Monthly Archives: January 2011

Benedictine Monks of Norcia Summer Discernment Program

From Norcia: As we prepare for the 11th Annual Summer Discernment Program in Norcia, Italy from July 4 – July 29, the Monks of Norcia would like to invite you or anyone you know who might be interested in this … Continue reading

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My next novel is all lined up!

I think I’ll start writing a Catholic science-fiction novel. Well… maybe not.  I am more of the secret Vatican vampire assassin squad kind of guy.  Gotta be more readers there. But if I did write a Catholic science fiction novel, … Continue reading

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REVIEW: LaserMonks – caveat emptor

UPDATE 20 April 2011: I was alerted to the fact that the website of Laser Monks has been down for maintenance for a while.   I sincerely hope they are able to get back on their feet and do a great … Continue reading

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28 Jan: St. Joseph Freinademetz, priest, missionary

Be sure to check this story at The Catholic Herald in their “Saint of the Week” feature. This week they focus on Joseph Freinademetz, priest, whose feast is today, 28 January. Fr. Freinademetz was a missionary to China who embraced … Continue reading

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The slipping-away of Catholic identity

I think that Pope Benedict had as a project for his pontificate the revitalization of Catholic identity.  The West is losing its soul because Christianity – Catholicism in particular – is not being lived by the mature or passed on … Continue reading

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Just too cool stuff

I remain a real fan of the Mars Rover missions.  One of the readers here, who works for NASA actually sent me a Spirit mission patch! Poor Spirit… sniff. Opportunity is still chugging along. I tune in once in a … Continue reading

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Let the swimming begin! The Anglican Ordinariate is going to grow.

There will be an interesting article in the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald about the big influx of Anglicans who are expected to join the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the Diocese of Brentwood alone. Brentwood … Continue reading

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A moment of prayer – Vespers, and requests

May I ask to you stop, right now, and say a prayer for anyone who has asked your for prayers or anyone for whom you have promised to pray? I include all those who have written with health concerns, especially.  … Continue reading

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FOLLOW-UP: Online volume of Acta Apostolicae Sedis has been corrected

Do you remember my post about the pages missing from the 1960 volume of the Acta Apostolicae Sedis on the Holy See’s online archive?   HERE. The pages which would have included the rubrics for Mass and the Breviary were … Continue reading

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A mordant observation about the Week for Christian Unity

I missed this on the great Fr. Blake’s blog the other day.  Fr. Blake is the P.P. of St. Mary Magdalen in Brighton. About the week of Christian Unity: Strange that it should be more acceptable to welcome into one’s … Continue reading

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Inspiration for a March for Life in London

This gives me the opportunity to link back to two interesting posts! First, remember the post HERE, linked to a post on Fr. Finigan’s blog, about the possibility of a March for Life in London? I received this from a … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: What sort of candles can be blessed at Candlemas?

From a reader: If I bring personal candles to the EF mass on Candlemass, must they be made of beeswax? Can they be entirely made of non-beeswax (paraffin)? Not sure if the old regulations about things like this still apply … Continue reading

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Habeas corpus: The Curious Cause of Bp. Fulton Sheen

From CNA: Peoria diocese restarts Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s beatification cause Peoria, Ill., Jan 27, 2011 / 01:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Peoria has resumed its promotion of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s cause for beatification despite its dispute with the … Continue reading

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I picked this up from CMR: Locking children into failing schools just wasn’t enough. Now, we’re locking up mothers for trying to send their kids to better schools. This is madness. A mother has been sent to jail for lying … Continue reading

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Blessings at Communion time… again

I just hammered out my weekly column for the paper.  Among other things I wrote about the issue of blessings during Mass at Communion time. I have written about this before (try HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and … Continue reading

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