Spiritual alchemy

The word “alchemy” is defined by my dictionary software as: “-An imaginary art which aimed to transmute the baser metals into gold, to find the panacea, or universal remedy for diseases, etc. It led the way to modern chemistry. [1913 Webster] – Miraculous power of transmuting something common into something precious. [1913 Webster]” In other …

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Lent 2017

Lent is upon up once again. That time within the liturgical year when Catholics practice more intensely the arts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Prayer is the act of lifting the heart and soul to God and becoming closer to Him. Although He knows our wants and needs better than (and before) we do, it …

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Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness

In this excerpt from the Gospel reading from today’s Mass for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time we read: Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Source: EWTN: Catholic Mass, Daily Mass, Catholic Mass Readings, Catholic Mass Online This is one of those …

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Take up the cross, and follow me

The Gospel reading for today’s Mass for the Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time is an appropriate one for a Friday, given the day’s significance as the day Jesus suffered and died. Mark 8:34-37 “And calling together the crowd with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone chooses to follow me, let …

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The ‘Nineveh 90’ Challenge is almost here! You in?

It’s almost here! One of the toughest spiritual challenges you might be facing outside of rigorous Lenten mortifications! And it begins next Monday the 13th of February! What is it, you ask? “We Sober Catholic readers are all about tough spiritual challenges! Tell us, Paulcoholic!!!” It’s the “Nineveh 90 Challenge,” of course! I blogged about …

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 Prayer Book for those Affected by Addiction

The Venerable Matt Talbot Resource Center recently posted a reminder as to the availability of a A Free Pocket Prayer Book. It is an initiative of the Irish Bishops. For the background, please see: Address by Bishop Noel Treanor. I got mine! The link for the download is in the VMTRC post. Get yours! Know someone, …

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Praying for our Church

NOTE: Originally posted in slighly different form in my “other” blog, In Exile, I think it would be of interest to Sober Catholic readers: It is safe to say is that the Church needs prayers. It always does in every century of Her existence for 21 centuries now. But nowadays people are thinking and talking …

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Spiritual prepping for Fatima and 2017 UPDATED (AGAIN!)

NOTE: Post updated AGAIN with a corrected link and additional items. Calling Catholic men (and ladies, too!) Fr. Richard Heilman of the Roman Catholic Man site has a challenge for you! Quote: “Inspired by the excellent program, “Exodus 90,” and all of the research that reveals it takes 90 days to replace bad habits (even …

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Sober Catholic’s TENTH Bloggaversary!

It was ten years ago today that I published my first post on Sober Catholic, “Hi, I’m Paul, and I’m and Alcoholic!” Nothing much else to say except I never really thought I’d still be doing this. My hopes and dreams regarding this were to hopefully reach out to those who were searching for some …

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The Three Hail Marys (UPDATED)

Today is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God on the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar. The dogma of her divine motherhood was proclaimed at the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus in 431. That she is the “Mother of God” may seem obvious as she gave birth to Jesus, Who is God, and therefore making her …

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