Through Nothing to the Infinite: How an Atheist Lead me to God
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by paulcoholic
5d ago
An atheist leads me towards belief in God during a tumultuous time in my life through his use of vivid storytelling within a deeply imaginative universe. It begs the question of, “How can a non-believer help someone to believe?”  Saints and spiritual writers often say that God can bring good out of evil. Evil is ..read more
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The Surrender Novena
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by paulcoholic
5d ago
On Wednesday Morning I was rummaging through a box containing incense packets and I found a prayer card for something called the The Surrender Novena: Let Jesus Take Care of Everything. It is a Sacred Heart Devotion and hence qualifies for Sacred Heart Friday. Why is is a Sacred Heart Devotion? Because of this image ..read more
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The ‘Manual’ on the Sacred Heart Devotion
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by paulcoholic
1w ago
A long time ago during my reversion to the Catholic Faith I started seeking out books on the Sacred Heart Devotion since I had known little about it and my knowledge was superficial. In a bookstore in Utica or Syracuse, NY I chanced upon this book, which is billed as the original manual on the ..read more
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The Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and how I use it
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by paulcoholic
2w ago
Amongst the many devotees of St. Padre Pio, the “Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus” is a very popular prayer. Adherents are invited to recite it daily; during Pio’s life, it was to unite their prayers to him. Now that he’s in Heaven it is STILL to unite our prayers to him. We ..read more
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Sober Catholic Books UPDATE!
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by paulcoholic
3w ago
Recently my wife got me an early birthday present, Publisher Rocket by Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur. It’s a book marketing and research tool that comes highly recommended by pages and pages of Google and DuckDuckGo search results. I’ve only had it a couple of days and I am thinking I should have gotten it years ago ..read more
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On the basics of the Sacred Heart Devotion
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by paulcoholic
3w ago
This first “Sacred Heart Friday” post here on Sober Catholic is just a basic introduction. I can assume that if you’re Catholic and especially a sober one, then you pretty much know a lot about the Sacred Heart Devotion. Nevertheless, many people who read this are along different parts of the Road to Happy Destiny ..read more
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Introducing Sacred Heart Fridays
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by paulcoholic
3w ago
I know I’ll probably screw it up but I intend to write one (and maybe more) posts every Friday in honor of the Sacred Heart.  I have been thinking about doing this for quite a few years and for a variety of reasons that will not be revealed, feel that 2023 is the year it’ll ..read more
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16th Bloggaversary of Sober Catholic: How I stayed sober for almost 21 years
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by paulcoholic
3w ago
Today marks the 16th Bloggaversary of Sober Catholic. In honor of that, I’ve edited and cleaned up a messy note I wrote who-knows-when on “The Sober Catholic Way.” It is a summary of everything I’ve been doing since I became sober on May 22, 2002. Some I do better than others.  This was originally a ..read more
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St. Stephen and St. Paul: united in Heaven
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by paulcoholic
1M ago
I’ve always loved this passage from the Second Reading of the Divine Office for the Feast of St. Stephen, Protomartyr: From a sermon by Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe, bishop: Now at last, Paul rejoices with Stephen, with Stephen he delights in the glory of Christ, with Stephen he exalts, with Stephen he reigns. Stephen went ..read more
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You miss it more when you’re deprived of it
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by paulcoholic
1M ago
I live in western New York State, near Lake Erie. We’ve been getting pummeled with a literal blizzard: high winds, snow, frigid temps. There are travel bans all over and as a result we were not able to get to the Vigil Mass for Christmas today. Chances are bleak for getting to any Mass on ..read more
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