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Saint Magnus: The Last Viking, by Susan Peek – Book Review

Saint Magnus I must admit that I had never heard of Saint Magnus, until I read Saint Magnus: The Last Viking, by Susan Peek. With this action-packed novel, set around 1,000 A.D., we find a dual hierarchy established on the deathbed of the monarch Thorfinn. Rather than leaving his throne to his eldest son, he creates a dual hierarchy, where both of his sons, Erland and Paal, are to rule over the Orkney homeland together. Tensions rise as the brother’s descendants seethe in animosity for each other. Hakon, the son of Paal is a troublemaker; whereas Aerling, the son of Erland, Continue reading

Piety Pointers at Your Service!

September 30, 2015

stand in awe

Piety Pointers

We could all use some. So here is my little list to share with you. Perhaps you have additional ones to add to this list. If so, please share with the group:

Have reverence for God by worshiping Him

By reverence, I mean to hold God in awe, recognizing His omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (all present) Being. Have respect for God, and all that He is, when worshipping Him. Be on time for church services. Dress modestly in church. Actively participate in church services (be fully present in mind and body). Revere the silence of Continue reading

What Does Being Pious Do For You?

September 28, 2015

pious Pious behavior must pertain to somebody else, and not you or me, right? Hmm…No, think again! I’m talking to you and to me. We all have the capability of being pious, because we each were gifted with piety at our Confirmations, when the Holy Spirit descended upon us and bestowed His seven gifts, of which Piety is one of them. You say, “all well and good, but what’s in it for me to be holy, a.k.a. pious? How is being pious any fun?” Let me share with you Pope Francis’ brief catechesis on piety, and I’ll highlight a couple of Continue reading

Real Thing is Irresistible: 3 Day Quote Challenge, Day 3

September 23, 2015

beacon of lightReal Thing is Irresistible

What’s the real thing you might ask? Well, actually the real thing is holiness, or piety! “Huh,” you say, “who would have thought?” In our Three Day Quote Challenge, of which I was nominated to take by Melanie Jean Juneau of Joy of Nine9, we are on the final day of the challenge. My thanks to Melanie for giving me this challenge.

The rules of this challenge:

  1. Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  2. Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post. Continue reading

Do You Want to Go to Heaven?

September 23, 2015

Heaven

Heaven

How often do you think about it? Do you ever wonder what it is going to be like? Mansions in the sky? A feast to top all feasts? Whatever your concept of Heaven might be, there is something that you need to be working on right now if you ever want to see it: developing the virtue of Piety, in the here and now. Piety is both a gift from the Holy Spirit and a virtue. To be pious, or in other words, to possess piety, means that you are holy, or saintly, in your thoughts words and deeds. Continue reading

Holiness is Achievable – 3 Day Quote Challenge, Day 2

September 22, 2015

Holy MomentsHoliness is achievable for you!

Do you believe me, or do you buy into the greatest lie ever told?

Holiness is not possible…is the greatest lie that we tell ourselves.” – Matthew Kelly, renowned Catholic public speaker, Dynamic Catholic

I thought this to be an appropriate quote to share for the second of three days in meeting the Three Day Quote Challenge offered to me by Melanie Jean Juneau of Joy of Nine9. Thanks Melanie for this challenge. I am having a lot of fun with it, addressing the virtue of piety that begins at home (day Continue reading

Pray for Holiness: 3 Day Quote Challenge, Day 1

September 21, 2015

AFamilyThatPraysTogetherMelanie Jean Juneau, of Joy of Nine 9, noted for her sense of humor, and motherly skills, has tagged me for the Three Day Quote Challenge. I’m always up for a challenge, so thanks Melanie for the honor of participating in this little endeavor to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The rules of this challenge:

  1. Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  2. Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Being one to blog about the virtues, of Continue reading