Category Archives: Just Too Cool

Fr. Sirico of @ActonInstitute on Pres. Trump’s Prayer Service

My friend Fr. Robert Sirico of ACTON INSTITUTE was one with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto for coverage of the Prayer Service the day after President Trump’s inauguration. Fr. Sirico and ACTON INSTITUTE make lefty catholics such as those at the … Continue reading

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A level stretch

From the Gospel reading today for the Feast of St. Fabian and St. Sebastian: Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord. Luke 6:17-23 At that time, Jesus coming down from the mountain, … Continue reading

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“As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free”

I must admit that I get a little choked up at the last verse of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.  Remembering also that Pres. Bush had the US Army Chorus sing this for ” target=”_blank”>Pope Benedict at the White … Continue reading

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Trump appointee’s stockings

From ChurchPop: You don’t see this very often in Washington D.C.! Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) has been nominated by Donald J. Trump to be the new Secretary of the Interior. And at his Senate confirmation hearing, Rep. Zinke wore something … Continue reading

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14 January: Happy Feast of the Ass!

Rev. Mr. Greg Kandra reminds us that today is the Feast of the Ass.  Wikipedia HERE I wrote about this back in 2012 HERE There are medieval liturgical rites which ought to be revived… not just on this day but … Continue reading

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Never underestimate the power of an invitation

I incessantly tell congregations never to underestimate the power of an invitation.   By that I mean that people should be inviting to others to go with them to Holy Mass or to church for confession and other events.  Invitations … Continue reading

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The knock on effect of small acts performed with love

At both the blog of my friend Fr. Jeffrey Keyes (Beauty Evangelizes … so true) and repeated at NLM there are photos of how the sister who sets up Father’s Mass vestments in the sacristy arranges the ties of the amice. … Continue reading

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OLDIE POST: What was the Star of Bethlehem?

In the older, traditional calendar, and in the tradition of both East and West from the earliest days, Friday 6 January was Epiphany.  However, we are now in the time after Epiphany. I want to remind the readership of a … Continue reading

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UPDATE: News about Philip Johnson… GOOD news!

As long ago as 2011 I’ve been praying for Philip Johnson, with a brain tumor and who underwent pretty horrible treatment.  Philip was a seminarian of the Diocese of Raleigh. He was a seminarian for Raleigh, but is no longer. Congratulations … Continue reading

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TIsk… tisk… look at all those traditional hats! Fancy vestments! Gold! Tradition!

I am watching a live stream on Russian TV of the Christmas Divine Liturgy.  The feed started in the Moscow Cathedral and then cut to Vladimir Putin’s church, where he seemed to be following the prayers attentively.  Then it returned … Continue reading

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“…the language demons fear the most…”

At Catholic Gentleman we find an interview with “Mixed Martial Arts” fighter, Bas Rutten.  Biretta tip to a reader –   o{]:¬) In the interview we find: 14. You say frequently, “Deo gratias!” This is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” … Continue reading

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Vigil of Epiphany: Blessing of Epiphany Water

Wonderful customs come with the Feast of the Epiphany.  Real Epiphany is 6 January, by the way. On Epiphany we can bless gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Please bring all your spare, unblessed myrrh to your priest… and your gold.  Bring … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What’s up with the ‘penitential wand’ and indulgences?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently read about the indulgences formerly attached to being touched by the ‘penitential wand’ in Rome in the Raccolta. I’ve been trying to find more information about this practice online, all to no avail. I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Blessing wine on St. John’s Day… or “another beverage”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: You usually give your readership an annual reminder for the blessing of wine on St. John’s Day. The Rituale says “Benedicere… hunc calicem vini et CUJUSLIBET POTUS”- so presumably any hard beverage could be blessed with … Continue reading

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Super cool Galileo gravity experiment

Super cool. Galileo claimed that if there was no air, a cannonball and a feather would, if dropped, hit the ground at the same time. One of the Apollo astronauts did this experiment on the moon with a hammer and … Continue reading

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