Monthly Archives: May 2012


From SpaceWeather: Space Weather News for May 29, 2012 ASTEROID FLYBY: A small asteroid is flying past Earth today inside the orbit of geosynchronous satellites and only 14,000 km above the surface of our planet. Named “2012 KT42,” the 3- … Continue reading

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CDF publishes the 1978 norms about apparitions and private revelations

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been doing their job.  They have published … get that? … published… something that has been around awhile. “Norms regarding the manner of proceeding in the discernment of presumed apparitions or … Continue reading

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A new Archbishop for Denver

Denver has a new Archbishop: His Excellency Most Rev. Samuel Aquila, formerly of Fargo. We have read about him quite a few times here. You may remember that during this round of ad limina visits, the Holy Father received well … Continue reading

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More beautiful art from Daniel Mitsui! Five new color prints, including Pentecost, Christ the High Priest (think “ordination gifts”!)

I have written several times about the art of Daniel Mitsui. For Mr. Mitsui’s site click HERE. He has sent me a few more things, this time from a series of drawings for the Holy See’s Vox Clara Committee (the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: I don’t know if the priest gave me a penance during confession. Are my sins forgiven?

From a reader: Father, I went to Confession this weekend and the confessor was a man with a very thick [FOREIGN] accent. On top of that, while pronouncing the absolution he seemed… a little out of it (that sounds like … Continue reading

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Is it easier to pray in your car in the parking lot than in church before or after Mass?

Today on the digital, full version of the UK’s best Catholic Weekly, The Catholic Herald (to which you can subscribe from anywhere in the world), I found a good letter to the editor, an image of which I post, below: … Continue reading

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France: Muslims enter church, throw rocks during mass

I picked this up from the blog Etheldreda’s Place of frequent commentator here, Supertradmom. You know, these days there just aren’t enough girls being named “Etheldreda”. In any event, take a look at this, which I lifted from the aforementioned. … Continue reading

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Very Cool Stuff: A dad and IRLP (that’s Ham Radio lingo) and panning for gold

As some of you know, I have been studying for my Ham Radio license.  I am squared away with the Technician’s License material and could do that exam at any time, but right now life is really – excuse the … Continue reading

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7 October: Sts. John of Avila and Hildegard of Bingen to be proclaimed Doctors of the Church

From VIS: ST. JOHN OF AVILA AND ST. HILDEGARD OF BINGEN TO BE PROCLAIMED DOCTORS OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH Vatican City, 27 May 2012 (VIS) – After celebrating Mass this morning in the Vatican Basilica for the Solemnity of Pentecost, … Continue reading

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Any Good News?

What is your good news these days?

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Were there some good points in the sermon you heard for Pentecost? Let us know what they were.

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A Sunday afternoon riff on salty bread and Chinese noodles

I am enjoying a break in my evening for a bit of frivolous entertainment. I was going to watch Bladerunner, but opted for something considerably lighter. However, in a moment of post-modern self-conscious connection-making I’ll make a connection between this … Continue reading

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Please use the sharing buttons!  Thanks! You have by now heard that the Holy Father’s valet, or butler, has been arrested for stealing documents and leaking them to the press.  The Butler is presently confined in the Vatican jail (yes, … Continue reading

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UPDATE on the dust up in the Diocese of Madison and YOUR signs of support

Some time ago I wrote here about the sad situation in Platteville, WI, in the Diocese of Madison where His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino is bishop. As you may remember, some liberals got their knickers in a knot … Continue reading

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Routine gizmo maintenance and reminders

Before I travel overseas I like to update my phones (USA and UK my old iPhone 3gs) and make sure everything is working well. I do the same to the laptop, of course. I did a jailbreak on my old … Continue reading

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