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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Novena to St. Maximilian Kolbe begins today!

Reblogged from last year: Today begins a novena to St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, one of my favorite saints for a myriad of reasons. One of them, and not the primary one, even, is his patronage of addicts. He was not an addict himself, but the Church in Her thinking has anointed him for that role …

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Cemetery Devotion for November

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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Novena to St. Maximilian Kolbe for Alcoholics and Addicts

Today begins a novena to St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, one of my favorite saints for a myriad of reasons. One of them, and not the primary one, even, is his patronage of addicts. He was not an addict himself, but the Church in Her thinking has anointed him for that role by virtue of his …

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We should have a daily familiarity with death, a daily desire for death

An excerpt from the Second Reading from the Divine Office for the Feast of All Souls: by St Ambrose, a book on the death of his brother Satyrus “Let us die with Christ, to live with Christ” “We should have a daily familiarity with death, a daily desire for death. By this kind of detachment …

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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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Four Daily Rosaries for your needs

Last Friday, August 10, 2018, I chanced to watch the Daily Mass on EWTN. There was a very interesting homily given by a parish priest, the Rev. Msgr. Beaubrun Ardouin, from St. Leo’s Parish in Irvington, New Jersey. He was leading his parishioners, mostly the members of the parish’s Rosary Society, on a pilgrimage to …

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A wonderful book suggestion for you: My Ideal, Jesus, Son of Mary

I am going to recommend a book for my Sober Catholic readers; I’ve read it as a daily devotional several times already, especially during January, May and October. It is My Ideal, Jesus, Son of Mary by Fr. Emile Neubert. Written in the style of “The Imitation of Christ,” with a dialogue between Jesus and …

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Way, Truth, Life

In the Gospel according to St. John (Ch. 14, V. 6), Jesus says “…I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life…” (Courtesy Sacred Bible: Catholic Public Domain Version) Jesus is our Master, but if we exert our self, as in our self-will and self-love, Jesus ceases being the Way. We are our own …

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Where have they taken my Lord?

I’m off to morning Mass in a half hour or so, and then I will stay afterwards in our parish’s Adoration Chapel and adore Jesus, truly Present in the host exposed in the monstrance. He had been reposed since last Wednesday evening, so I have been unable to visit and see Him. I feel a …

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