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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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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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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St. Maximilian Kolbe: martyr, patron of addicts, died 75 years ago today

NOTE: This is an edited version of a post previously published to “Paul Sofranko’s Blog” St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe was executed in the Nazi German concentration camp at Auschwitz seventy-five years ago today for being a Catholic priest. He was a Conventual Franciscan friar and Guardian (leader, administrator) of Niepokalanow, then the world’s largest friary …

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…if this chalice cannot pass away from me…

Continuing along with my weekly Passion meditations from (almost) every Friday, this last one on July 15th managed to get me only one more verse into Matthew’s account before stopping. Matthew 26:42 “Again, a second time, he went and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this chalice cannot pass away, unless I drink it, let your …

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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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Remember the lonely and the lost…

Today is Christmas, the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord. For many people it is a happy day, a time for family gatherings with lots of food and gifts and good times with memories to last. For others, not so much. Remember those who are lost today. Those who are lonely, have no family, …

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Daily Adoration

In the post Abiding in Jesus, I mentioned the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist. The Gospel reading that inspired the post gives me a good excuse to relate something that I’ve been doing since July 1st. Every day I stop off at my local parish and spend time with Jesus in the …

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Please help a USMC widow…

Yesterday I blogged about my wife’s efforts to help the homeless, in Tents for the Homeless. Today is another day in which I’ll be exhorting you to consider another Work of Mercy: (a common theme in the Lenten Missal readings…) Stephanie Price, Marine widow. Stephanie and her late husband met on CatholicMatch.com, where I also …

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Fled to the Lord

Esther was a Queen, and secretly Jewish and living in Persia. The Persian king Ahasuerus had decided to commit genocide against her people living in exile within his realm. She prayed to the Lord for deliverance for them. An excerpt from the First Reading from today’s Mass on the Thursday of the First Week of …

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