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NOVENA ST. JOHN VIANNEY-SCOTCH WHISKY DAY
Luke, Chapter 1,
30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be AFRAID, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
had no fear of the world or man, yet, when the angel appeared she was immersed
in holy fear. Let us follow Mary’s example and bravely face the day saying YES
virtues know no bounds, over centuries they have remained the same despite
religion, political beliefs, institution, or government.
They are timeless.
Novena in Honor of Saint John Marie Vianney
Saint John Marie Baptist
Vianney you were born of a deeply religious mother; from her you received the
Holy Faith; you learned to love God and to pray. At a young age, you were seen
kneeling in the front of the statue of Mary. Your soul was supernaturally carried
towards the things on High. Despite the high cost, you answered your vocation!
Against many obstacles and contradictions, you had to fight and suffer to
become the perfect priest which you were. But your deep spirit of faith
supported you in all these battles. O Great Saint you know the desire of my
soul; I would like to serve God better; from Him I have received so many good
things. For this, obtain for me more courage and especially the depth of faith.
Many of my thoughts, words, and actions are useless for my sanctification and
for my salvation, because this supernatural spirit does not stir up my life.
Help me to be better in the future. Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in
your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for ... (mention
silently your special intentions).
Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
The Babylonians of
Mesopotamia were likely the first people to distill alcohol as 2nd millennium
BC. At the time it is likely that various perfumes and aromatics were most
often distilled. The earliest records of the distillation of alcohol for the
purpose of drinking date back to 13th century Italy, where harder alcohols were
distilled from wine. Soon, the practice of distillation use spread through
medieval monasteries and was used largely for medicinal purposes, such as the
treatment of smallpox and other illnesses. Distillation spread to today’s Great Britain in the 15th
century, and the first evidence of whisky production in Scotland comes from an
entry in the Exchequer Rolls for 1494 where malt is sent “To Friar John Cor, by order of the
king, to make aquavitae”,
enough to make about 500 bottles. Whisky production later moved out of a
monastic setting and into personal homes and farms when King Henry VIII of
England dissolved all the monasteries in his country due to his feud with the
Pope, causing the monks to find a way to earn a living for themselves. However,
the distillation process in those days was much more basic than it is today,
and the whisky itself was not allowed to age, meaning it must have tasted much rawer
than it does today.
Scotch Whisky Day was
created to celebrate this alcoholic beverage in all of its glory and remind
people that Ballantine’s
is not as good as it gets!
How to celebrate Scotch Whisky Day
There are hundreds of
distilleries in Scotland you have likely never heard of that make whisky better
than you’ve ever
tried before, and this day is the day to experience them. The best part is that
not all good Scotch whiskies are expensive, so if you want to enjoy this day to
the fullest, you can order 5 or 6 miniatures—or more, if you decide to invite
people over to share the fun—and
enjoy an evening of sampling the unique whiskies Scotland has to offer. Ten-,
twelve- and even fifteen-year-old single malt Scotch whisky miniatures can be
purchased for under £5 and are sure to help you understand why this drink is
loved worldwide. and because it is usually a bad idea to drink strong alcohol
on an empty stomach, make sure you have some snacks on hand during your
whisky-tasting as well! Cheeses like Roquefort go well with many whiskies, as
does high-quality dark chocolate. If you feel like eating something more
filling, try a simple meat dish like slow-roasted pork spareribs.
There are also quite a few
films to choose from that would be perfect for this day, such as The
Angel’s Share, an acclaimed Scottish
comedy-drama about a man trying to get his life back on track after narrowly
avoiding a prison sentence. The titular “angel’s share” is what distilleries call the
portion (share) of a whisky’s
volume that is lost to evaporation during aging in oak barrels.
of the Catholic Church
PART TWO: THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY
SECTION TWO-THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH
ONE-THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
Article 2 THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute
the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be
safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the
sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For
"by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound
to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.
Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread
and defend the faith by word and deed."
Every Wednesday is
Dedicated to St. Joseph
The Italian culture has
always had a close association with St. Joseph perhaps you could make
Wednesdays centered around Jesus’s Papa. Plan an Italian dinner of pizza or
spaghetti after attending Mass as most parishes have a Wednesday evening Mass.
You could even do carry out to help restaurants. If you are adventurous, you
could do the Universal Man Plan: St. Joseph style. Make the evening a family
night perhaps it could be a game night. Whatever you do make the day special.
Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Protection of Life from Conception until natural death.Unite in the work of the
Litany of the Most Precious
Blood of Jesus
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