Holy Guardian Angels: You are never alone

Today is the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels. There is a tremendous comfort in knowing that we are never truly alone, for as the Collect from today’s Mass in the Extraordinary Form says in regards to these: “O God, Who in Your wondrous providence graciously send Your Angels to watch over us, grant that …

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A sudden inspiration regarding forgiveness

While praying this morning a sudden thought occurred to me regarding the concept of forgiveness. I do not recall by now where I was in my Morning Prayers and what triggered the thought. It doesn’t matter, really. I have struggled with forgiveness quite a lot over the years; what it means, do you ‘feel anything,’ …

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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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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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All things work for good…

There is a very reassuring passage from the Second Reading in today’s Mass for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Romans 8:28 “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Courtesy The Sacred Bible: Catholic Public Domain Version) Reassuring inasmuch as it helps …

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My soul is sorrowful, even unto death

One of my favorite saints, St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, once suggested somewhere in his writings that we should meditate on the Passion narratives of Our Lord on Fridays. Or was that St. Therese of Lisieux? Another favorite of mine, I’ve been studying her writings recently along with St. Max’s. I might get their suggestions mixed …

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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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Look at the Man!

Today was the Solemnity of the Triumph (or Exaltation) of the Cross. The Cross was a symbol of failure. Christ was condemned as a criminal and hung on a tree. One would expect His movement would just die shortly after. Humiliated, degraded, mocked, beaten and scorned, and finally given a grisly, horrific form of capital …

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