Category Archives: Just Too Cool

Fun about a box of stuff, a papal tomb and ancient reading glasses (“cheaters”)

In addition to books that pour in, and a few magazines, I get the monthly newsletter from the Fabbrica di San Pietro.   They always have fascinating short articles with photos about aspects of the Basilica of St. Peter and the grounds … Continue reading

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An Argentinian bishop on Communion in the hand

An retired bishop in Argentina, age 92, Most Rev. Juan Rodolfo Laise, O.F.M.Cap. has a book: HOLY COMMUNION Communion in the Hand: Documents & History – Some Reflections on Spiritual Communion and the State of Grace – 2018 218 pages hardcover … Continue reading

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Marble machine

And now for something completely different. A friend sent this. It’s amazing.

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Special Blessing of Epiphany Water on the Vigil of Epiphany

Wonderful customs come with the Feast of the Epiphany.  Real Epiphany is 6 January, by the way.  Happily, this year it doesn’t get transferred to a Sunday because it falls on a Sunday. On Epiphany we find in the Roman … Continue reading

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Photos of Ultima Thule!

The first images of Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule are on SpaceWeather. New Horizons is a NASA spacecraft that was the first to visit Pluto in July 2015.  It continued into the Kuiper Belt.   This is only the fifth craft … Continue reading

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Holy See Spokesman Greg Burke resigned

Today I was greeted with the excellent new that my old friend Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See Press Office and papal spokesman, has resigned.  I am delighted for him. While you could not assemble a better man … Continue reading

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A Rorate Mass for UW students

As we come to the close of the year, you are surely thinking about your end of year charitable giving. Please remember the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison,  a 501(c)(3) organization.  Your donations are tax-deductible.  Click the link … Continue reading

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TERRIFIC! School Choir accomplished, back to back, Solemn Roman and Eastern liturgy!

This is impressive by anyone’s standards. The wonderful Lyceum school in Cleveland, has a great choir.  They sang for a Pontifical Mass with Card. Burke and then a Divine Liturgy with Bp.Milan Lach. Read about it HERE. I want to … Continue reading

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On this day in 2005 …

Today is the 13th birthday of the blog. I started it originally for the purpose of creating an online archive for my weekly articles for The Wanderer.  It rapidly grew into something more than that. You readers have been very good … Continue reading

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New art from Daniel MITSUI – great gift idea

Are looking for unique religious gifts? May I suggest checking out the beautiful art of Daniel Mitsui? Daniel works with a fascinating fusion of forms and produces some invocative religious images, pleasing at a glance but profitable for contemplation. He … Continue reading

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And now a message from fictional priest Fr. Charles “Chuck” O’Malley

Now that I am at home and banged up, instead of on the road and banged up (that was not fun), I think I have some good evening viewing lined up. There is a great article at The Catholic Sun about … Continue reading

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STIR UP SUNDAY 2018 – Christmas Puddings, Explosions, and You

The last Sunday before the new year is Stir Up Sunday. This is the day on which many will prepare their traditional English Christmas Pudding. The “stir up” comes from the first words of the traditional Collect at Mass of … Continue reading

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The effect of the Extraordinary Form on vocations to the priesthood

From a reader… In recent weeks I recall reading here and elsewhere some encouraging speculation and projections about the numbers of vocations produced by traditional vs. non-traditional types of communities. I’ve discovered that my parish seems to support those projections. … Continue reading

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19 Nov 1863: The Gettysburg Address

Today is the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.   It wasn’t much attended at the moment, but over time it has been recognized one of the greatest public speeches ever. Four and a half months after the Battle of Gettysburg, on … Continue reading

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Sweetheart Grips and Fortune’s Wheel

I can’t resist posting this. There are a lot of after market gizmos and gadgets that one can use to bling-up?… pimp?… one’s 1911 (“Nineteen-Eleven”), that classic, US military issue pistol to which so many (I am not one of … Continue reading

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