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St. Mary Magdalen

Worth the read for those especially who misunderstand this Saint.

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St. Mary Magdalen, Penitent

Mary Magdalen, so highly praised in the Gospel on account of her heroic conversion and fervent love of our Saviour, was born at Bethany, not far from Jerusalem. Her parents, as many authors say, were nobles. She had one brother named Lazarus, and a sister called Martha. When the fortune which her parents had left was divided, the Castle, or as others say, the borough of Magdalum, came into her possession from which she also derived her name. St. Luke writes that before her conversion, she had been a sinner in the city, by which some authors understand that she had been addicted to the horrible vice of impurity; while others say that she had given scandal to the whole city by her splendid garments, frivolous manners, and her unrestrained associations with those of the opposite sex. The same evangelist also says that our Lord…

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Ah! Another Challenge, Word Prompts

Classic Movie — The Well

Another prompt and or challenge from Saturday Mix AND see here for the instructions, this week we are dipping our toes into the pool of OPPOSITES. Our challenge is all about “opposing forces” and the use of antithesis in our writing. You will need to use the two opposing words in your response –
Our words this week are:
– unite and divide
– hope and hopeless

The above words, a challenge of four opposing words that come together remind me of a black and white classic movie recently published on YouTube. One of those edge of the seat stories, full of emotion; a story about how a people divided come together and unite in a crisis. A tale of hopelessness that wrought hope to a community in a racially mixed American town.

A 5-year-old black girl falls unnoticed into a hidden, forgotten well on her way to school. Having nothing better to go on, the police follow up a report that the child was seen with a white stranger, and rumors run wild.

If your time prevents you from viewing this lively and exciting account created in 1951, but so relevant today, add it on your bucket list for later.

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Why Blog why the Voice?

 

Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt for this week is the word “ORGAN.”

I had no idea that the word “organ” meant other than an instrument or a biological term. Not, until I check the thesaurus and found an entire catalog of understandings, such as the word “mouthpiece, or voice or channel.” Looking at these words, perhaps we could add the word “blogger” to it.

Speaking of blogging these definitions remind me of why I started a few months ago, last November.

My story began while caring for my dying husband after 50 years of marriage and my very elderly mother who passed away one year later after he did. It wasn’t till then that I found value in everything they wrote and left behind for me to pick up such as a list for the grocery store in my husband’s case; or my mom’s lifestyle she would write down random words, over and over, that she would not forget them. I discovered then when I picked up those pieces of paper with their words and saw the value in them. A little treasure, part of them, their thoughts!

Blogging, the reason why I write now, my loved ones hopefully will someday see what I yearn to say to them, but lack time to hear my words.
The second chance will ultimately prove words will evolve into that treasure. A treasure we all seek to find and hope never to lose.

Consider too, that you also are an organ, a mouthpiece, a voice to your readers and your loved ones. Offer them valuable advice, make them proud of your thoughts about life and how you coped with the experiences both high and low.

Comment below what brought you to this wonderful activity of blogging, knowing is always fun and gives you something to think about besides your next blog post.

SoCS

dVerse, poetry

My Confession in Haibun Poetry

dVerse is asking for a poem about one or all of the 7 Vices or Virtues and how our life has been affected. Do we see a complementary function between vice and virtue? Is there one, in particular, that has played a crucial role in your giving into temptation? Or one that has provided a valuable lesson?

My Confession of Time

Confession begins while pleading guilty of all, Pride, always the root. Yes, with each passing day the realization of “looking back” has already started, it is Pride, greatest enemy of my life! I demand, could this be the reason why I have been asking for humility lately? You see today I am older than yesterday, and growing old is a gift. TIME!
Understanding the use of this gift is to arrive at my eternity. To correct a sinful life, while that “stranger” the conscience is always nagging, “pray” it warns, for spiritual wisdom to know my sins and be sorry for them … why do I wonder?

Recognizing time —
a reality of Life.
Vice, Virtue our choice.
Eternity always there
on the mind ever-present.

Tanka Tuesday by Colleen Chesbro

Butterfly Cinquain on TRUTH

My post here is an acceptance of Colleen Chesebro Challenge Tanka Poetry; her challenge is to use the synonyms for the words “Inspiration and Plan” choice was “Thought, Vision are Synonyms for Inspiration and the words Picture for Plan.” This writing; is called SHAPE POETRY, a Butterfly Cinquain.

A thought
Never forget
Love of truth: pray to know
Truth is what is — everlasting
Picture!
A world without fabrication
Strong Vision to behold
Heaven on earth
Wonder!

Word Prompts

Reform = Viperous, in this case

BELIEVE IT OR NOT

It is suggested we write about “REFORM” see the challenge here:
The word “reform” is synonymous with words as “amend, rearrange, transform, remake.” Words that mean change and change is NOT always wise.  In the case of the teachings of Christ, it is detrimental. Which is why the Bible warns us of Vatican II, which addressed relations between the Catholic Church and the modern world in the early 60’s. Not just like that, however, the infiltration of the Church began centuries earlier. It is a well-known and documented fact that the agents of Communism began entering our Catholic seminaries as far back as the 30s to destroy the Church from within.

God who sees all things gave us this warning below which can be read in all accurate Bibles:  Look up the Second Epistle Of Saint Paul To The Thessalonians Chapter 2.

The day of the Lord is not to come until the man of sin is revealed. The apostle’s traditions are to be observed.

[1] And we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of our gathering together unto him: That you be not easily moved from your sense, nor be terrified, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by epistle, as sent from us, as if the day of the Lord were at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means, for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, Who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God.  Remember you not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

“A revolt”: This revolt, or falling off, is generally understood, by the ancient fathers, of a revolt from the Roman empire, which was first to be destroyed, before the coming of Antichrist. It may, perhaps, be understood also of a revolt of many nations from the Catholic Church; which has, in part, happened already, by means of Mahomet, Luther, &c., and it may be supposed, will be more general in the days of the Antichrist.

“The man of sin”: Here must be meant some particular man, as is evident from the frequent repetition of the Greek article: ‘the man of sin, ‘the son of perdition, ‘the adversary or opposer. It agrees to the wicked and great Antichrist, who will come before the end of the world.

“In the temple”: Either that of Jerusalem which some think he will rebuild; or in some Christian church, which he will pervert to his worship: as Mahomet has done by the churches of the east.    (Bible footnotes)

[6] And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time. [7] For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way. [8] And then that wicked one shall be revealed whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth; and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming, him, [9] Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, [10] And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying:

[10] “God shall send”: That is God shall suffer them to be deceived by lying wonders, and false miracles, in a punishment of their not entertaining the love of truth.

[11] That all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity. [12] But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved of God, for that God hath chosen you first fruits unto salvation, in sanctification of the spirit, and faith of the truth: [13] Whereunto also he hath called you by our gospel, unto the purchasing of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. [14] Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle. [15] Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God and our Father, who hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope in grace.

poetry, Tanka Tuesday by Colleen Chesbro

Free Wealth

My post here is an acceptance of Colleen Chesebro Challenge Tanka Poetry; her challenge is to use the synonyms for the words “Bewitch and Treasure“. My choice was “Captivate & Draw for the word Bewitch and Fortune, Love & Wealth for the word Treasure.” This is a Tanka a poem about “The Gift of Faith.”  Written for today’s challenge, July 10.

God’s most precious gift
Will captivate and draw us
Free fortune of love —
Acquiring this wealth of faith 
Priceless riches supervene!

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A Rare Letter

My 6 word story about this letter!

“A treasure! Overlooked, a second chance!

I Believe, BECAUSE -

It is rare today to find a Traditional Catholic who has not heard of Rev. Alban Butler, his writings of “The Lives of the Saints.”

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The photos here are that of two volumes dated 1833 that I possess. Butler

This beautiful letter I want so much to share now is seen printed at the beginning pages; a letter his mother wrote to him and his two brothers, just before her death. Guaranteed to bring a tear or two to the reader.
The grammar is just as she wrote it.

Lives

My Dear Children,
Since it pleased Almighty God to take me out of this world, as no doubt wisely foreseeing I am no longer a useful parent to you, for no person ought to be thought necessary in this world when God thinks proper to take them out. I hope you will offer the loss of me with a resignation suitable to…

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Word Prompts

St. Thomas Aquinas said so!

 

What would we do without Fandango who stepped in and offers us a Word of the Day,  to get our imagery working?  Today that word is “OBJECT”.

 

The Object of Man!
The last end of human life is stated to be happiness.
However, ignorance commits us to frustration; therefore, we must all pray for wisdom. The Summa of Aquinas teaches that we can see in the darkness if we look through the eyes of God.

Saint Augustine along with St. Thomas says that all men agree in desiring the last end (their object), which is happiness.

Every man is in control of himself; his acts are his own. The Summa continues … “Those who sin turn from that in which their last end consists: but they do not turn away from the intention of the last end, which intention they mistakenly seek in other things.  Consider how humans differ from irrational animals in this, that he is master of his actions.” Many times our free-will results with humans seeking for worldly things thinking it will satisfy them, they believe that the accomplishment of their desires will make them happy. Not finding this happiness because they look for it in the wrong place.
In truth man’s end, his object, which is happiness is to be found for the good of his soul. God is the ultimate object, the end of all man’s desires: and the possession of God by the soul is happiness.
How do I know this? Because St. Thomas Aquinas said so!