When only images can convey our sorrow

Some things are simply too tragic for words.  Only images can convey our sorrow.

Disaster barely averted… but only through a self-less, chilling sacrifice.


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  1. Fr. Charles says:

    I confess that Stella Artois has long been an area where I make relaxationin the traditional Franciscan usus pauper.

  2. Why would anyone risk themselves for muck like Stella? It’s so bad, it’s almost like American “beer”! If you want to drink something from Belgium, try the Domus brewery. Or better still Maredsous – it must be something to do with Blessed Columba’s intercession.

  3. Steve White says:

    I am told (by friends in Poland) that several of the men in this commercial are very well known Polish actors.

  4. Supertradmom says:

    Perhaps Veuve Clicquot Grande Dame would be worth the effort!

  5. Joel L says:

    That’s just plain funny.

  6. Jay says:

    What I’d like to know is what is the music in this ad? Can anyone help?

  7. Christina says:

    Music is the Hungarian Rhapsody #2 by Franz Lizst.
    The “priest” shown near the end looks surprisingly like a young Cardinal Wyszynski, late Primate of Poland!

  8. Sieber says:

    Everything tastes better with a Lizst!

  9. jon says:

    My wife, who is Polish, says that the older priest who sends the young priest for the beer is named zbigniew zamachowski, the young priest who falls through the ice is wojciech klata. Klata was in a great series of Polish movies about the ten commandments (titled “Decalogue”?)

  10. joe says:

    Beveragewise, I find myself these days Lizsting to port.

  11. Bogna says:

    Yes, I confirm it’s Zamachowski and Klata.

  12. Kathy says:

    I think the funniest thing about this ad (besides the excellent facial expressions) is the apt, if exaggerated, characterization of male corporate social structures. Here they are clerics, but they could easily be a law firm or the Elks.

  13. Kradcliffe says:

    Cases of Stella are on sale this weekend at Asda for £7. Woot!

  14. Just too predictable!

  15. Thomas says:

    Ahhh, makes me look forward to tonight when I imbibe for the first time since Mardi Gras.

    It was a long 40 days, but on the plus side I lost 14 lbs.

  16. Jayna says:

    I have always been endlessly amused by that commercial. I would have liked to be in the room when they came up with the idea.

  17. ssoldie says:

    Funny… It dosent look like it’s as cold there, as it is in Minn

  18. Laura Lowder says:

    We occasionally find Stella in restaurants around here. It was a favorite of the Chorale Crowd when we frequented a particular Raleigh restaurant. Very funny commercial! – one I’ll share.

  19. Matt says:

    Fr. Marie-Paul, respectfully good father I suggest its so predictable because its so true….. :)

  20. Mark says:

    After filing my taxes, I think I could use a beer.

  21. Sandra in Severn says:

    Interesting choice of anti-spam words (ties with Stella Artois) Here I thought that this was Fr. Z and some priests that visited him up north! It was a beer commerical.

    Fitting, although I must confess that I prefer Andech’s (Benedictine Abbey Kloster Andechs, in Bavaria Germany). Beautiful Church, our ski club went there for Mass and then a hearty meal after we went to Oktoberfest. Also well known for their bier!

    Ich wünsche Ihnen frohe Ostern!

  22. Alan F. says:

    I remember that ad! They used to show it here in England.

    I think the main priest (not the one who fell in) looks a little bit like Fr. Z.

  23. Jay says:

    Thanks, Christina :)

  24. Christina says:

    I recognize Zamochowski from “With Fire and Sword” which I just watched for the first time (known in Polish as “Ogniem i Mieczem”).

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