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    Welcome to my little website.  When I was a newly ordained priest, my first pastor gave me a full page in the parish bulletin to fill each week.  He told me he did not care what I wrote about as long as I filled the page.  He explained that only 1/3 of the parish would hear me preach on any given Sunday because I celebrated two out of six parish Masses but every parishioner would read the bulletin so this was a way that I could reachout to them and they could get to know me better. After four years in the parish, I was transferred to another parish and as I was leaving many people asked me to send them my weekly bulletin column by e-mail and thus my internet ministry was born.  

    When I was trying to decide what to write about in my weekly bulletin article, I came across a quote from Archbishop Fulton Sheen that went something like "There are not a hundred people in the world who hate the Catholic Church for what we teach but there are thousands who hate the Catholic Church for what they think we teach."  With that quote in mind, I began to choose oen topic a month to explain more indepth the Church's teaching on those issues.  From those mustardseeds has blossomed this website filled with infomation about the Catholic faith that I find interesting and informative.  I invite you to take your time and explore the different teachings and reflections.  I hope above all that these things will ultimately lead you closer to God.
    Thank you and God bless,
    Fr. Thomas M. Pastorius

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    Personal Penance Services
    This book is designed for Catholics who wish to be better prepared to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The book contains Scripture passages to meditate on and examinations of consciences to help prepare one to better confess his or her sins.

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    Stations of the Cross For Priests
    This book allows a Catholic priest to travel with our Lord to Calvary in a special way as he also ponders his own ministry and experiences as a Catholic priest.

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    • October 22
      “The devotions we practice in honor of the glorious Virgin Mary, however trifling they may be, are very pleasing to Her Divine Son, and He rewards them with eternal glory.” - Saint Teresa of Avila.  Our next image of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a very strange image.  It is called the “Virgin with Three Hands”.  Remember that much of the information about these images of Blessed Virgin Mary can be found in Ann Ball’s book: The Other Faces Of Mary: Stories, Devotions and Pictures of the Holy Virgin around the World. 
    • October 16
      St. John Vianney once wrote: “Only after the Last Judgment will Mary get any rest; from now until then, she is much too busy with her children.”  A true mother loves all her children and while the relationship between mother and child may change over the years the love that a good mother has never diminishes.  This made most evident in our next image of the Blessed Virgin Mary from Ann Ball’s book: The Other Faces Of Mary: Stories, Devotions and Pictures of the Holy Virgin around the World.  This image has been entitled: Our Lady of Montligeon and in its original form it was a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary lifting souls out of the fires of purgatory and placing them into the heavens. 
    • October 9
      “From Mary we learn to surrender to God's Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!” - Saint John Paul II.
    • October 2
      I believe since the very beginning of my Spiritual Ponderings, I have always devoted the month of October to exploring different images of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  I invite you to check out my website www.mayjesuschristbepraised to see past reflections.  Along most of this spiritual journey, I have been assisted by Ann Ball and her book: The Other Faces Of Mary: Stories, Devotions and Pictures of the Holy Virgin Around the World.
    • September 25
      As we continue to reflect on how to make going to Mass on Sunday a part of our lives.
    • September 17
      For the last two weeks of September I would like to reflect on Ten ways to getting back into the habit of going to Sunday Mass.                 I was driving down the road one morning when I saw a sign in the front yard of the Church that read “Without the Bread of life You Are Toast!!!”  I hope that you have or at least coming closer to the same conclusion.   
    • September 11
      For my second week of Spiritual Ponderings For September, I would like to pick up where I left off on my reflection on the Ten best practices for having children at Mass.  These ten best practices are not so much my ideas but rather the best practices that good regularly Mass attending families have passed on to me.  I offer them only as advice to make your job as parents easier and in no way as condemnation of any past efforts on your part. 
    • September 2
                   For the month of September, I am going to tackle some random topics in my Spiritual Ponderings.  I encourage you to read and pray over the thoughts I am sharing with you even if you think the topic does not apply to you because God sometimes surprises us.   The first topic is children at Mass.