Monthly Archives: December 2009

Card. Daly

Prayers are requested by some readers not only for the Church in Ireland, but especially right now for retired Cahal Card. Daly. Ireland’s most senior Cardinal, Cahal Daly, has been taken Belfast City Hospital where he is said to be … Read More

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Benedict XIV

After the time I spent in a course from the Congregation for Causes of Saints, my fingers – mainly from muscle memory I think – tend to type Benedict XIV instead of Benedict XVI. Here is a wonderful painting of … Read More

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Where you are

Here is a small snapshot of the last few minutes of visitors to the blog.  The locations are in some cases estimations. Rome, Lazio Carnwath, South Lanarks… Waterbury, Connecticut Cheshire, Connecticut Orlando, Florida Nashville, Tennessee Louisville, Kentucky Chicago, Illinois Greenville, … Read More

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Good news?

What’s going on?   Have any good news to share?

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Card. Etchegaray

We read on VIS from yesterday that Roger Card. Etchegaray, 87, underwent an operation for the broken femur (upper leg bone) he received as a Christmas gift from the wacko who pulled Pope Benedict down. Please remember Card. Etchegaray in … Read More

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A day in New York

A wonderful day in NYC. It was warm and sunny.  Here is a nice view of my favorite tall building, the Chrysler Building, with its shining hubcaps. After lunch we caught a train to Columbus Circle and then had a … Read More

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Lunch under the bridge

I met two friends after Mass for lunch at Pershing Square under the bridge at Grand Central Terminal. Best. Corned Beef Hash. Anywhere.

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Other incidents concerning the Vatican and security

The intrepid Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli has an interesting piece today.  Here is my fast translation of a key bit: A car driven by an unbalanced young man entered at high velocity into the Vatican bypassing both the check of … Read More

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Sunday in the Octave of Christmas – Holy Family

In the Novus Ordo, today is the Feast of the Holy Family.  We are also observing Sunday in the Octave of Christmas. A liturgical “octave” is an eight day period following and including the feast. In a way, the Church … Read More

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Afternoon at the Met

It is steamy in here and there are way too many people but a trip to the Met Museum us always worth the trouble. I especially wanted to see the recovered Velasquez and American Stories.

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Longford Cathedral burned

I saw on Vultus Christi that the Cathedral of Longford, Ireland, has burned. Do say a pray for the folks there.  That is a heavy loss. The faithful in Ireland have really suffered lately.

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Warm lunch on rainy windy day

It’s raining and blowing in blustery Manhattan. On such a day I am glad that the rectory is so close to one of the best Chinese restaurants on the island. Thus as I wait for the main I am enjoying … Read More

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In the wake of the recent physical attack on the Pope…

… I wonder if the issue of the sedia gestatoria should be revisited. In years past when the Holy Father was carried on the sedia gestatoria, there were adequate lines of men flanking the chair bearers so that no one … Read More

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Lunch at Katz’s Deli on Christmas Day

On Christmas Day I friends and went to Katz’s Deli on Houston.  This is a BUSY place. The owner, schmoozing.  This is one of many reasons why the business is good. Since I couldn’t decide easily what to order, one … Read More

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How was Christmas?

What did you wind up doing for Christmas? Let us know about the good content of sermons you heard. Get anything special?  Give anything special?

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QUAERITUR: patterns for lacemaking for church linens, etc.

From a reader in Poland: We (me & my wife) are searching the network for good, noble and beautiful patterns of filet crochet church laces for bordering altar clothes, cottas and surplices for our church. I am sure that You … Read More

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QUAERITUR: “Litanies of the Love of God” by St. Pius V

A friend here in NYC asked an interesting question yesterday.  I want to enlist the help of other readers to come up with the answer. Here are the basics.  Apparently Pope Pius V wrote a "Litanies of the Love of … Read More

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Some fellow asserts the Lord was actually born into wealth. Ha!

You have probably read or heard about the 1st c. house unearthed in Nazareth.  Pretty humble place. From CNN: Passions over ‘prosperity gospel’: Was Jesus wealthy?By John Blake, CNNDecember 25, 2009 — Updated 0912 GMT (1712 HKT) (CNN) — Each … Read More

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What shall we do about terrorists on airplanes?

About that terrorist attack on the NW/Delta plane from Amsterdam to Detroit. I have been on that route many times.  And on that aircraft, the Airbus 330, I always sit in that area of the craft when I am not … Read More

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Grand Central

On Christmas Day Grand Central Terminal is not as frenetic as on a work day but people are still bustling through. Terminals are odd places. People only come in order to leave. I will leave when I have met my … Read More

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