START HERE! Feb 02, 2024

Here is the video from the most recent podcast episode.

 This is also the first video in my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY3TQwhDF5zRnz2bhUqAMuw

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Progression of Prayer Jan 10, 2024

The Catechism teaches in Part Four (Christian Prayer), Section One, Chapter Three (Life of Prayer), beginning in paragraph 2700, that there are three expressions of prayer: vocal, meditative, and contemplative. (So in the Catechism there is a distinction between meditative and contemplative...

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Yesterday Dec 26, 2023

(Every year I write a poem about the previous year. Here's the poem for 2023.)

Yesterday— I thought my troubles would never go away.
But thank God it’s a brand new day!
Oh, say good-bye to yesterday.

Suddenly, things seem to be much more care-free,
And we live with much more certainty.
...

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Consolation from Scripture Dec 11, 2023

These are my "show notes" from Episode 36 of the EverybodySuffers.com podcast.

- - - - - - - - TESTING OF FAITH - - - - - - - - 

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
1 Peter 4:12

Count it...

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Mental Toughness in the Seven Sorrows Rosary Dec 06, 2023

It's been awhile since I wrote a blog entry, but that's only because I've been producing Podcast episodes. Of course, I could write a blog post for every podcast episode, but... {insert excuse here}.

In the podcast episode from December 7th, I talk about how to be a Better Dad by praying the...

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The Favorite Son Oct 22, 2023

(a poem by Carl Brown)

You may remember the Patriarch Joseph
But you may want to check your notes
He may have had a coat with many colors
But he also had many coats

He was robbed of his coat by his brothers
Who threw him down in a cave
Wondering why he had to suffer
He took on the pall of a...

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The Promises Oct 08, 2023

 

Our Lady of Sorrows promises that, to those who pray it, she will, "grant peace to their families."

She gave the following promises to those who pray this Devotion:

1.) I will grant peace to their families.
2.) They will be enlightened about the divine Mysteries.
3.) I will console them in...

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a Daily Seven Sorrows Prayer Oct 01, 2023

Mary, by your example in hearing and accepting the prophecy of Simeon, may I learn the virtue of humility, and live the Beatitude: Blessed are the poor in spirit, the kingdom of God is theirs.

Through your example of selflessness in the flight into Egypt, may I learn the virtue of generosity, and...

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4 benefits of fasting Sep 17, 2023

One thing we can add to our Seven Sorrows Rosary is fasting. Here are 4 benefits from fasting and 2 short reasons why we should fast. There are more reasons, but this is just a short list.

When I fast, here are some of the benefits I experience:

  1. I find myself thinking about other people...
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Six reasons to pray for others Sep 10, 2023

How do other people benefit when we pray for them?

What is the value of praying for other people?

In our culture we often hear people say something like, "You will be in my thoughts and in my prayers." I was talking with a somewhat agnostic Catholic who said, "It's nice that you call on God for...

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Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows Sep 06, 2023

Day One

 

Mary, through your life and your sorrows, you guide us through different stages of the Christian life. You call us to continual conversion, to trust in God, to grow in virtue, to pray as Jesus taught us, to practice the corporal works of mercy, to live the Beatitudes, and to...

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