Category Archives: Just Too Cool

Benedictines of Norcia make GREAT beer! Coming to these USA!

In the wake of not-so-great news, here is some wonderful news. Birra Nursia comes to these USA!   Dear readers, I can testify that this is excellent beer.  And it is made by monks who are worthy of your support. … Continue reading

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It’s … ALIVE!

Some of you have suggested that I have a penchant for eating things like gagh.  I won’t deny it. The other day I had something that you might find interesting.

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CH: Curry recipe found in 1793 book at Downside Abbey

This is fun. From the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald.  I write a column for the CH called Omnium Gatherum.  It isn’t about food… though it could be, now that I think about it.  Wouldn’t that be a kick? Curry recipe … Continue reading

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What should this new planet be named? From AP: Scientists: Good evidence for 9th planet in solar system CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists reported Wednesday they finally have “good evidence” for Planet X, a true ninth planet on the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What is the “Ave Maria” on Roman Curia calendars?

From a reader: A friend who was in Rome gave me a curial calendar. What does the “Ave Maria,” which usually occurs about half an hour after sundown, signify? My understanding is that a bell is wrung. Is a particular … Continue reading

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Giving Catholic children the gift of music

Yesterday I read in the newest issue of Sacred Music an article about the Ward Method of teaching Gregorian chant to the young. Today I received a note from a priest friend in Texas, Fr. Reynolds, about the music program for the … Continue reading

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“Unarmed women had faced down the world-conquering Nazis”

I am presently working through Mark Riebling’s Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler. I found an interesting anecdote about what happened in Bavaria when the Nazis took Crucifixes out of schools. In rural Bavaria, there were already … Continue reading

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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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