Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 107

Hope you had a blessed week!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday. โœ๏ธ ๐Ÿ™

๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿซ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿซ
I don’t post many controversial things so when I do I want to make sure it’s on an important subject.
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Another way to think about it…it’s a gift to go to Church. We all need Jesus. โœ๏ธ โ™ฅ๏ธ ๐Ÿ™
Amen!!!
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When playing catch turns catastrophic. โšพ โ˜„๏ธ
God is waiting with open arms to forgive us. ๐Ÿ™
Last Office related Catholic meme this issueโ€” I promise. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™
๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ Highway to Hell ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ
Dude climbs a giant plant to see a real holy guy talk. Provides the holy guy a meal afterwards.
Such a powerful image. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
Best to delete that snarky or snappy comment on social media. ๐Ÿ™
#lifegoals

Thatโ€™s all I have this week. Stay tuned for next weekโ€™s Catholic Meme Monday. Receive updates straight to your email inbox by subscribing to The Simple Catholic blog.

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Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 106

Hope you had a blessed week!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday. โœ๏ธ ๐Ÿ™

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Harold be thy name! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
Too punny not to share. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ๐Ÿ›ณ๏ธ๐Ÿ™ What’s your favorite Noah’s Ark joke??
#dadwin ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™
Amen!! ๐Ÿ™
Can you get back to me soon…
Liturgically Accurate Christmas matters. ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ™
Jesus is the best gift. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™
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In all seriousness though, Saint Luke contributed the most in terms of content for the New Testament. ๐Ÿ™
Saint Jude the Patron Saint of Impossible Sauces.
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Do you work in an office or a workspace?
Share your preference in the comments section.
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ–‡๏ธโœ๏ธ
๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
You are loved by God. โ™ฅ๏ธโœ๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™‚
๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

Thatโ€™s all I have this week. Stay tuned for next weekโ€™s Catholic Meme Monday. Receive updates straight to your email inbox by subscribing to The Simple Catholic blog.

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Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 105

Hope you had a blessed week!

Time for anotherย Catholic Meme Monday. โœ๏ธ ๐Ÿ™

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Lady talks to a guy while publicly drinking water.
Too accurate. ๐Ÿ™
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๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐ŸŽต
I am He.
Super niche mime meme. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™
I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more theology memesโ€ฆ
Had to share this meme-of-the-month candidate.
Who’s your favorite Doctor of the Church??
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How true is this?! Lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™
And he will raise you up on (to the) eagle’s wings (or nest).
๐ŸŒง๏ธ ๐ŸŒง๏ธ ๐ŸŒŠ ๐ŸŒŠ
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Answer: A, B, C, AND D!!
Or Assistant (Deacon) to the Assistant (Priest) to the Regional Manager (Bishop). ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
Amen!!!
Affirm the Blessed Virgin Mary as theotokos today! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Thatโ€™s all I have this week. Stay tuned for next weekโ€™s Catholic Meme Monday. Receive updates straight to your email inbox by subscribing to The Simple Catholic blog.

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Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 104

Hope you had a blessed week!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday. โœ๏ธ ๐Ÿ™

Accurate. ๐Ÿ™
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The gloomy prophet.
So true!! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฉน
How was Mass for you last week? Any un”bear”able things your kids did?? ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™
Yes indeed! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
Is it bad I busted out laughing at this meme?!
๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ”จ
Student loans were pretty unforgiving in biblical times too.
This is the way!
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The graphic I found on LinkedIn in a post is related to branding but it works for your spiritual life too. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
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Happy Belated All Saints Day!! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™
๐Ÿ˜†๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ™
On any Holy Day of Obligation especially if you have to work or are a single parent.
The gates of hell will never prevail!
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How quickly the desert grumbling started.
Come on! Run! The ark is leaving in five minutes…
๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐ŸŒง๏ธโ›ด๏ธ

Thatโ€™s all I have this week. Stay tuned for next weekโ€™s Catholic Meme Monday. Receive updates straight to your email inbox by subscribing to The Simple Catholic blog.

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Finding Comfort in the Communion of Saints and Hedgehogs


Editorโ€™s Note: Post originally published on May 3, 2023.


The Catholic Church has a teaching called the “Communion of Saints,” which is basically a fancy way of saying that all believers are part of one big spiritual family. To put in modern-social-media terms, it’s like a massive WhatsApp group chat, except without any annoying notifications (all the notifications are prayers of intercession!).

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 962, “the communion of saints is โ€œall the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Churchโ€ฆin this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers.” The Communion of Saints is a vital part of Catholic theology because it offers support, guidance, and intercession for all the members of the Church, whether they’re alive or deceased.

Holiness Comes in Many Shapes and Spines

And speaking of devotion and admiration, I’m reminded of my oldest daughter’s (Amelia) obsession with hedgehogs. The girl is absolutely smitten with these spiky little critters. She’s got a hedgehog-themed tape dispenser, hedgehog toys, and even draws pictures of her imaginary pet hedgehog. It’s like she’s a walking, talking hedgehog-encyclopedia.

Goldy the Hedgehog. Medium: Pencil on paper. ๐Ÿฆ”๐Ÿ™‚

But here’s the thing: Amelia’s love for hedgehogs is a lot like the way Catholics feel about saints. Just like Amelia has a special devotion for hedgehogs, Catholics have a similar devotion to the saints, who are believed to have lived holy lives and to be in the presence of God.

Sacred Objects Prick Your Heart Open to God

Amelia’s hedgehog-themed tape dispenser reminds me of the physical objects Catholics use to help us in our devotion, such as rosaries or holy medals. It’s like a cute and fuzzy version of a saint medal. And just like Amelia’s pretend game of climbing a mountain with her hedgehog toy, Catholics believe that the saints can help us in our spiritual journey towards God.

My daughter loves her hedgehog-shaped tape dispenser. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿฆ”

Running the Race

The Communion of Saints is like having a group of friends who are always there to support you, like Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends Tails and Knuckles. My kids love the Sonic movie, and we even have a Sonic-themed board game that we can’t wait to play. In Saint Paul’s letter to Timothy, he talks about running the race and finishing strong. He wrote, โ€œI have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faithโ€ (2 TImothy 4:7). Similarly, the Communion of Saints can give us the encouragement and guidance we need to finish our spiritual race with perseverance, just like Sonic and his friends run through obstacles to reach the finish line. And just as Amelia finds comfort in her love for hedgehogs, the belief in the Communion of Saints can bring comfort and hope to all Catholics.

In conclusion, the Communion of Saints is a significant aspect of Catholic theology that unites all members of the Church, alive or deceased. And while my daughter Amelia’s love for hedgehogs may seem like just a childhood fascination, it’s a reminder of the power of devotion and admiration. So, whether it’s a hedgehog or a saint, let’s all find something that brings us joy and comfort in our spiritual journey.

Thank you for sharing!

Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 103

Hope you had a blessed week!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday. โœ๏ธ ๐Ÿ™

๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ˜†
Yep! ๐Ÿชฝ๐Ÿ™
Ask for understanding from the Holy Spirit.
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๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
Tolkien is awesome!!
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๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ‹
Even superhero realize who the real savior of the world is. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
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Parenthood is both the toughest and most rewarding things I’ll ever do.

Thatโ€™s all I have this week. Stay tuned for next weekโ€™s Catholic Meme Monday. Receive updates straight to your email inbox by subscribing to The Simple Catholic blog.

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Why Luke Has Best Start to any New Testament Book

Saint Luke


Editor’s Note: Post originally published on April 23, 2021.


As a someone who graduated with a history majory for my undergraduate degree, Saint Luke has always held a special place in my academic heart. Althoug Saint John’s Gospel starts with a beautiful and theological exposition, nothing truly compares to how the “beloved physician” begins his Gospel!

ย Know your Audience

Luke dedicates his gospel to a person named Theophilus. Scholars hold that this name may be referring to a singular person or a general audience. The reason for believing the latter possibility is because the Greek word Theophilus translates to โ€œlover of Godโ€. Regardless of Lukeโ€™s intention, I found it interesting and significant that he adds this dedication. Along with the dedication, Luke gives us the purpose of his writing his account. Here is the exact text of his dedication to Theophilus:

1 Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us,3 I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received (Luke 1:1-4).

know your audience

Credibility

From the onset of his Gospel Luke provides his sources. Relying on eyewitness testimonies, Luke is likely a second-generation Christian who had some contact with the original Twelve Apostles.

Additionally, Luke seems to take careful time to sift through these sources utilizing both his reason and gift of the Holy Spirit which inspired him. Luke says, โ€œit seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past (1:3 Revised Standard Edition). What this means is that Luke carefully examined his sources like any reasonable historian.

seems legit

ย Conclusion

St. Luke is unique among the gospels in that his writing is the only one that specifically details his sources and authorial aim. I firmly believe that one of the reasons for the Lucan text to be included in the New Testament canon was to appeal to people who rely first and foremost on reason. People like myself crave a rationale basis for various ideas. I love St. Lukeโ€™s gospel because of its faith-filled content and intellectual appeal. I hope to discuss Luke second work, the Acts of the Apostlesโ€”especially in celebration of this Easter season!


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