Claiming God’s Mercy

The Year of Mercy ended last Sunday with Pope Francis’ closing of the Holy Doors in Rome. (Obviously, this post is late. 😉 ) However, mercy is not limited to a single “year.” God’s Mercy is available to everyone who desires it and is easily found in the “tribunal of mercy,” also known as the …

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REVIEW of “Praying for Those with Addictions” by Anne Costa

Speaker, author and spiritual coach Anne Costa has written a new book and it’s for people who are affected by others’ addictions. “Praying for Those with Addictions: A Mission of Love, Mercy and Hope” offers a Catholic spiritual approach that would be an excellent aid for those coping with a family member or other loved …

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Divine Mercy Sunday

(NOTE: Portions of this post were cobbled together from earlier ones.) Tomorrow is Divine Mercy Sunday. It is a new celebration established by Pope St. John Paul II in 2000 when he canonized a Polish nun who had received messages (or “interior locutions”) from Jesus in the 1930’s. (These are an accepted part of Catholicism, although …

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Try and make amends before it’s too late

I blogged earlier today on The Four Last Things about an online friend’s sudden death. I won’t reiterate here what I said there, so please read that post. But given the nature of Sober Catholic, I will offer an exhortation to those who have yet to make amends to people they need to (or have …

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St. Faustina and Divine Mercy

October 5th is the Feast of St. Faustina Kowalska. She is the “Apostle of Divine Mercy” and for several years prior to her death in 1938 had received interior locutions from Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Lord commanded her to write her experiences. The resulting book, “Divine Mercy in My Soul” is a …

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Rogation Days

There is a pious Catholic practice I recently became aware of, even though it is over a millennia old. It is the service of the “Rogation Days,” which takes place annually on the Feast of St. Mark (the Gospel writer) on April 25th, and on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday preceding Ascension Thursday. I missed …

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repentance posting

OK, I did it again! Although I didn’t formally announce it, I sort of strongly implied that I’d be blogging daily during Lent. I actually may have come out and said it, I don’t remember. Well, no posts these past two days. {{{sigh}}} (The “I did it again!” refers to my annual Lenten pledge to …

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Do not deal with us according to our sins

The refrain from the Responsorial Psalm from today’s Mass for Monday of the Second Week of Lent is “Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.” See: Monday of the Second Week in Lent. Be grateful that we have a merciful and loving Father who will not “deal with us according to our …

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Forgive us our trespasses

Have people wronged you? Have you wronged others? Of course, you cannot go through life without experiencing either event. As much as we are loath to admit it, we have screwed over quite a lot of people over the decades of our lives. We can ask forgiveness. If it is not possible to seek forgiveness …

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A broken and contrite heart

An excerpt from the Responsorial Psalm in today’s Mass for the Friday after Ash Wednesday: Psalm 51:19 “A crushed spirit is a sacrifice to God. A contrite and humbled heart, O God, you will not spurn.” via Catholic Public Domain Version of the Sacred Bible. A crushed spirit is the person who is aware of …

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