Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness

In this excerpt from the Gospel reading from today’s Mass for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time we read: Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Source: EWTN: Catholic Mass, Daily Mass, Catholic Mass Readings, Catholic Mass Online This is one of those …

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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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A fortnight of years in sobriety

Today marks my 14th anniversary of my last drunk. I sort of remember it, although for years I couldn’t recall the exact time (as in hour/minute) I took my last drink. I still can’t. I won’t bother with the details of my last drunk as I’ve written about them before. Question: “How’d I do it?” …

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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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The Year of Mercy and what it means for us sober Catholics

Some time earlier this year Pope Francis declared a Jubilee “Year of Mercy”. To quote an article from the Houston Catholic Worker: “In the ancient tradition of a Year of Jubilee, slaves and prisoners were to be freed, debts would be forgiven, land and possessions would be returned to their owners, and the mercies of …

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Fatima and Prayer

The Fatima Apparition that was to happen on August 13th was delayed by political subterfuge. As I said last year, Our Lady wasn’t to be defeated by a political hack. Along with the repeated request to return on the 13th of next month and to continue to pray the Rosary, Our Lady exhorted the seers …

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Prayer to be Merciful

There is a prayer that I have said off and on over the years, but this past month I have “taken it to heart” and have said it with more devotion. It is “St. Faustina’s Prayer to be Merciful”. This is the abbreviated version on the prayer card that I use: Help me, O Lord, …

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in all our affairs

We practice these principles in all our affairs, taking the vision of God’s Will into our lives asking, “Not my will, but thine be done.” When stumbling along the path, confused, angry, irritated or just plain lost, we recite: “God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the …

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Help Support Prairie Hoof Farm

It seems like there’s been a flurry of meritorious GoFundMe campaigns during this Lenten/Easter season. Well, there’s another worthy campaign that I am bringing to your attention… PLEASE… if you can.. support Prairie Hoof Farm by Kevin and Mary Ford in their attempts to re-establish their farm to the Topeka, Kansas region. The Fords: Kindly …

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Help One Dying Veteran Have a Home

The other day I blogged about my wife’s efforts to help the homeless, in Tents for the Homeless, and yesterday was an effort to help out the widow of a US Marine. Now I’m exhorting you to consider another Work of Mercy (which, as I said in my post about my friend the Marine Corps …

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