Category Archives: Just Too Cool

Football Player: “Maybe the coolest thing I’ve ever been a part of was a Latin Mass in London.”

Since I am a displaced Minnesotan, a reader thought that this bit of news might be of interest. NCReg has an interview a player on Minnesota Vikings, Kevin McDermott, both a mackeral-snapper and a long-snapper. Here is the bit that caught … Continue reading

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Vigil of Epiphany: Special Blessing of Water

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

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31 Dec: ‘Te Deum’ Indulgence

We read in the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum 26 that, under the usual conditions, people can gain a plenary indulgence by participating in a liturgical praying of the Te Deum for the end of the year. Is there one in your diocese … Continue reading

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“This shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.”

Here is a lovely image from a 13th c. French Psalter which I found at discarded images. During the Octave, contemplate the Infant King.

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D. Madison: Tabernacles must be moved to center of sanctuaries

For your Brick By Brick file. More great news from the Extraordinary Ordinary of Madison, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C Morlino. This comes by way of the liberal (for Madison a tautology), secular newspaper the WSJ.  My emphases and comments. At area Catholic … Continue reading

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What was the Star of Bethlehem?

I want to remind the readership of a cool DVD (sent to me last year by a reader) and website wherein a good argument is made about the Star of Bethlehem. What was the Star of Bethlehem, anyway? Surely it … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick – Houseling cloths installed!

Do you recall that I asked for help to determine a good way to attach houseling cloths on a Communion rail?  HERE  Many of you came through. By the way “housel” is a Middle and Old English word for “Eucharist”. … Continue reading

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Of the deaths of stars and souls

This is just too cool not to share.  From APOD: My emphases and comments: Explanation: It’s back. Never before has an observed supernova been predicted. The unique astronomical event occurred in the field of galaxy cluster MACS J1149.5+2223. Most bright … Continue reading

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SUPER COOL: Baseball player who was a spy in WWII

Do you have a friend or loved one who is a baseball fan?  A student of WWII? This book would make a great gift. A reader alerted me to this via email… one of the coolest things I have seen for a long … Continue reading

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Holy Year of 1950 in Rome with Pius XII

A film about the Holy Year of 1950 in Rome with Pius XII. You can see the opening of the Holy Door in that year. Things have changed a little in the meantime.

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Day 6 NYC – Soap Sisters, Stollen, and Soup Dumplings – ACTION ITEM!

I had a great road trip today.  Finally I was able to trek out into the darkest depths of New Jersey to find the Summit Dominicans, the famous “Soap Sisters” about whom I’ve written often. Your job, after reading what … Continue reading

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St. Juan Diego’s amazing miracle story

Remember… If we do not believe in miracles, we do not ask for them. If we do not ask for them, they will not be granted. We are not alone: the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant are closely knit, … Continue reading

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8 December 2005: this blog began. Tonight, Mass for Benefactors.

On 8 December 2005, I posted this photo.  This blog project began. This was a shot – from my apartment window – of the Basilica and Apostolic Palace on the evening of the day that Pope Benedict was elected. It … Continue reading

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Sister bags a buck

Here is a great story… This is from the Diocese of Erie, via Global News: Benedictine Sister John Paul Bauer prayed the rosary in her tree stand the first morning of hunting season. Then she shot and killed a 100-kilogram, … Continue reading

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High praise for Card. Sarah from Archbp. Gänswein

Ed Pentin has a good note at the National Catholic Register: Archbishop Gänswein Praises Cardinal Sarah for His Prophetic Witness Cardinal Robert Sarah’s boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th … Continue reading

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