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Ascension Press.


Ascension Presents.


American Minute.


Ave Maria Radio Program Guide.


Brant Pitre.


Called to communion


Cameron Fradd. Among the Lillie’s Podcast.


Cathechism of the Catholic Church.


Catholic Answers Radio.


Catholic Culture.org


Catholic Culture.com.



Catholics United for the Faith.

Coming Home Network.


Common Catholic Prayers.


Eternal Word Television and Radio.


Faith and Reason.




Fr. Leo Patalinghug. Plating Grace.   https://fatherleofeeds.com/

Hector Molina former pastor         http://www.hectormolina.net

Casting Nets Ministries -http://castingnetsministries.com/

Jeff Cavins former pastor.


Jimmy Akin – Apologistic


Fr John Riccardo.


Institute of Catholic Culture


Jennifer Fulweiler Podcast. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-jennifer-fulwiler-show/id944869051?mt=2

Kresta in the Afternoon.


Dr. Lawrence Feingold – Association of Hebrew Catholics

Mystery of Israel & Church

Matt Fradd. Pints with Aquinas podcast.


Matthew S. Leonard

http://matthewsleonard.com/ And The Art of Catholic podcast. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-art-of-catholic-with-matthew-leonard/id1017177745?mt=2

Dr. Michael Barber.


New Advent.


New Saint Thomas Institute.

Enrollment Open

Our Sunday Visitor.


Patrick Madrid – Evangelist.



Reasonable Catholic.   Matt Nelson -writer.

My Book Recommendations

Rosary Prayer Explained.


Salvation History – Dr. Scott Hahn.


Stations of the cross.


Strange Notions. (A conversation with atheists.).


Steve Ray – Apologist.


The Sacred Page.


The Word Among Us.


Tim Staples former pastor/Catholic evangelist


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Vatican News.


Word On Fire.



If you are just discovering my site, please be aware that I have had years of growth and I will be going through and editing posts pretty soon.  I know some of the content my not be completely accurate as it relates to the Catholic Church and her teachings.  I tried my best to be accurate at the time of each posting to what my understanding was at that specific time.  Please do not be afraid to ask me any questions about the faith and also to help me better my blog.  Thanks in advance!

In Anticipation of the Ressurection

Thinking on the Transfiguration of Christ. Matthew 17:1-9

Jesus takes three of the disciples up a high mountain and he is transfigured before them. His face becomes like the sun and his clothes become white as light. Then Moses and Elijah appear to them and Jesus is speaking to them about his future exodus.

There is much more that happens here. A cloud comes down over them, a figure of the Holy Spirit, and God speaks to the disciples saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Of course they were afraid and fell flat in their faces! Jesus comes and touches them saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”

How many times have I heard that in God’s word? “Do not be afraid!” Many times. And it seems like what the subjects in each story were going through was tremendous, terrible danger and uncertainty of their life and future.

I am going through anxiety and uncertainty right now. I may have to have surgery. That is scary. Will I recover? How will I recover? I will not be the same.

Luke 10:41–42 (NABRE): 41 The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. 42 There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

Before I started writing today I was reading a Lenten study by Bishop Robert Barron and the Word on Fire Catholic Ministries organization. Today’s reflection is on the Transfiguration and the anticipation of the Resurrection. Bishop Barron asks, “How does the reality of the Transfiguration and the Resurrection give you hope?”

My response:

That IS the hope! New bodies, no worries….I should be living in anticipation of this hope! Instead I often, most always, spend my days, hours, minutes, frustrated or anxious about many things. Things of this world that will ultimately not matter.

Though there are things that will matter. How we live out this present time on earth will determine our eternal and unending future. I decide my own fate by my actions and interactions with others. My inner thoughts and prayers determine these actions.

So, I can worry, fret, and be anxious, but there is no reward in worry. At the end of worry is an emptiness. There is nothing. Look at your hands! Nothing has been produced. NOTHING can be produced by worry. Worry is an inaction.

On the other hand, hope is an action. A positive action of the mind and will that produces something and it is good. It produces a hopeful anticipation for the resurrection. I can be hopeful of my own resurrection, whether it be a temporary repair of this damaged body now or the anticipation of a new body and an eternal life in Heaven that is permanent and forever!

Have hope dear one! Have hope. Live in hope!

2 Corinthians 4:16–5:8 (NABRE): 16 Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.
Our Future Destiny. 1 For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to be further clothed with our heavenly habitation 3 if indeed, when we have taken it off, we shall not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent we groan and are weighed down, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a first installment.
6 So we are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord.

Psalm 71:5
5 You are my hope, Lord;
my trust, God, from my youth.

Psalm 125:1–2 (NABRE): Those trusting in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
unshakable, forever enduring.
2 As mountains surround Jerusalem,
the Lord surrounds his people
both now and forever.

Anchor as Hope in Jesus — The promises of God are conceptualized as an anchor. Those who hold to the promises are then unmoved and stable in their lives in the way that a boat with its anchor out is stable and unmoved. Dictionary of Bible Themes-Author, Martin H. Manser

The Resurrection” by Carl Heinrich Bloch.

Intimacy with God

My friend shared this picture and it got the wheels to turning (thanks friend for sharing). At first I thought this was good, then I thought, “No, that’s the second most intimate thing.” My spouse and I pray in public. There are are some things that are intimate that no one should do in public or t.v. for that matter. I have to say that prayer is very intimate but let’s qualify this statement. This statement is absolute. A lot of absolute statements do not work when it comes to the body, mind, soul, and spirit aspect. There’s too much going on there to limit intimacy between spouse and spouse and man and God. One is the physical conjugal act of joining together with your spouse, body and soul and the other is the two souls and minds coming together. This an act of consummation. So to say prayer is the most intimate act doesn’t work. Consummation goes much deeper than that. All of it is brought together by God of course, prayer and marriage alike (if you are married and in a sacramental marriage). But….

Then this was where my husband Jeff rang in and said, “But that’s not even the most intimate thing we can do with God!”

What?!? Oh yeah! ….Man! So much to consider! Us humans and our backwards thinking. First things first.

We join with God intimately in the sacraments. Especially in the Eucharist, where we receive within ourselves the body, blood, soul, and divinity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Let alone the other sacraments like Baptism, Confession, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders. **Marriage should start here. ** After consummation with God. Then marriage. Prayer should be a norm of a relationship for certain.

But the intimacy is in consummation.

Our entire way of thinking is all wrong. It’s not us so much as it is God working in us. Marriage starts with the right matter and form. And prayer is initiated by God through the Sacraments, especially. He gives us the Grace that opens up our hearts and minds to Himself. Nothing is without God starting it. Nothing.

When you inhale, that’s God, when you exhale, that’s Holy Spirit. When we use our hands and feet to help others, that’s Jesus. That’s how I imagine it.

Everyone should read The Theology of the Body by Pope Saint John Paul II before they are even able to start dating! You may have a mind explosion if you read it! 😂Love it! Love it!


Marriage is so wonderful when God is at the center of it all. I mean, when God initiates it. Not us, but God. 😇😊😇

God is good! All the time!

All the time! God is so good!

Jesus Did Not Take My Place on the Cross

I started struggling with the whole notion that Jesus “took the nails for me” or that “ Jesus took my place”. What do we mean by that? I decided it did not make sense to me anymore.

Jesus could not have taken the nails for me or taken my place, because I would not have hung on a cross for my eternal salvation or redemption.

Now, I might have hung on the cross for a crime that I had committed and that would be fair. But to say that “he took my place” seems like I am putting myself somehow as an equal sacrifice for the redemption of my sins. Okay. So, maybe for my own sins, my death on a cross would have been a fair exchange, but not for my ETERNAL REDEMPTION (escape from Hell or the joys of Heaven).

We cannot redeem ourselves, nor can we say that Jesus took our place.

We are in no way comparable to Christ!

Christ was and still is the perfect sacrifice for sins and the redemption of ALL of creation.

We must receive His blood for redemption. As the Old Covenant (thanks to Jeff for this reference) stated that the “life is in the blood”, the New Covenant (which started at the Last Supper and ended at the Cross with the drinking of the fourth and final cup of the Passover meal).

The Spirit gives Life

John 6

48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; 50 this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

52 The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?” 53 Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” 59 These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

The Words of Eternal Life. 60 Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” 61 Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? 62 What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.”

The Spirit gives Life

So during the mass, the priest offers back to God our gifts that we, the Church, have offered. He says “make it [these offerings] spiritual and acceptable, so that it may become for us the Body and Blood of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The host and the wine do become the life blood through the Holy Spirit. They become the spiritual manifestation of Our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Whose spiritual body then gives us eternal life.

Jesus did not take my place on the cross, he made a way for my redemption through the cross. His baptism and resurrection opened up Heaven and his death on the cross fulfilled and replaced the mosaic covenant of the Passover Feast, in which the Jews carried out annually in anticipation of the Messiah.

The Messiah has come and so we keep the Feast!



Note: A Catholic priest holds the office of minister and has been ordained by a Bishop who has ordination in accordance with the Church Succession of the Apostles. Yes. The actual Apostles from the year 70 A.D. Our first Bishop was St. Peter. Jesus ordained the Apostles as priests. See when he gave them the orders to forgive sins, or what today we call Confession in John 20, “The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 [Jesus] said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. 23  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Jesus also washes the feet of the disciples, which is an ordination symbol from the Levitical priesthood.


Called to Communion

This is a YouTube video of the show “Called to Communion” from EWTN.

At the beginning Dr. Anders discusses what Martin Luther’s thoughts on the Doctrine of the Real Presence.

Bad Theology

Sometimes I get disgusted with bad theology. I heard someone singing, “You took the nails for me.” ” and took my place.” Took your place? Where? On the cross or in Hell?

For starters, you could not have been on the cross. It had to be a perfect sacrifice. Which was Jesus. Jesus did not go to Hell for all eternity either. Seems a little confusing.

He came in the flesh to redeem the flesh. By baptism he cleansed the waters and in the Eucharist we are privileged to receive Him.

The sacrifice on the cross was payment to God, an infinite being, from Jesus as infinite sacrifice, being that he was God incarnate. In fact, Jesus is an infinite and perpetual sacrifice. That perpetual sacrifice is offered daily at mass.

Jesus died that we could avoid an eternity in Hell not so we wouldn’t have to suffer. Because there is and will be suffering to pay for our sinful nature, the mortal beings that we are. In a real and mystical way we take on Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrected body at every mass, if we are not in mortal sin, that is. We do however do penance for our sins, but not in any way as repayment to God. But to show our appreciation for who Jesus is, our Lord, and what he has done for us.

We follow Christ’s lead in doing some form of sacrifice or offering, such as prayer and fasting to remind ourselves that we are not worthy except by taking on Christ’s body and blood or through Christ. Through Christ, is not just an imaginary phraseology either. Being in Christ is taking him at His word. Taking on immorality.

John 6:51

51 “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

Infant of Prague

What a story I have about this little infant Jesus of Prague that keeps coming up at random times in my life. We just “happened” to be driving by Prague, Oklahoma where there was a shrine to the Infant of Prague. Reached into a random Holy medals container at the Catholic Conference and pulled out a Infant of Prague. So of course I had to buy it. There have been many other “coincidences” like, two churches in New York that we ended up visiting on a trip (see pics below). Also, there are Saints that I admire that have a devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague. I kept wondering what it was about him that I was supposed to learn. I did know that St. Adalbert was also from Prague. Adalbert (spelled also Adelbert) was my grandfather’s middle name. So I am looking into Jesus’ Infancy more. This little Novena book will help.

Booklet published by William J. Hirten Company, Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Day 1. Jesus King from Infancy.

Love it! Love him!

Relics and sacramentals….A topic to discuss in the future.

Worship of God includes Sacrifice

Christ was a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 5:6, 7:17).             What is the order of Melchizedek? Not animal sacrifices but offerings of bread and wine    

(Genesis 14:18). Worship is sacrificial. You cannot just merely sing and pray. There has to be a sacrifice. A pure sacrifice. Which is Jesus. You cannot imagine a relationship with Jesus. You have to consume the Lamb. Read about it in Exodus. On the night of the Passover, the Angel of Death would pass over those that ate the Lamb, all of it, in fact. The Passover Ritual Exodus 12. Ex. 12 vs. 14 This day will be a day of remembrance for you, which your future generations will celebrate with pilgrimage to the Lord; you will celebrate it as a statute forever. Forever is forever to God. Jesus used the same word, Remembrance. It is a Jewish custom during the Passover to “bring the past into the present”. Jesus said do this in Remembrance of me. Then after miraculous feeding the 5000, Jesus was confronted about performing signs. John 6 vs. 30 So they said to him, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? 31 Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: 

‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” 

32 So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 

34 So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. 36 But I told you that although you have seen [me], you do not believe. vs. 47 Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; 50 this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” 

52 The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?” 53 Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
Let alone eating of it unworthily in 1 Corinthians 11 which says (vs. 25) This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. 

27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying. 

They were here eating without an examination of conscience. Pretty serious stuff!

1 Corninthians 14 Therefore, my beloved, avoid idolatry. 15 I am speaking as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I am saying. 16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. 

Note from Verbum App: The warning against idolatry from 1 Cor 10:7 is now repeated (1 Cor 10:14) and explained in terms of the effect of sacrifices: all sacrifices, Christian (1 Cor 10:16–17), Jewish (1 Cor 10:18), or pagan (1 Cor 10:20), establish communion. But communion with Christ is exclusive, incompatible with any other such communion (1 Cor 10:21). Compare the line of reasoning at 1 Cor 6:15.

Here I am Again Talking about Confession

So, next weekend is the Catholic Conference and I am looking forward to it. I will go to confession since I am such a procrastinator and do not make time for confession. The main problem for me starts with discernment.

Romans 7:7-12

7 What then can we say? That the law is sin? Of course not! Yet I did not know sin except through the law, and I did not know what it is to covet except that the law said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, finding an opportunity in the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetousness. Apart from the law sin is dead. 9 I once lived outside the law, but when the commandment came, sin became alive; 10 then I died, and the commandment that was for life turned out to be death for me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and through it put me to death. 12 So then the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Romans 8:6

6 The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace.

It has been 60 days since my last confession and I really have been feeling like I have nothing. I know that is a very bad place to be.

1 John 1

5 God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.

8 If we say, “We are without sin,” we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. 10 If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

My excuses are: “Well, I have nothing mortal, so I’m okay.” “The priest doesn’t want to spend time hearing my little sins, like cursing, when there are others that need to confess mortal sins. They need confession and I’m just being scrupulous.” “I know I don’t have to go to confession unless I have mortal sins or if it has been a year since my last confession.” I even considered committing a small sin so that I could feel more like I needed to go to confession! The words of Paul rushed into my head.

Romans 6:1

What then shall we say? Shall we persist in sin that grace may abound? Of course not!

Romans 5:20

20 The law entered in so that transgression might increase but, where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more,

I want to encounter Christ and his tremendous grace, in the sacrament of confession again so much, I actually thought crazy 🤦🏻‍♀️for a split second. Oh, Lord Jesus help me! But at least the above verse made sense to me, in a way that I had never received it before. Were others really thinking this as well? 🤷🏻‍♀️

So, the other day we, my husband and I, started eating in a new order. We are trying this one-meal-a-day idea that I saw online and heard about at work. I made a huge meal for us for supper. It was more than we were used to eating, but we were going to be trying to only have a Greek yogurt and fruit slush for very early morning breakfast and a large early evening meal. Where am I going with this? What does this have to do with confession? Nothing directly. It has to do with discernment. I’ll get back to our diet later on in this post….

My husband is practical and observant of the practices of our Catholic (Universal) Christian faith. I have had a weak start when it comes to the faith practices. I’m naturally an extremely shy person. I don’t like to sit still and sometimes I cannot sit still. And starting a conversation with a total stranger, that is a man, in a private room, and also a holy man does tend to make me nervous. But those are all excuses. I’ve done this probably 15 to 20 times now since becoming Catholic and I think I have it down. It’s the discernment. Discernment. Discernment. Discipline!

1 John 2:3

3 The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

I noticed on my calendar that it has been 60 days since my last confession and as I said before I thought I had nothing. I don’t know the examination of conscience off the top of my head. I’m not going to confession until I know I have prayed about it, discerned it properly, and gone through a good examination. A person should want to make a good confession and be totally honest before the priest that is in the person of Christ. Christ is there with us, so let’s get this right! That’s me talking to myself.

Philippians 2:12

12 So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 😂

I thought for a while about my sins. My thoughts deceive me. They wind around like this in the recesses of my mind…” That wasn’t even a sin.” “It could have been a mortal sin!” “I could be in mortal danger!” “No it wasn’t, you were practicing a new diet, a new discipline, and you did not over eat your ONE meal because it was bigger than usual.” “But what if I did indulge too much?” “I did have two beers the other night when I could have been done and fine with one beer.” See the problem? I don’t even know if my soul is in mortal danger because I have no discipline for discernment or for an examination of conscience! This is very concerning for a Catholic or it should be!

Romans 6:17

17 But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted.

Romans 6:18

18 Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.

So for a Catholic Christian that receives Christ in the flesh at Mass, confession is necessary!

1 Corinthians 11

27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying. 31 If we discerned ourselves, we would not be under judgment; 32 but since we are judged by [the] Lord, we are being disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

Starting today I will set out my “A Pocket Guide to Confession” By Frederick Miller on my night stand so that I see it and remember to do a daily examination of conscience. No excuses! Not even if I’m 😴 tired.

Another strategy I will try is placing the “Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues” Examination of Conscience (by Word on Fire) on my side table in the living room.

And finally, I will read this little booklet “Seven Daily Habits for Faithful Catholics” by Father John McCloskey right now!

Romans 12:2

2 Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Hebrews 5:13

13 Everyone who lives on milk lacks experience of the word of righteousness, for he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties are trained by practice to discern good and evil.