This is enough, O LORD! Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers

The First Reading for the Mass for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) is from 1st Book of  Kings Chapter 19, verses 4-8; Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert,until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it. He prayed for death saying:“This is enough, O LORD! Take my life, for I am …

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Susan Tassone: Apostle of Purgatory

Susan Tassone is an author of several books on Purgatory, notably prayerbooks to the Holy Souls suffering the fires of purgation. One of my annual rituals is to use her book Thirty-Day Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory every November, as that is the month dedicated to the dead. The book itself is very useful …

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Plenary Indulgence for Cemetery Visits in November Extended

Every year in late October or very early November I publish a post regarding a plenary indulgence granted to the faithful who: “A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who, -on any and each day from November 1 to 8, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, …

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A word on Suffering and Providence

The year 2019 is three weeks old. It has not been a good year for me so far. I will not go into details apart from sufferings from bad weather and extended power outages, some trouble with family members that required the attention of police, and transportation issues. May as well toss in some health …

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Visits to the Cemetery

This is an annual post on a fruitful pious devotion for November: Catholic Culture has an excellent article regarding a very beneficial pious activity that can aid in your own spiritual progression. It also is a good reminder of where we’ll end up someday. (A grave. Morbid, true, but you wouldn’t be here unless you’re …

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Pope Leo XIII’s Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

To assist everyone in the daily Spiritual Warfare we will be facing, I am posting the text of the PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL:. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O …

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The bruised reed

One of my favorite passages in Scripture popped up today in the First Reading for the Mass for Monday of Holy Week: Isaiah 42:3 “The bruised reed he will not break, and the smoldering wick he will not extinguish.” Courtesy: Sacred Bible: Catholic Public Domain Version We alcoholics are bruised reeds, and remain so long …

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Forgiveness and the Adversary

The concept of “forgiveness” has been on my mind recently, especially after this post. Obviously it is something that I’ve struggled with. The following comprises a summation of my recent internal debates. OK, forgiveness… what does that mean? In the context of this blog, it will be in connection with the Catholic Faith. And thus …

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I sought the Lord and he answered me

An excerpt from the Responsorial Psalm for the Mass for Tuesday of the First Week of Lent: (Psalm 34:5) I sought the Lord, and he heeded me, and he carried me away from all my tribulations. Courtesy Sacred Bible: Catholic Public Domain Version Seek the Lord and you will find Him. Perhaps not in the …

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Death as a passage

What do you think of death? Is it something to be feared, avoided and denied? Like many people do you ignore it and hope it never bothers you? I have had a relationship with death stretching back to my childhood. Not that I lost anyone close to me during that time, but I feared that …

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