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  1. Microtouch says:

    My Father who suffered a stroke several weeks ago is making daily progress and should recover near 100%. Deo Gratias.

  2. doanli says:

    I’ve discovered and found a friend in St Padre Pio!

    Thankful for all of my saint friends, the Lord’s love, and also that I found another Catholic woman, who is a lot like me, as a friend here on Earth.

  3. erinalicia says:

    I gave birth to a beautiful and perfect little girl a week ago. She is healthy and thriving – i can’t ask for anything more! What a gift from God! I am so blessed to be her mother!

  4. irishgirl says:

    I went to the ‘Pilgrimage for the Catholic Restoration’ at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in upstate New York this past Saturday. The weather was perfect-nice breeze, sunny, the rain held off. There weren’t as many pilgrims as in past years, but the spirit and enthusiasm made up for the lack of participants. I brought along my replica of St. Joan of Arc’s battle standard as an ‘honorary member’ of the pilgrimage’s ‘St Joan of Arc Brigade’. We sang the ‘Na Nobis, Domine’ hymn from ‘Henry V’ (1989 version) and ‘Jubilate Deo’ as we processed to the main church on the shrine grounds for Mass. I had a wonderful day-I met some of the priests who either walked with the brigades or offered the Mass (FSSP and ICKSP).

    And in my mail as I got ready to leave my house, I found a copy of the UK edition of ‘Magnificat’ magazine that had all the texts of the public Masses and ceremonies of the Holy Father’s visit! My priest-friend in the north of England sent it to me! I was absolutely overjoyed to receive it!

  5. danphunter1 says:

    A friend of our family gave birth, prematurely to a 3 pound 5 oz girl named Camelita.
    Both mother and child are doing well.
    Deo Gratias!

  6. Eugenia says:

    I’ll go to Sibir for beginning of my formation as religios this week.

  7. SuzieQ says:

    My cousin survived what could have been a fatal heart attack this weekend and is going to be able to go home in the next couple of days.

  8. CCS says:

    Our pastor put a nice letter in the bulletin about “renewed vigilance and attention to the GIRM during the celebration of the Eucharist.” Among the changes, bells at communion and purifying the sacred vessels at the altar. Small changes, but meaningful ones.

  9. Ed Mechmann says:

    My wife just got a part-time job as a librarian, after having been laid off twice in the last two years from school libraries. Lots of prayers, thanks be to God!

  10. I’ve resumed my formal study of Latin — and have gotten into the wonderful habit of studying while enjoying a nice hot cup of Mystic Monk Coffee (ordered via the WTDPRS link, of course)! :D

  11. Tim Ferguson says:

    I have completed the terms of my contract with the archdiocese, meaning that I have paid back through sweat-equity the full cost of my canonical education. I now “own” my JCL degree free and clear!

  12. TomB says:

    My favorite blog seems to be running flawlessly!

  13. Ed,
    Deo gratias! As a librarian myself, I pray each day for all of my many co-professionals who have lost their jobs. I think it is especially a shame for school librarians to be laid off–they do so much good for the students and teachers! I’ve always been in awe of school librarians. :)

  14. Dr. Eric says:

    I wish I had better news, but it appears that my in-laws that had moved to Alaska are coming back and moving to our town. :’-(

    On the bright side, we celebrated my grandmother’s 80th birthday last night. She still drives and goes to bingo twice per week!

  15. introibo says:

    My 15-year old daughter succesfully graded for and received her black belt in Tang Soo Do karate on Friday night..

  16. Mike says:

    Small, but good news. The (lackluster and liberal) parish in my college town decided to replace the ugly pewter “goblets” with silver chalices and gold plating. It also seemed the threw away the silver-painted plastic bowls and replaced them with silver, gold-plated ciboria! Brick by brick!

  17. lux_perpetua says:

    so much good news its almost intolerable.

    celebrated a friend’s birthday yesterday by assisting at the TLM at St. Paul’s [now that’s what I call a fruit of S.P.] followed by happy travails through the Italian market culminating in gorging ourselves on copious amounts of Pizza, pasta, seafood, tiramisu, and wine. now that’s what i call a sunday!!! Some had never been to the EF before.

    Will be singing at the Red Mass next Monday!

    have health and dental insurance once again starting on october 1 thanks be to God!!! and as though that didn’t make the day good enough, will also be able to attend Mass at the Carmelite Monastery for St. Therese’ Feast day.

  18. Adam Welp says:

    The offer my wife and I placed on a house on Friday was accepted on Sunday! Looks like we are now first time home buyers!

  19. lux_perpetua says:

    oh and how could i forget… Friday at the abortion clinic a 15-year-old girl changed her mind and left… even more amazing is that she was inside the clinic when she decided to leave. God is so glorious.

    Dr. eric, i straight up laughed out loud when i read your post.

  20. PostCatholic says:

    Last weekend, I attended the wedding of a couple I’d introduced in a work setting four years ago. This weekend, I turned 40 and received a lot of great wishes, and a very touching handmade gift from young friends. I’m working on the website of a client who was just entered into the first round of the Grammy awards. Lots of happy things happening.

  21. Robert_H says:

    I’m starting to pray the Rosary in Latin in hopes of better learning some of the prayers by heart. Unfortunately, if I wait until the kids go to bed, I fall asleep every time.

    Probably what I need is a of

  22. Robert_H says:

    Arrgh! No preview button = probable comment fail. Dang IE 6 and workplace IT-nazis.

    Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more:

    I need a WDTPRS mug of Mystic Monk coffee.

  23. AnAmericanMother says:

    Small but exciting news for me . . .
    My youngest Labrador Retriever (18 months) passed her Hunt Test successfully two days in a row to gain her Started Hunting Retriever title in HRC. I call her my “semi-rescue” because (although she was neither neglected nor abused) I got her at 9 months old after she had been vegetating in a dog yard as the last of a litter that didn’t sell. She has turned out to be a great little hunting dog despite her late start.

  24. AnAmericanMother says:


    I have heard that if you fall asleep saying your Rosary, your Guardian Angel will finish it for you.
    Doubtless that is even more applicable to saying it in Latin!
    Apropos of Mystic Monk Coffee, so far my daughter prefers the Cowboy Blend. The next best thing to actually living in Wyoming.

  25. dad29 says:

    In early September, the Diocese of Madison, WI, announced that it was sponsoring a symposium on Sacred Music with a brief practicum on Gregorian Chant included. The eminento giving the lecture/demo will be Fr. Robert Skeris, Ph.D.

    As of last week (!!) the Diocese closed reservations, having had 50 people sign up for ALL the event, and another 10 for part-days.

    Brick by brick!!

    AAM: howdy. Am ninenot on FreePer!

  26. K. Marie says:

    My package of Mystic Monk coffee arrived today!

  27. Margaret says:

    One of my teenagers appears to have turned a corner. Awful doesn’t even begin to describe her past year of HS as a sophomore. She is super-smart and creative, yet her GPA fell below a 1.0. She cut classes in a horribly misguided attempt to catch up on homework and (how is this possible??) forgot to hand in assignments she had completed. A teacher recommended her for an alternative program for her junior and senior years, which she applied for, was accepted into, and started in mid-August.

    The change has been amazing. She is working harder at school than she ever has before, but doesn’t mind because it is stimulating, challenging material rather than the busy-work that drove her to distraction. Her grades are way up and her attitude is great. And— this Friday she is looking forward to starting at the teen girls’ group at our parish, run by a terrific group of young, energetic, orthodox habit-wearing sisters. Thanks be to God for his ridiculously generous graces.

  28. AnAmericanMother says:

    Howdy back! Good to see you!

  29. ejcmartin says:

    I feel like I am sixteen again. Six weeks after open heart surgery I am able drive a car (on my own!)

  30. ipadre says:

    A reproduction of Raphale’s Disputation of the Holy Sacrament went up in my church. Brick by brick!

  31. Mystic Monk Coffee will help you learn Latin even faster.

  32. Disputation by Disputation!

  33. I’m a former Lutheran clergyman who has decided to come home to the Rock on which the Lord built His Church.

  34. Laudetur Iesus Christus!

    Fr. Z <--- former Lutheran

  35. a catechist says:

    a little late, but for Mary’s Nativity, the kids had flowers, living rosary, and a crowning at their little Catholic school. My 5 yr. old shared her flowers with a kid who didn’t bring any, “because that would make Saint Mary happy.”

    Also, I received funding from my diocese to help pursue more study of the Old Testament. I hope in 2012, when I’ve finished the program, to take up my bishop’s call for more adult catechesis.

    Of course, more study with little kids means more Mystic Monk (on its way!) and the Ethiopian puts me in a contemplative frame of mind. With all those Latin blessings for beer, wine, etc., we really need a Latin Grace Before Coffee, Fr. Z….

  36. thymos says:

    Baby Boy Born! Bennett Joseph, our fifth.

  37. Liz says:

    I think I’m raising Fr. Z. I told my 10-year old to make his own omelette for lunch and when I got home (17-year old was in charge) I noticed, among other things, he had been into the fresh herbs. Methinks he should be helping with meal prep. Kids helping with the the chores is always good news in my book!

  38. AnAmericanMother says:

    What wonderful, wonderful news!

    It took the U.S. Marine Corps to straighten out my youngest, but that seems to have done the trick!

  39. kelleyb says:

    We are actually on vacation….first time in 3 years. My hubby really needs the down time. Thank you, Lord.

  40. Girgadis says:

    Two of my favorite feasts, which will be spent at the Carmelite Monastery in Philadelphia, happen within days of each other this week: the Archangels and St. Therese, with St. Jerome sandwiched in between. Next Sunday at St. Paul’s, Father is celebrating the external feast of Our Lady of the Rosary with Mass in the Extraordinary Form, followed by a Rosary procession throughout the neighborhood, with the schola chanting the prayers. St. Therese dropped a rose into my lap when I received a phone call last week asking if I would be interested in a job that I’ve always considered ideal but figured would not be vacated in my lifetime. It would be far less stressful than the one I have now and is just a few blocks from where I go to weekday morning Mass. And on the shallow, superficial side of things, the Phils are a game away from clinching the NL East for the third year in a row.

  41. mrsmontoya says:

    I will have to blogpost the whole story, but here is the short version:
    I will have to post the extended version to my blog, but in the meantime:
    1. A year ago, work began changing from interesting to unbearable. I know now the new boss had decided to get rid of me.
    2. Through the year I fought for my job and prayed for discernment of God’s will for me.
    3. As a result: I was laid off with severance, career counseling, and vacation pay. I determined a new career goal and a minimum income level.
    4. Within a week of determining my new career field, I started my new position, working at a Catholic retreat center close to my home.
    5. Today is my 2nd week on the job and all goes well.

    God is SO wonderful.

  42. bookworm says:

    My husband survived his first solo motorcycle ride today :-) Fortunately he had great weather, nice gear (helmet, jacket, pants, boots) and quiet country roads to travel upon.

  43. Charivari Rob says:

    In the last few days…

    > some new faces at the Parish for Sunday Mass a week or two ago – and they were back this Sunday!
    > I got to meet a humble and gracious priest/historian – Father Cyprian Davis, OSB
    > I learned that some friends are becoming Associates of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament

  44. Gaz says:

    My daughter received the Sacraments of Confirmation and her First Holy Communion. EF the following week. Elder daughter (16) still not complaining about the EF.

  45. I was going to say “And Baby makes Threemos”, but apparently you had fourmos than I knew! Congratulations!

    And welcome to Ca(r?)melita, also.

  46. Dr. Eric says:

    I have been posting the saga of my in-laws for the past couple of months on the good news posts here on wdtprs. It’s too bad they’re moving back. I really loved that buffer zone.

  47. AnAmericanMother says:

    Liz, if an incentive is needed you might tell your son that my dad learned to cook as a kid and it really paid off when he went away to school. He lived in a house with six other students and he never had to lift a finger to dust, do laundry, make beds, wash dishes, etc. because he did all the cooking and none of them knew how!

  48. robtbrown says:

    The Kindle arrived, and it seems more than worth the price–($139 + $39 for the carrying case. NB: Good American that I am, I like to connect good news with materialism.

    1. Mostly, I will use it to download articles, books, etc., from the Internet. There is a site ( link) that is absolutely loaded with superb authors, and the books are already in Kindle format. Other books and articles usually need to be run through software like Calibre, which is free on the Net.

    2. One handy facility is that it remembers where you stopped reading. You can also search within each work.

    3. Although I haven’t set it up yet, it has WiFi capability.

  49. Jack Hughes says:

    HI everyone I know I haven’t commened in the past week or so but is because of mega good news!! I’m staying with Nazareth Priest and Co in wisconsin and will be doing so for the next 5 weeks (been here one week already)!!! also I’m gonna be taking a trip down on the 15th-19th next month to the fathers of Mercy !!!

    As I ‘ll only be commenting every couple of days (due to the fact that I wont be at the computer as much) feel free to contact me at jack (dot) hughes (at) live (dot) uwe (dot) uk, only don’t expect a reply for a couple of days.

    ps the dogs here are really cute!!!

  50. Father, it has done a spectacular job of helping me remember things I learned in my undergrad Latin classes (10+ years ago now). Given my usually not-so-sharp memory, I am convinced that Mystic Monk Coffee is indeed a blessed beverage. And how delicious too! Truly one of the finer things in life.

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