Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary

Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary. Here is something I wrote last year about him: St. Joseph. 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 …

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Set things right

This excerpt of the First Reading from today’s Mass for Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent is from Isaiah 1:18 Come now, let us set things right,says the LORD. Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; Though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool. via USCCB. …

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Forgive and you will be forgiven

This excerpt from the Gospel for today’s Mass is Luke 6:37 “…Forgive and you will be forgiven.” via USCCB. Forgiveness is a recurring theme recently on this blog. It is one of the more difficult things that I find to write about. Elsewhere (not on this blog) I wrote: “This is something I’ve struggled with …

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Go as the Lord directs you

An excerpt from the First Reading of today’s Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent is from Genesis 12:4: “Abram went as the LORD directed him” via USCCB. Abram, later renamed Abraham, goes forth with the promise that he will be made the father of great nations with innumerable descendants. While that may be appealing …

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Love Your Enemies

In the Gospel Reading for Saturday of the First Week of Lent (I had meant to post this yesterday, but was having connectivity issues with the blog) (Matthew 5:43-48), Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, …

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Shall not die!

The First Reading for today’s Mass is from Ezekiel 18:21-22: “But if the wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live. He shall not die! None of the crimes he has committed shall be remembered …

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Asking God for help

I’m going to be lazy today and not pick from any one of the Mass Readings for this post’s Lenten reflection. All three are interrelated (they usually are) but today the commonality among them is rather important. Hence my laziness. 😉 Mass Readings for Thursday of the First Week in Lent 2014. They all involve …

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I’ve been interviewed on “Addiction Blog!”

Lee Weber, the editor and manager of Addiction Blog (where “‘a’ is for addiction” 😉 ) recently conducted an email interview with me! The link to it is right here: INTERVIEW with Sober Catholic on Addiction Blog. So, wander on over there and take a look! Lee will also feature the interview next week on …

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God, you will not spurn

The Responsorial Psalm from today’s Mass for Wednesday of the First Week of Lent is Psalm 51, a favorite of mine. It is also a favorite of the Church’s, as it appears often on Fridays in the Divine Office, and today is the second time since Lent began that it is used as the Responsorial. …

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From all their distress God rescues the just

The refrain from the Responsorial Psalm from yesterday’s Mass of Tuesday of the First Week of Lent reads: “From all their distress God rescues the just.” via USCCB. It is derived from Psalm 34:18. For all of us suffering from some sort of distress, these are comforting words. Just don’t forget the qualifier: whom does …

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