is difficult to write, never having been homeless. Came close at least once or twice, but that is not the same. I cannot wrap my mind around the concept of being without a home. A warm bed, a roof over my head, a place to keep …

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Give Drink to the Thirsty

Matthew 25:35 “…I was thirsty and you gave me drink…” Going hand in hand with “Feed the Hungry,” we are called upon to satisfy those who thirst. There is the literal, physical thirst that needs quenching. But there is also the spiritual thirst very much like the spiritual hunger I described in the ***last post*** …

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Feed the Hungry (UPDATED)

Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me food…” We have many ways to satiate hunger. Physical hunger is a harsh reality anywhere on this planet. Even in the so-called “rich” countries of North America and Europe people starve. There is also a hunger apart from the physical. There is a spiritual hunger, …

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Works of Mercy

Catholic social teaching centers on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. They are derived from the Gospel of Jesus According to Matthew, Chapter 25 verses  31-46, “The Last Judgment;” and Matthew Chapter 5, verses 1-12, “The Beatitudes;” as well as other parts of Scripture. I have blogged about these before when I speak about …

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Happy Bloggaversary to SoberCatholic

“Happy Bloggaversary to me…” “Happy Bloggaversary to me…” “Happy Bloggaversary to me…” “Happy Bloggaversary to me…” 🙂 Six years ago today, I started Sober Catholic. It was on Blogger wayback then, and in the Summer of 2010 I moved it to its own servers, thanks to Jerry Kohlbrand, the “hillbilly” (and one of my bestest …

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