He left everything and followed him

In this excerpt from the Gospel for today’s Mass for the Saturday after Ash Wednesday we read in Luke 5:27-28 And after these things, he went out, and he saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the customs office. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving behind everything, rising up, he followed …

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A heart contrite and humbled you will not spurn

Continuing on with the “heart” theme with the Daily Mass Readings, this excerpt from the Responsorial Psalm for today’s Mass for the Friday after Ash Wednesday is “A contrite and humbled heart, O God, you will not spurn.” (Psalm 51:19) Courtesy Sacred Bible: Catholic Public Domain Version This is a wonderful testimony, and offers hope …

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The heart turns away…

Continuing along with the theme of yesterday’s post, we read in this excerpt from the First Reading of today’s Mass for Thursday after Ash Wednesday “…But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them…” (Deuteronomy 30:17) Keep God in the center of …

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In the heart

In this excerpt from the First Reading from today’s Mass for Ash Wednesday we read: “…rend your hearts and not your garments.” (Joel 2:13) As I said a few days ago “I have been reading quite a lot of Marian spirituality and theology over the past few years.” My interior life has grown as a …

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Lent 2018

Lent begins tomorrow, February 14th. One of the annual things here on Sober Catholic is my sharing with you a useful resource on having a fruitful Lenten season. Please go here: Praying Lent 2018 by Creighton University Online Ministries Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at …

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Consecration of Sober Catholic to Mary

This blog has a new patron. As today is February 11th, traditionally the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (and the World Day of the Sick), I have decided to consecrate Sober Catholic to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I have mentioned previously (most recently today, in Our Lady of Lourdes/World Day of the Sick) that …

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Our Lady of Lourdes/World Day of the Sick

This is a story about a Marian feast day, its significance; a saint and what he did with it; and what all this meant for yours truly. Today is February 11th, the 160th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition to St. Bernadette Soubirous in a grotto near Lourdes, France in 1858. The apparition was significant in …

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A note to email and feed subscribers…

Just a little while ago you received in your inbox or feed reader a Sober Catholic post entitled “Consecrating Sober Catholic to Mary.” That was published my mistake; I had accidentally clicked on the “Publish” button in the blog’s draft editor. This explains why the post, although long, ended abruptly. I hope to finish the …

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Sober Catholic named a “Top ‘Sober Living’ Blog!

I received an email last week from Anuj Agarwal, the founder of FeedSpot, a blog feed service. According to their panel, Sober Catholic is one of the Top 60 “Living Sober” Blogs!!! (I came in at Number 11!) Thank you so much, I am honored by the recognotion. Congratulations are also in order for my …

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Belated bloggaversary

Today marks the second week anniversary of Sober Catholic’s 11th Bloggaversary. (I began this blog on January 5, 2007.) Something may be happening with it on February 11th. I’m praying about it meditating on the implications and responsibilities. Stay tuned. Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look …

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