Thanks to readers for generous feedback, gifts and donations

Many thanks to readers for items from my amazon wish list.

AH of AK sent the beautiful DVD Into Great Silence.  Very moving, entrancing.  I saw it in Rome when it first came out, but I am glad to have it.  It bears more than one viewing, for sure.

JMK of OH sent What is Truth?: From the Academy to the Vatican by John Rist.  I had courses from Prof. Rist.  His books are really good and very hard.  He is probably the great working ethicist right now and a brilliant Augustinian scholar.  I think this is an important book.  Try also his Real Ethics: Reconsidering the Foundations of Morality and also Augustine: Ancient Thought Baptized.

SB of W. Sussex sent Lovely, Like Jerusalem: The Fulfillment of the Old Testament in Christ and the Church by Aidan Nichols.  Haven’t read this yet.

"Mariadevotee" sent Ultra ULT33046 2000 VA 1200 W Backup UPS with AVR.  This is of critical importance where the Sabine Farm is!  I simply must bolster the electronic things I have against the surges and outages.  And I got two of them!

When there is lightening anywhere in the area, way out here, this house gets hammered with surges and power losses.  When there are storms I can hear my UPS’s beeping and buzzing all over the house.  So, I was very happy to two of these sturdy UPS units! 

The first arrived in a very fancy … well here it is:

It’s a very colorful, and very large gift bag. 

I was mystified when it arrived and delighted when I opened it.

Especially when I read the tag:


Father, God bless you for all you do to advance the Kingdom.  I check your website several times a day and often find postings that inspire and edify.  Thanks for helping me to grow in holiness.  In Christ, Mariadevotee


Thanks.   These things make a difference.

The blog is quite a bit of work.  Without feedback of this kind, it is hard to know if it makes a difference. 

On that same note, I am also very grateful to those of who recently used the donation button on the left side bar and on some posts.  I keep a list of recent donors and remember you at Mass, as befits gratitude toward benefactors.  Because of you, I am going to be able to go to Cleveland and attend the jubilee of a priest friend. 

The donations are each received as an indication that in an entry I must have done something right.

Thus emboldened I will continue to ask your help. I want to go to London for the launch of the new journal Usus Antiquior, 14 September. I think this journal might be quite important and I want to thow my weight behind it.  Your donations will help.

Many thanks to you all.


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  1. m.a. says:

    I recently watched Into Great Silence after reading about it somewhere. I thought it was absolutely wonderful and very beautiful! And I consider myself a progressive, so you see, not all of us have disdain for traditional ways to holiness. :)

  2. cathguy says:


    I bet you are not alone. The sort of beauty and holiness depicted in the “Into Great Silence” DVD touches everyone, regardless of meaningless ideologies.

    You know what is interesting; I have found myself having some of the most civil and lovely conversations with progressives who also love the traditional rites. (This is odd because I am a little to the right of Pat Buchanan! :) )

    I think tradition unites the Church.

    Pray for me.

  3. JR says:

    I wish PayPal would let one leave a message when one makes a donation. At any rate… Get thyself to London! And… if possible pray for me in front of St. Thomas Moore’s grave at the Tower (my Confirmation Saint).

    God bless you Fr. Z!

  4. JR says:

    Ooops… looks like the “O” key got away from me. Yes, I did mean St. Thomas More. Ha!

  5. JR: Thanks for the sentiment. I am looking into ticket prices and starting to contact people there for lodging.

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