Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 44

Hope you had a blessed Feast of the Most Sacred Heart โ™ฅ๏ธ of Jesus!  

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

One of the most difficult books in the Bible to spell correctly. ๐Ÿ™‚
Guilty! ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‰
This meme for the win. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Praise God for the recent SCOTUS decision!!
An odd but a fun combo. Check out my Muffin Gate Saga after this post. ๐Ÿ™‚
Love Noah’s Ark humor. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
Should have used holy salt instead.
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Let’s end with a classic Moses meme. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ™‚

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Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 42

Hope you had a blessed Pentecost!ย ๐Ÿ™

Time for anotherย Catholic Meme Monday.

Some post-Pentecost humor! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ๐Ÿ™
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Love this meme template. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
Make it as easy as possible to access the Bible.
One of these is not like the others. ๐Ÿ˜†
Sums up my life. ๐Ÿ‘†
Thankfully I have listened to the Holy Spirit lately. ๐Ÿ™
Soooooo accurate! ๐Ÿ˜†๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ
The Sacrament of Penance transforms and heals you.
Gotta end with a classic Rosary meme. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚

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Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 41

Hope you had a blessed weekend! ๐Ÿ™

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

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Dad jokes were always funny. ๐Ÿ˜†
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Guilty of this! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ˜†
An excellent visual on intercessory and direct prayer. Both are important.๐Ÿ™
Coffee โ˜• is a sign of God’s creativity and goodness.
Holiness. Never a dull moment.
Every time! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿค๐Ÿ˜†
Meme credit: @litcatholicmemes

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Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 40

Hope you had a blessed weekend! ๐Ÿ™

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

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Punctuation matters. ๐Ÿ™‚
God bless Pope Francis!
Too funny not to share. ๐Ÿ˜†
Great reminder!
Source: Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Sioux Falls.
We pick Matthias!
Last week was LONNNNNGGG.
I’m guessing it was a typo and the name was *Chris*
But it’s still hilarious.
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On a punny note Christ will return on the Father’s accord.
Religious order humor.

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Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 39

Hope you had a blessed Good Shepherd Sunday! ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ‘ โค๏ธ

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

Our own will complicates God’s plan.
Give Jesus your heart and you will be transformed. โค๏ธ
A biblical dad joke. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚
Not a meme but I wanted to share this beautiful image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜Š
Rosary humor. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜Š
Likely one of my kids. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚
โœ‰๏ธ Even sending emails are an opportunity for holiness!
Prayer is communication with God and a means to help your neighbor.

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Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 38

Hope you had a blessed Second Sunday in the Easter Season and Divine Mercy Sunday! ๐Ÿ™ ๐ŸŒฟ โค๏ธ

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

Saint Mark pray for us!
Jesus I trust in You. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
Not necessarily a meme but news I wanted to share with you all. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚
Font matters. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜Š
Absolutely love this diagram.
This is accurate. ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ™
I feel convicted. **Proceeds to share Wordle boxes**
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Truth bomb ๐Ÿ’ฅ by Chesterton.
Yes!!!
I post this as a reminder to myself. ๐Ÿงผ ๐Ÿงบ
Love the Easter Season!!!
Proclaim it loud and joyfully.

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Will Our Resurrected Bodies Grant Us Superpowers?

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Superheroes are a huge part the American culture. In recent years, blockbusters like The Avengers franchise and Superman v. Batman along with television shows such as The Flash headline our entertainment. I am a huge fan of the Flash! I love his panoply of abilities: super speed, phasing, and time travel. However, at the end of the day, these characters are still human–just with amplified powers. Each Easter season I ponder the mystery of the Resurrected body of Jesus. Nearly every Sunday during Easter, the Gospel reading talks about the Apostles’ encounter with the Resurrected Lord!

Please do not misinterpret this post’s title. I am not trying to equate the resurrected body with a superhero from a comic book. What I want to reflect on today is what exactly can we deduce are the qualities of the resurrected body as evidenced in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition (ex: Thomas Aquinas).

Powers of the Resurrected Body

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Here are four properties of the Resurrected body as outlined by Saint Thomas Aquinas in Summa Contra Gentiles IV, 86 and supported by Scripture:


Impassibility (Incorruptible)

Saint Paul states in 1 Corinthians 15:42, ” So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.” St. Thomas builds on this to mean that the resurrected body is not subject to deterioration from disease and death.

Subtlety (Phasing)

St. Thomas uses the term subtlety which refers to the ability to pass through material objects. While still being material, the resurrected body is able to pass or phrase through things. The prime example is Jesus passing through the closed and locked doors in John 20:19.

Agility (Super speed)

We get a hint at this ability through Jesus’ miracle of walking on the water [this is pure speculation– his movement was so quick he was able to move across water with ease]. One of the more famous post-resurrection appearance instances of agility is when Jesus leaves suddenly in the Emmaus episode in Luke 24:13-35.

Clarity (Brightness)

According to Thomas Aquinas, โ€œThe bodies of all men alike will be organized as befits the soul, so that the soul shall be an imperishable form giving imperishable being to the body, because to this effect the power of God will entirely subject the matter of the human body to the human soul” (Summa Contra Gentiles IV, 86). He also cites Matthew 13:43 which states the just will shine brilliantly in the kingdom of God. Because this quality of the resurrected body is the vaguest for me, I am not going to deviate from Thomas Aquinasโ€™ words. I encourage you to read more about this quality in Summa Contra Gentiles.


There is so much more to ponder when it comes to the nature and qualities of the resurrected bodies of both Christ and the saints. However, I will want to wrap up this post before I get too speculative in my theology. To be honest this past year, I have become enamored with superheroes of all sortsโ€”in particular DC Comicsโ€™ The Flash. I often joke with my wife how cool it would be to acquire the power of the Speed Force and don the mantel of the Scarlet Speedster!

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Powered by God’s Graces

On a more serious note, I want to make sure that I am clear on this point, I am NOT equating the Resurrected Lord with the powers and abilities of superheroes such as Superman or The Flashโ€”that would falter close to the heresy of Arianism. What I want to stress is that there is something mysterious and attractive about the resurrection of the body. Christians proclaim this belief each week in the Nicene Creed.

It is important to realize that we follow Godโ€™s commandments and promote charity to our neighbor. We follow God’s tenets not because of the promise of the resurrection. Instead, it is due to our love for God. It is neat to think about the powers and abilities of the resurrected body. Until then I will ask for Godโ€™s grace through prayer and the sacraments to increase my love of the Holy Trinity and people I encounter on a daily basis. True heroism occurs in acts of love and virtue! Be a hero today.

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