Thursday, February 1, 2024




Soil under our feet goes unnoticed, though this first foot of soil is where most living organisms’ dwell. The health of the fragile skin of our earth is of utmost importance. Humility comes from the Latin word for soil, "humus." From and unto dust is the humbling message to each of us. Soil is rich and fertile but also prone to erosion and pollution. 

Overview of February[1] 

This year the first half of February falls during the liturgical season known as Tempus per Annum or Ordinary Time (formerly Time After Epiphany), which is represented by the liturgical color green. Green is a symbol of hope, as it is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. The liturgical color green is worn during prayer of Offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The remaining days of February are the beginning of Lent. The liturgical color changes to violet or purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart.

Though the shortest month of the year, February is rich in Liturgical activity. It contains a feast (Presentation of our Lord) that bridges two other seasons (Christmas and Easter)! The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd harkens back to the Christmas mystery of Light except that now, Christ, the helpless babe, is “the Light of Revelation to the Gentiles who will save his people from their sins.” Candles, symbolizing Christ our Light, will be carried in procession this day, as will be the Paschal candle during the Easter Vigil Liturgy. In addition, the faithful may receive in February three of the four major public sacramentals that the Church confers during the liturgical year: blessed candles and the blessing of throats and blessed ashes.

"The Light of Revelation" shines more brightly with each successive Sunday of Ordinary Time, until its magnificence–exposing our sinfulness and need for conversion–propels us into the penitential Season of Lent. We prepare to accept the cross of blessed ashes on Ash Wednesday (February 22) and plunge ourselves into anticipating the major exercises of Lent–fasting, prayer, almsgiving–laying our thoughts and prayers on the heart of our Mother Mary. She, who offered her Son in the temple and on the Cross, will teach us how to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily, and follow after her Son.

Members of each family or domestic church have the opportunity to have the candles for their home altar blessed on Candlemas Day (February 2nd); and the next morning, on the Feast of St. Blaise, all might receive the Blessing of the Throats. Always a solicitous Mother, the Church offers this sacramental during the wintry month of February, and also sets aside the World Day of Prayer for the Sick on February 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. 

February Travel?[2]


·         Take a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride (All Month) 

Enjoy a gorgeous winter wonderland in Yellowstone and the surrounding areas. National Elk Refuge is closed to vehicle traffic but not to horse-drawn sleighs. The open-air rides offer a unique and amazing way to see elk, bison, eagles, foxes and other wildlife species. Yellowstone and the Jackson Hole area offer a variety of other family activities including snow tubing, skiing, snowmobiles and a year-round roller coaster.

·         Party in Quebec City Through February 11

For fabulous winter fun, head to the annual Winter Festival in Quebec City. Snow rafting, ice canoe racing, a bartending competition, snow baths (clothing optional), a snow sculpture competition and a masquerade ball are among the many activities.


·         See Punxsutawney Phil's Prediction

o   February 2

Bundle up, grab some hot coffee and bring your lawn chair to Gobbler’s Knob before dawn on Groundhog Day. Then watch as Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, the Prognosticator of Prognosticators reveals his end-of-winter prediction.


·         Chill Out at Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

o   February 2-11

Party Adirondack style. Since its start back in 1897, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival has grown into one of the oldest winter carnivals in America. The 10-day event showcases plenty of winter magic, from an ice palace made from blocks of ice to the coronation of a winter carnival king and queen.


·         February 11-Watch the Big Game

o   Welcome to Super Bowl LVIII!

§  Super Bowl LVIII will be played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, February 11, 2024. Throughout Super Bowl Week, enjoy events such as Opening Night and Super Bowl Experience with immersive experiences for fans of all ages.


·         March in a Mardi Gras Parade Through February 13

 Fat Tuesday — the day before Ash Wednesday — is the biggest party of the year in cities like New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro. If you can’t make it to one of those places, try Mobile, Alabama; Nice, France; Venice Italy or Binche, Belgium.


·         Smell the Flowers at Tulipmania

Head to San Francisco’s iconic Pier 39 for Tulipmania. You’ll see over 39,000 blooming tulips and other garden favorites. Guided tours and gardening tips are provided by Pier 39’s landscaping experts. The tours start at 10 a.m. daily at the Crab Statue in the Entrance Plaza and end with a special treat from Trish’s Mini Donuts. The tulips typically begin blooming in early February and last through mid-March.


·         Celebrate Valentine’s Day International Style

o   February 14

Many cultures celebrate Valentine’s Day, but they do it in a variety of ways. In Germany, not only do people exchange chocolate and flowers, they also give pigs (toy ones mostly) because they symbolize luck and lust. In Denmark, people send one another poems and rhymes on stationery cut into the shapes of flowers and snowdrops.


·         Attend a Horse Show

o   February 15-25

Visit the 64th annual Arabian Horse Show in Scottsdale, Arizona to watch over 2,400 horses compete for a chance at winning the coveted gold title. In between the competitions, there are plenty of kids’ activities like an ice cream social, pony painting (ceramic ponies, not real ones), and art contests. And the best part, kids 17 and under are free. 

Iceman’s Calendar-February           

·         Arizona Renaissance Festival All Month

o   Saturdays, Sundays, and Presidents Day Monday from February 3 - March 31 ~~ 10:00am to 6:00pm

·         Go Back in Time to The Old West in Tombstone 

o   Just like the Arizona Renaissance Festival, Tombstone, Arizona, beckons visitors to step back in time during February. However, instead of transporting you back to a mystical medieval era, Tombstone brings visitors to the rough and tumbling times of the Old West. 

·         Saguaro National Park 

o   For those seeking a reprieve from the cold and yearning for breathtaking hikes, Saguaro National Park is an excellent choice. With average winter temperatures soaring into the high 60s, it stands out as a premier destination to thaw out and partake in outdoor adventures in February. Upon entering the vast 143-square-mile park, you’ll be captivated by the towering saguaros. Some of these cacti reach an impressive 50 feet and live a lifespan of up to 125 years. The park is divided into two distinct sections: East Saguaro, characterized by its mountainous terrain and abundant hiking and backpacking trails, and the West side, home to a denser Saguaro Forest. 

·         Wickenburg, Arizona 

o   75th Annual Gold Rush Days & Senior Pro Rodeo

§  FEBRUARY 9-11, 2024

·         Check out Yarnell-St. Joseph of the mountains.

·         Feb. 1-St. Brigid

·         Feb. 2-MASS Candlemas

o   First Friday

·         Feb. 3-St. Blasé Blessing of throats

o   First Saturday

·         Feb. 4-Sexagesima-Start Novena to Holy Face to end on Shrove Tuesday

·         Feb 5- St. Agatha.

·         Feb 7-First Wednesday

·         Feb 8-Carnival Thursday

·         Feb 9-Carnival Friday

·         Feb10 Carnival Saturday

o   Chinese New Year

o   Mardi Gras Masquerade 5:00 pm

§  📍 St. Patrick Roman Catholic Parish, 100 Higgins hill, Bisbee, AZ

·         Feb 11-Quinguagesima

o   Our Lady of Lourdes

·         Feb 12-Shrovetide Monday

·         Feb 13-Shrove Tuesday

·         Feb 14-Ash Wednesday

o   St. Valentines

·         Feb 18-First Sunday of Lent

·         Feb 19-Presidents Day

·         Feb 21 FAST Ember Wednesday

·         Feb 22 Washington’s Birthday

·         Feb 23 FAST Ember Friday

·         Feb 24 St. Matthias

o   FAST Ember Saturday

o   Full Snow Moon

·         Feb 25 Second Sunday of Lent

·         Feb 29 Leap Day




Pope Leo XII. of blessed memory, by an autograph rescript, dated Oct. 21, 1823, granted to all faithful Christians— 

i. The Indulgence of 100 days, for every time that they shall devoutly recite the following three offerings to the Most Holy Trinity, to obtain a good death, 

ii. The Plenary Indulgence, to those who shall recite them every day for a month; to be gained at the end of the said month, on any one day when, having Confessed and Communicated, they shall pray according to the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff. 


i. We offer to the Most Holy Trinity the merits of Jesus Christ, in thanksgiving for the Precious Blood which Jesus shed in the garden for us; and by His merits we beseech the Divine Majesty to grant us the pardon of all our sins. 

Pater, Ave. Gloria. 

ii. We offer to the Most Holy Trinity the merits of Jesus Christ, in thanksgiving for His most precious death endured on the cross for us; and by His merits we beseech the Divine Majesty to grant us the pardon of all our sins. 

Pater, Ave. Gloria. 

iii. We offer to the Most Holy Trinity the merits of Jesus Christ, in thanksgiving for His unspeakable charity, by which He descended from heaven to earth to take upon Himself our flesh, and in It to suffer and die upon the cross; and by His merits we beseech the Divine Majesty to bring our souls to the glory of heaven after our death. 

Pater, Ave. Gloria. 


FEBRUARY 1 Thursday



Psalm 111, verse 10

The FEAR of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; prudent are all who practice it. His praise endures forever.


Fear of the Lord is reverence for God.


Is there any reverence for anything left in America?

What happened to Reverence?[4]

The sixth chapter of St. John’s gospel takes us to the core of our Church. Everything and anything Catholic flows from the Real Presence of Jesus Christ here in the Blessed Sacrament. Christ’s Presence among us in the Blessed Sacrament is the summit and source of our lives together in the Church. It is the heart of the matter. I can remember as a boy participating in Forty Hours Devotions, Eucharistic Adorations, Corpus Christi Processions, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, reciting prayers of thanksgiving after Mass, genuflection to the Presence, visits to the Blessed Sacrament, fasting from midnight prior to receiving Holy Communion the next morning, and other practices – all built up from and pointing toward our contact with Jesus Christ truly and really present in the Blessed Sacrament. We were careful always to refer to the consecrated host as the Body of Christ; we never spoke of it simply as “the bread”. We referred to the consecrated wine as the Precious Blood, never “the wine”. In those days, when Catholic men passed by a Catholic church, they tipped their hats (in those days men wore hats) to acknowledge and reverence the Presence of Christ in the tabernacle. Women covered their heads with hats, shawls, babushkas and even hankies while in church.

·         In recent years I’ve seen both boys, and men as well, wearing baseball caps in church, oblivious to the irreverence.

·         And certainly, when I was young everyone — man, woman and child — dressed up to attend Mass. Attending Mass in, T-shirts, tank tops, blue jeans, cutoffs, and what have you was UNTHINKABLE. Church was special, not ordinary. The church was supposed to be extraordinary. The inside of a Catholic Church was holy space; it was sacred space. God in His holiness dwelled therein — and people dressed accordingly.

And today? Well . . . whatever happened to reverence? As a matter of fact, what DO we Americans’ reverence . . . if anything?

As a nation of people, we no longer kneel to anything. (Exemption is the NFL) There are even those who advocate that we abolish kneeling in church and during the Eucharistic Prayers of Mass. But in my view, kneeling during worship is the only thing left for us by which we can express our profound reverence for God’s presence. Kneeling is our last remaining experience of reverence and awe in God’s closeness to us. I am not here to scold you or to harangue you. I’m here trying to hold up a vision before your eyes. For it does appear to me that in our American culture little is revered . . . except, perhaps, for the popstar, singer who calls herself Madonna. Even human life itself is no longer revered. If human life gets in the way now, we kill it, either in its beginning, or lately at its end (and a whole lot of the rest of the time during our lifetime!) I am distressed, to say the least, at what has happened. I’m saddened to see how we lack respect for each other; we’ve lost reverence not only in the way we live but for human life itself, and how we seem to be losing reverence and respect for the Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

So, whatever happened to sacred space? Remember when the interior of a church was regarded as sacred space?

Now it’s regarded as an auditorium in which loud talk and joking around occurs (especially so during wedding rehearsals). Some even treat it as a playpen. Some eat in church, or drink soda pop, read newspapers, or simply sit there bored out of their minds with absolutely no awareness of God’s Presence in this sacred space. I’ve even had people come to receive Holy Communion while chewing gum! (And I’m not talking about kids, either.)

If we dress up to go to a party, why can’t we dress up to attend the Lord’s Supper, the Wedding Feast of the Lamb? Ever see anyone go to a friend’s wedding dressed in cutoffs and a t-shirt?

There’s nothing hypocritical in dressing up to go to church . . . any more than there’s anything hypocritical in dressing up to go over to a friend’s house for a special dinner or party. Nobody ever claims THAT is hypocritical. And as for talking in church-well, there’s certainly a way of talking that reverences other people.

Where better to reverence another, and pay quality attention to what they have to say, than in church, talking with them in that holy space, in front of Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament?

You see, we need to learn to reverence the Presence of the Holy Spirit in other people while at the same time reverencing the Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. As a matter of fact, all social justice, and all economic justice flow from the central reality. As Catholic Christians we judge our political, economic, and political systems on the truth that each human person is sacred unto the Lord; each person is a temple of God’s Holy Spirit. The communion of the Mystical Body of Christ flows from the Holy Communion we share in the Eucharist. We need to revere His presence in a whole lot of different ways, not just in church. Reverence of God, I think, is multidimensional; it takes many forms. We need to reverence the Son of God, present for us here in the Eucharist. We need to reverence the presence of the Holy Spirit in other people, along with the Presence of God in all His creation. We’ve lost reverence for the presence of God in our world, in the trees and natural resources, in nature’s pure waters, in animals, in all of God’s creatures. We regard them today merely as useful, as things to exploit for profit. We’ve lost our reverence for them. Perhaps if we recovered a sense of reverence, our world would be a whole lot better place in which to live. There was a time when the things of nature, water, trees, and natural resources were seen as given to us by God as His stewards, to be used to accomplish His work.


Well, water, resources and the environment are only useful for their owners, as things to be sold for profit, as things to be exploited. A sense of reverence perhaps would return balance to the way in which we treat our environment and our natural resources. The recovery of reverence, it seems to me, ought to be one of our chief goals, particularly in the context of the “culture” that surrounds us.

Isaac victim of Abraham’s Reverence for God[5]

Genesis 22:9-10 “When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.”

Just as the knife was being hurled downward, the angel of the Lord said “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me” (Gen 22:12), and “because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice” (Gen 22:16-18).

Feast of St. Bridget, Abbess, and patroness of Ireland[6]


BRIDGETT was born about the year 453 at Fochard, in Ulster. When about twenty years old she received the veil from St. Mel, the nephew and disciple of St. Patrick. So many sought the religious life under her direction that a convent, the first in Ireland, was erected for her and she was made superior. From this parent stem branched forth other convents in different parts of Ireland, all which acknowledged her as their mother and foundress. Several churches in England and Scotland are dedicated to God under her name, and some also in Germany and in France.


After seventy years devoted to the practice of the most sublime virtues, corporal infirmities admonished our saint that the time of her dissolution was nigh. For half a century she had irrevocably consecrated herself to God, and during that period great results had been attained. The day on which our abbess was to quit this life, February 1, 523, having arrived, she received the blessed body and blood of her Lord in the Blessed Eucharist, and, as it would seem, immediately after her spirit passed forth, and went to possess Him in that heavenly country where He is seen face to face and enjoyed without danger of ever losing Him.


Her body was interred in the church adjoining her convent, but was some time after exhumed, and deposited in a splendid shrine near the high altar. In the ninth century, the country being desolated by the Danes, the remains of St. Bridget were removed to Down-Patrick, where they were deposited in the same grave with those of St. Patrick. Their bodies, together with that of St. Columba, were translated after wards to the cathedral of the same city, but their monument was destroyed in the reign of King Henry VIII. The head of St, Bridget is now kept in the church of the Jesuits at Lisbon.


The Introit of the Mass is as follows: Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity; therefore, O God, Thy God hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows. My heart hath uttered a good word. I speak my works to the King."




Give ear to us, O God our Savior, that, as we celebrate with joy the solemnity of blessed Bridget Thy virgin, so we may improve in the affection of piety. Amen


EPISTLE, ii. Cor. x 17, 18; xi. 1, 2.


Brethren: He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he who commendeth himself is approved, but he whom God commendeth. "Would to God you could bear with some little of my folly, but do bear with me. For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God. For I have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.


GOSPEL. Matt. xxv. 1-13.


At that time Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be like to ten virgins, who, taking their lamps, went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride. And five of them were foolish, and five wise: but the five foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps. And the bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil: for our lamps are gone out. The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. Now whilst they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. But at last came also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us. But He answering said: Amen I say to you, I know you not. Watch ye therefore because you know not the day nor the hour.


Feast Day of St Brigid of Ireland[7]

Bridget (Brigid, Bride, Bridey) of Kildare was born around 450 into a Druid family, being the daughter of Dubhthach, court poet to King Loeghaire. At an early age, Brigid decided to become a Christian, and she eventually took vows as a nun. Together with a group of other women, she established a nunnery at Kildare. She was later joined by a community of monks led by Conlaed. Kildare had formerly been a pagan shrine where a sacred fire was kept perpetually burning. Rather than stamping out this pagan flame, Brigid and her nuns kept it burning as a Christian symbol. (This was in keeping with the general process whereby Druidism in Ireland gave way to Christianity with very little opposition, the Druids for the most part saying that their own beliefs were a partial and tentative insight into the nature of God, and that they recognized in Christianity what they had been looking for.) As an abbess, Brigid participated in several Irish councils, and her influence on the policies of the Church in Ireland was considerable.

Things to Do

  • Read Amy Steedman's biography of Saint Brigid of Ireland to gain a greater appreciation and devotion for this holy woman, who had a great tenderness for mothers and their children.
  • Read Saint Brigit: The Mary of the Gael (Catholic Culture Library) or go to this fascinating page St. Brigit - The Giveaway where you will find some folklore and recipes.
  • Saint Brigid always recognized Christ in the sick and the poor. Visit Christ in a nursing home or hospital today, and pray for the grace of clear vision, even when you encounter Him in a distressing disguise.
  • Meditate on 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13. Is this the kind of love you share with your family? Pray to Saint Brigid for the grace to be patient, kind, and gentle with those entrusted to your care.
  • For more recipes and for a craft go to Brigid's Day Foods and How to Make a Traditional St. Brigid's Cross. 



Tonight, the night before the feast of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple begins the black mass of magic spring

say your rosary it is a weapon and a shield against evil.


The Black Mass[8]


The black mass is a parody of [the Catholic] Mass, in which one adores and exalts Satan. Usually it is officiated at night, because the darkness permits greater secrecy and because during the night fewer people are found at prayer, which disturbs the ritual. During the celebration, the words and the external signs of the Eucharistic liturgy are used, but always in a contrary sense, in order to manifest opposition to God. There is always a satanic priest officiating who wears blasphemous vestments, an altar represented by a nude woman, possibly a virgin, on whom very serious acts of profanity of the Eucharist (usually stolen from a church), are performed, with words of consecration proclaimed in a contrary sense and an overturned crucifix. Only members of the satanic sect, who are sworn to secrecy, may participate. Nonmembers are never permitted to attend unless it is hoped that, having already been seduced by the perversions and the illusion of power, they may decide to enter the sect.


In general, the black masses are celebrated by small groups of ten or at most fifteen of the “faithful.” Once the ritual is concluded, the woman who functions as the altar is raped in turn by all the participants: first by the one who exercised the “rites” of the priest, then by all the others. This woman may have freely accepted that role, or she may have been led there against her will; and aside from the physical violence, she often suffers the terrible consequences of the ritual: [diabolical] possession.


As in the Church, some of the official rites are required and are tied to particular feast days.


·  The most important is Halloween, which falls on the night between October 31 and November 1 of each year: it is considered the magic New Year. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the extreme danger for our children and youth who participate in the feast of Halloween on that date.

·  The second precedes our feast of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple on February 2. The night before, in fact, begins the magic spring.

·  The summer magic is the third satanic “solemnity” and occurs on the night between April 30 and May 1. During the year [Satanists] often choose nights when the new moon is inaugurated, because it is particularly dark.


The officiator of these rites is usually someone who is consecrated to Satan, and although it is not stated, this person is also usually possessed by the devil. Often during these rituals, the Eucharistic hosts are profaned, [having been] stolen from tabernacles or taken by some of the faithful at Communion during Mass and not consumed.

More pagan worship: Serpent Day[9]

Serpent Day is a day of reflection and coming to grips with our fears. It’s dedicated to pondering our reactions to the prime material behind that expensive high-fashion snake-skin handbag. Its unique, slithering form has long been associated with wisdom and power, used for either good or evil. Serpents have been both feared and revered, at times simultaneously, in many different periods of human history. Quetzalcoatl is a Mesoamerican deity, the worship of which was first known documented in Teotihuacan in the first century BCE or first century CE. The veneration of the figure appears spread throughout Mesoamerica between 600–900 AD.

Quetzalcoatl, also called “the Plumed Serpent,” played a dominant role as a god, model, myth, historical figure and symbol in Aztec culture. According to legend, he was incarnated on earth and founded the fabulous capital of the Toltecs, Tollan. Quetzalcoatl represented the universal quest for meaning in life, and was the guardian of water and rain, a precious resource of the Aztecs.

In the Hindu regions of Asia, the serpent, or naga, is considered a nature spirit. As in the Aztec belief system, Naga is the protector of springs, wells, and rivers, and so serpents bring rain, and fertility. The serpent is also a fascinating biblical symbol. Perhaps the most common is the portrayal of the serpent as an enemy in general, or as Satan in particular.

However, a serpent is later used to foreshadow Jesus’ death on the cross and the salvation it makes possible when a bronze serpent appears on a cross that the severely ill Israelites looked upon to recover, which can be found in John 3:14-15. Anthropologists have argued that the serpent as a symbol of death is built into our unconscious minds because of evolutionary history, as for millions of years, snakes were mainly just predators of primates. Nowadays, a snake wrapped around the Rod of Asclepius is on the Star of Life, the worldwide symbol of medical aid.


Better to smoke in this life than the next[10] 

Cigars are great for contemplation.

Let’s face it: Many of us need a lot more contemplation in life. Our fast-paced world encourages us to quickly go from one thing to the next, and to always stay busy. We then become consumed by this world and forget to let our souls breathe and take some time to contemplate the true, good, and beautiful. A cigar is our giant NO to a world that doesn’t want us to think for ourselves, that merely wants us to comply. There’s nothing quite like kicking back with a good cigar and letting your thoughts rise to the heavens on wisps of smoke. Those who have never tried cigars don’t realize just how much cigars can inspire deep thoughts. But there’s a reason why many great, insightful writers, artists, and thinkers smoked cigars!

The Mill Brothers know what we’re talking about. To quote their song “Smoke Rings”:

“Where do they go, the smoke rings I blow each night? What do they do, those circles of blue and white? O little smoke rings I love, please take me above!”

Cigars represent the spirited part of the human person.

Author Michael P. Foley has compared pipes, cigarettes, and cigars to Plato’s view of the tripartite soul. The pipe corresponds to the rational part of the soul. You often see photos of professors with pipes — we bet that J.R.R. Tolkien popped into some of your minds! For Foley, the cigarette corresponds to the appetitive part of the soul. We often go for cigarettes when we simply need a smoke right now. The cigar corresponds to that noble-spirited part of us — the chest. That’s because a cigar is more about what you blow out than what you inhale. It’s therefore no surprise that great speakers and politicians — such as Winston Churchill — loved cigars. Of course, we will never find full satisfaction in any earthly thing. True happiness is only obtained in heaven. But God in His mercy has given us little foretastes of joy sprinkled here and there. Some of us find echoes of this joy in cigars. Let’s offer this joy back to God and let our smoking fuel beautiful, holy thoughts!

Thursday Feast

Thursday is the day of the week that our Lord gave himself up for consumption. Thursday commemorates the last supper. Some theologians believe after Sunday Thursday is the holiest day of the week. We should then try to make this day special by making a visit to the blessed sacrament chapel, Mass or even stopping by the grave of a loved one. Why not plan to count the blessing of the week and thank our Lord. Plan a special meal. Be at Peace.

·         According to Mary Agreda[11] in her visions it was on a Thursday at six o'clock in the evening and at the approach of night that the Angel Gabriel approached and announced her as Mother of God and she gave her fiat.

February 1st, St. Brigid (Hist.):

Daily Devotions/Activities

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: End to abortion

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Plan winter fun:

o   Soak in hot springs

o   Hit the snow slopes

o   Ride a snowmobile

o   Go for a dog sled ride

o   Ride a hot air balloon

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan

·         Rosary.



[6] Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896.

[8]Amorth, Fr. Gabriele. An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels 

[11] Venerable Mary of Agreda. The Mystical City of God: Complete Edition Containing all Four Volumes with Illustrations (p. 770). Veritatis Splendor Publications. Kindle Edition


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