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About joyfulpapist

JoyfulPapist is an adult convert to Catholicism, with a passion for her God, her faith, and her church.

The Feast of the Holy Innocents

This article was originally published in 2010: Herod was furious when he realised that he had been outwitted by the wise men, and in Bethlehem and its surrounding district he had all the male children killed who were two years … Continue reading

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Life holds one tragedy – not to have been a saint

Almost a year ago, I posted under this same heading – in response to those who felt impelled to explain to the Church who could, and who couldn’t be called a saint. In that article, I was addressing those who … Continue reading

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St Eugene, first bishop of Ardstraw and patron of Derry

If your name is Eugene, Owen, or even Tyrone (from Tír Eoghain, the land of Eugene), then you probably know about the saint whose festival falls on 23 August. The following extract from Canon O’Hanlon’s Lives of the Irish Saints … Continue reading

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Word for word translation

This US video clip from LifeTeen has a good take on the new translation of the Mass.

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Do hard things

Right on the heels of what the press here called ‘the world’s first consumerist riots’ (they’ve clearly never heard of the Vikings), I came across a book called ‘Do hard things‘ by twins Alex and Brett Harris, written when they … Continue reading

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These are a few of my favourite things

The liturgical year, with its seasons and rhythms, gives shape and meaning to the year: feast days to celebrate, days of reflection,days of hope; days for penance, for mourning, for thanksgiving, for rejoicing.

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Is it always wrong to kill?

From time to time, the Internet sees vigorous debate about the morality of the Israelite’s – and by extension God’s – massacre of the people of Jericho and others. My stand is that we can’t just write off the bits … Continue reading

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Time for penitence

There is a powerful editorial in the Irish Catholic. It looks at a church that it says was unique to Ireland, and is now firmly in the past where it belongs. ‘‘Le catholicisme du type Irlandais” in many ways betrayed … Continue reading

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St Simon Stock and the brown scapular

I’ve been reading up on apparitions of Our Lady, and came across the story of the brown scapular, given in the thirteenth century to St Simon Stock of England.

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Repent; do penance; pray

On November 28, 1981, the Virgin Mary began appearing in the tiny village of Kibeho, Rwanda.  Among Our Lady’s many messages was a chilling prophecy. This prophecy of mass genocide sadly came true in the nineties when a million people were killed … Continue reading

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Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi, or 19 days after Pentecost; in 2011, on 1 July. Devotion to Our Lord’s physical heart, as a symbol of His perfect … Continue reading

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Lord of all, we kneel before you

H/T to Tim Drake, whose record of what was said is below. Also take a look at Fr Z’s blog. He says: “I think something like this needs some care to preserve proper reverence for the Blessed Sacrament.  I am … Continue reading

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Celebrating our Holy Father

On June 29th, the pope will celebrate his 60th anniversary as an ordained priest. To join in on the celebration, the Congregation for the Clergy, invited Catholics from all over the world, to offer 60 hours of Eucharistic adoration in … Continue reading

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No-one knows the day or the hour…

A couple of decades after the death and resurrection of Jesus, St Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonia to pull them up on a matter of false doctrine. They were certain that Jesus was due back at any moment … Continue reading

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A meditation for Holy Saturday

This Holy Saturday reading on the descent of the Lord Jesus into Hell is used in the Roman Church’s Office of Readings for Holy Saturday, with the accompanying biblical reading of Hebrews 4:1-13. The “harrowing of hell” and the rescue … Continue reading

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