Progress report

A serious step forward for my summer work of reading, research and writing is now accomplished.

When you leave a place like Rome, with all its libraries and resources and, yes, distractions to retreat Horace-like to the quiet of the countryside away from the noise and fumes, it is necessary to gather the proper instruments for your work. 

The chapel is clean and looking good.  I have a couple thousand books at hand including good reference works, some unparalleled databases for the Fathers and for St. Augustine in particular.  I have mastered the use of the internet catalogues and interlibrary loans through the good but small library nearby.  Nice people.  My bandwidth here is a zillion times faster than what I suffered with in Roma.  Skype keeps me in video and audio contact with all points of the globe and I get upward of 300 e-mail a day. 

However, there are somethings without which a man simply cannot work.

Yes, friends, my deck furniture has been extracted from the storage barn and my grill is back in place.

I can now begin my work in earnest.

A jar of sun tea is in development as I write (I added mint this time).  And, let’s see… there is Braves @ Twins game tonight.

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  1. Alan Stout says:

    Fr. Z,
    You are so right about the grill and deck furnature, it is simply impossible to get anything done without it. Cheers to you!

  2. Tim says:

    A man who appreciates the finer things in life!

  3. Charles says:

    The wonderful weather we’ve been having makes me wish I had a laptop and some nice patio furniture. All my work would be done on the deck instead of in the dank dungeon headquarters of the University of Saskatchewan’s History Grad Students’ study room. It is located next to the boiler room of the Arts and Science building on perhaps the most beautiful campus in Canada. It’s enough to make one weep.

  4. Jon says:

    …beer, where’s the beer!?!

  5. Jon says:


    Now that’s odd. My punctuation indicating justified alarm and bewilderment(question mark and exclamation points)at the apparent absence of suds in your idyll appear on the left in “Recent Comments,” but not in the combox itself.

  6. If I ever went to Rome, I don’t think I’d ever be able to leave.

  7. Brian Day says:

    Grill: Charcoal or gas?

    I’m not a purist on that one. I acknowledge a slight advantage to charcoal, but nothing beats the convenience of gas. I am setup with natural gas, no no need to mess with propane tanks!

  8. gravitas says:

    Father, I know many of us have asked a bunch, and i know I’ve seen on view of the outside and maybe a bad shot of the inside, but can you post a bunch of shots of your chapel, inside and out? And maybe a story about how you built it and furnished it?

  9. Life is good! Many more blessings to you, Father!

  10. Dr. Lee Fratantuono says:

    Nothing Father has described would be unappealing in its spirit to Belloc or, indeed, numerous luminaries and thinkers of authentic Christendom.

  11. Randy Walker says:

    Father Z, I enjoy your podcasts and would like to have more reading references for the “No Mass In Heaven” program. I love your taste in music, it is always new music to me and is always refreshing. I wish you well this summer. If you have an invitational mass or event I would like an evite, please. The daily reading today cought my attention today because of the reference to salt losing its taste. I am of the mind this is not possible, if salt is to lose taste it is no longer salt! Thank You for your contributions to Christendom and enriching the Roman Catholic Church. Randy Walker

  12. Geoffrey says:

    Alleluia! The Z-Cam and Radio Sabina are back! I’ve been waiting almost a year for this! :-)

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