The “Libertas praestantissimum 31″ Coffee or Tea Mug

When I make a new item of Z Swag, such as a coffee mug, I am always a bit nervous that the image won’t be clear, or there will be something wrong with it.

That is why I generally will try to obtain a first example. Thus, I ordered a Libertas praestantissimum mug. It arrived. It looks fine!

It occurred to me that it might help people learn and make better known some of these great quotes from yesteryear – perennially applicable teachings of the Supreme Pontiff’s Magisterium – were I to make a series of WDTPRS mugs.  We are seeing more and more attacks on the Church and on objective truth.  These quotes pertain to our Catholic identity in an increasingly hostile world.

The quote on this particular mug, however, is from Libertas praestantissimum 31, an encyclical dating to 1888.  The image will, of course, be larger on the surface:

Libertas praestantissimum 31

“31. By the patrons of liberalism, however, who make the State absolute and omnipotent, and proclaim that man should live altogether independently of God, the liberty of which We speak, which goes hand in hand with virtue and religion, is not admitted; and whatever is done for its preservation is accounted an injury and an offense against the State. Indeed, if what they say were really true, there would be no tyranny, no matter how monstrous, which we should not be bound to endure and submit to.”

Does that not ring true for today?

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The text does wrap pretty far around the mug, and so it cannot be read at a single glance without turning the mug.  But the text is well worth it!

You could fill that mug with Mystic Monk Coffee or Tea.

I see that the Wyoming Carmelites have a Tea Gift Set with four types of tea. It is wrapped and would be a great gift, perhaps to your parish priest.

I have no way of telling who is buying what items from the Carmelites, but I can see the items purchased through my links.  Lately I have noticed that quite a bit of Cowboy Blend is moving along as well as Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans.

And did you know they have Chocolate Covered Cherries?  I didn’t until people started ordering them!

I should also add that if you get your fingers all chocolaty, you can wash your hands with soup from the Soap Sisters!

Finally, there is a new version of the Say The Black Do The Red, which has much larger writing.

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18 Responses to The “Libertas praestantissimum 31″ Coffee or Tea Mug

  1. Chrissin says:

    What happened?? Your posts are no longer e-mailable? There used to be an envelope icon at the end of each post so I could send it to like-minded friends. It’s hard to do now- cut & paste?- but the sidebar stuff gets attached!! *##@?%&ZZ:{ grrr. I know you are so tech savvy. I’m not. I’m probably missing something right in front of me. Oh well… you have so many great posts today!!

  2. Jason Keener says:

    These quotes from Pope Pius XI’s “Quas Primas” might also be nice on a mug:

    “18… Truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Jesus Christ. Nor is there any difference in this matter between the individual and the family or the State; for all men, whether collectively or individually, are under the dominion of Christ. In him is the salvation of the individual, in him is the salvation of society… If, therefore, the rulers of nations wish to preserve their authority, to promote and increase the prosperity of their countries, they will not neglect the public duty of reverence and obedience to the rule of Christ.”

    “19. When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony.”

  3. Supertradmum says:

    I would like to think that the great Fr. Z reads my blog, but I know you are too busy. Quoted this encyclical just the other day. What a great Pope. And, wow, look at the snow behind your mug! Hope you can sell lots…Do you know that when I worked for two years for the State of Iowa government, that mug and most of yours would have been illegal in my office, on my desk? That was way back in the 90s. Shades of terror to come.

  4. Supertradmum says:

    I would like to think that the great Fr. Z reads my blog, but I know you are too busy. Quoted this encyclical just the other day. What a great Pope. And, wow, look at the snow behind your mug! Hope you can sell lots…Do you know that when I worked for two years for the State of Iowa government, that mug and most of yours would have been illegal in my office, on my desk? That was way back in the 90s. Shades of terror to come.

  5. adamrgh says:

    I just purchased one of the mugs. That is an excellent passage for all of us to ponder. Even though I do not agree with everything that I read on this blog, [There's still hope for you.] I respect your convictions and am a daily visitor. Thank you, Fr. Z!

  6. digdigby says:

    That Libertas praestantissimum is great but do you have it on a bumper sticker?

  7. Bumper stickers? I thought about that, but I don’t think it would be legible. Do you?

  8. acardnal says:

    I concur. Not a good idea for a bumper sticker. Letters too small. I do plan to order some of your “Save the Liturgy, Save the World” stickers though. AND I just received the Four Pack Sampler from Mystic Monks. I wondered if you knew if any of your blog followers were purchasing items. I guess not.

    Here is a Pope Quote that I like. Well, actually it is from his days as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger:
    “The words of the Bible and of the Church fathers rang in my ears, those sharp condemnations of shepherds who are like mute dogs; in order to avoid conflicts that let the poison spread. Peace is not the first civic duty, and a bishop whose only concern is not to have any problems and to gloss over as many conflicts as possible is an image I find repulsive.”
    Cardinal Ratzinger in Salt of the Earth

    And one from holy scripture:
    “A wise man’s heart inclines him toward the right but a fool’s heart toward the left.”
    –Ecclesiastes 10:2

  9. pm125 says:

    “A wise man’s heart inclines him toward the right but a fool’s heart toward the left.”
    –Ecclesiastes 10:2
    acardnal, good bumper sticker …

  10. oblomov says:

    The mug looks great. I just received the larger version of your”to be deep in History is to cease to be Protestant” mug, and enjoyed my afternoon cuppa with it. Now if the mystic monks would only sell loose tea, then I could enjoy their tea in your mug. As it stand I drink their mystic monk blend in a plain mug most mornings.

  11. rcg says:

    I thought, Fr, you would enjoy a little zeugma. My wife and I were grinding the whole bean Cowboy Blend and she was marveling at the bean safe and French PRess Travel mug. I said “I guess those Monks think of everything.” Then it dawned on me that with their vows and prayer life, that indeed they do.

  12. Ezra says:

    Not my battle, but watching some of the outrage from the AmChurch leftists, I couldn’t help thinking of the passage from the First Book of Samuel:

    And you shall cry out in that day from the face of the king, whom you have chosen to yourselves. and the Lord will not hear you in that day, because you desired unto yourselves a king.

    Not sure how many of the NCR crowd would want a mug reminding them of their follies, though…

  13. New Sister says:

    I wish someone would make, once again, a quality – “I love my German Shepherd” – bumper sticker, with a vivid image of Benedict XVI.

  14. MissOH says:

    Right on theme with the Catholic Social Teaching class I am taking this semester. I think I will have to order this mug as well as the Church Militant one.

  15. Kypapist says:

    Over at the blog Blowing San #1 (Subvet) there is GREAT Church Militant picture that would be outstanding on a coffee mug, especially for any of us who like birettas and berettas! I don’t know how to do the link thing, but if you go to the blog, go to older posts at Friday, January 27. This was linked to Creative Minority Report.

  16. capchoirgirl says:

    My Valentine gift to self:
    1) one pack of the chocolate covered cherries
    2) one lb. of chocolate cherry coffee
    3) one lb. of Midnight Vigils coffee

    YUM!

  17. irishgirl says:

    The monks now sell CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRIES? Oh wow-be still my heart!
    If I had the money I’d buy a bag or two, stick them in the fridge and not eat them until Easter!

  18. pappaji says:

    The Mug looks great, I think maybe a few other items may help as well A Kitchen Apron, Table Mats, Fridge Magnets – this is just the beginning!
    I particularly like the quote – quite similar to some of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.
    I’m all for eradicating tyranny!

    Michelle