Sober Catholic gift opportunities

Lent will be here in just over three months (in 2021 Ash Wednesday is February 17th) and although it is not normally associated as a season of giving gifts, Christmas is, and that’s just over a month away. There are gifts that might be of interest to a person in recovery in your life (or …

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The Rosary for the Suffering Souls in Purgatory: Dying on the Cross

The meditation of the Fifth Decade of the Rosary, in honor of the Suffering Souls in Purgatory, Dying on the Cross. (For on how to say the Rosary, please scroll down to the bottom.) The soul nears the end of its journey. It faces its final purging, that of finally and completely casting off all …

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The Rosary for the Suffering Souls in Purgatory: Carrying the Cross

The meditation of the Fourth Decade of the Rosary, in honor of the Suffering Souls in Purgatory, The Carrying of the Cross (For on how to say the Rosary, please scroll down to the bottom.): Perhaps the biggest pains reserved for the suffering souls would be for the times they refused to carry their cross …

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The Rosary for the Suffering Souls in Purgatory: Crowning with Thorns

The meditation of the Third Decade of the Rosary, in honor of the Suffering Souls in Purgatory, The Crowning with Thorns (For on how to say the Rosary, please scroll down to the bottom.): Their journey continues. The souls move ever closer to their ultimate goal, complete union with God for all eternity. But still …

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The Rosary for the Suffering Souls in Purgatory: Scourging at the Pillar

The meditation of the Second Decade of the Rosary, in honor of the Suffering Souls in Purgatory, The Scourging at the Pillar (For on how to say the Rosary, please scroll down to the bottom.): The soul’s progress continues onward, closer to the Lord. It can see God afar off, but the vision is obscured …

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The Rosary for the Suffering Souls in Purgatory: Agony in the Garden

The meditation of the First Decade of the Rosary, in honor of the Suffering Souls in Purgatory, The Agony in the Garden (For on how to say the Rosary, please scroll down to the bottom.): A person has died. The soul stands before God and has been judged. It is found wanting, unfit for entry …

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The Rosary for the Suffering Souls in Purgatory

Today I am posting a series of meditations for the Solemnity of the Commemoration of All Souls. It is based on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary (Agony in the Garden, Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, and the Death on the Cross.) It does not depict what …

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Fifty-four Day Rosary Novena

There is a rather dedicated but powerful novena to Our Lady called the “54 Day Rosary Novena.” There are variations on it with regard to preparatory prayers, but I typically keep it simple and just state the intentions I’m praying for followed by the saying the Rosary. For the 54 Day Novena, you say 3 …

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Sober Catholic’s Facebook Page… (and a reminder about my books!)

Facebook seems to have done something with their Search algorithms or otherwise how they distribute Pages as for the past week or so I’ve noticed a huge increase in the number of “Likes” for Sober Catholic on Facebook. “Huge” is of course relative. Anyway, I would like to extend a friendly welcome to all the …

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Five First Saturday Devotions

For several generations faithful Catholics have had in their spiritual toolkit another devotional practice focusing on the Blessed Virgin Mary (which, as all Marian devotions do, leads one closer to Jesus). The “Five First Saturdays” were instituted at the request of Mary in 1925, during an Apparition to Lucia, one of the then only surviving seers …

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