Looking for gift ideas for priests? Here’s one!

I have had a few notes from people asking for ideas about what to give to priests for Christmas.  Yes, I know it is early, but getting these things done early is better than leaving them to the last minute… sort of like confession.

Because the great Vincenzo, official WDTPRS photoshoper, has been so good to me over the years, I want to push his fun Pius Clock.  I have one.

A clock with the Popes Pii as the numbers.  Fun.

I got the large wall clock.

This CD gives you a sense of the scale.

On the wall over my desk area.

I encourage you to check out Vincenzo’s online Pope Pius Clock store and “give him the business”.

Vincenzo has often amused us here with his good humor in the images he has created and posted in comments. He has been of help to this blog with some graphics work.

We can’t know if we will ever see a Pius XIII. Until such time, the Popes Pius are serving in yet another role!

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. AnnAsher says:

    Nice clock. Nice Sede Vacante sign ;-) . I’m feeling brilliant as the condition of your desk resembles the condition of my table by midday. Surely this is a sign of genius?

  2. danivdp says:

    Ooh, I have that same icon of the BVM….got it for my wedding 11 years ago. It’s nice to have a peek into the Z-space.

  3. I have, in general, never warmed to comments about the state of my desk.

    When I was grad student we teaching assistants had our own room with desks and bookshelves, etc. One of the other TA’s was a … rather snotty woman, for lack of a better way of putting it. She would walk by and opine, “A cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind.” Day after day, I got the comment: “Cluttered desk… cluttered mind.” One day, while passing by her perfectly clean desk, not a thing on it, I opined in turn, “Empty desk….”


  4. I love the sign Father, you crack me up!

  5. “Empty desk” I will have to remember that one. I am a clutterer.

  6. irishgirl says:

    Yes, that ‘Sede Vacante’ sign cracks me up, too!
    And good thing you ‘got back’ to that snotty woman, Father Z! Good for you!

  7. Mary Jane says:

    Great photo of your office Fr Z! Love the Sede sign! All the monitors are great too. I was a TA in college (although not grad school) – actually we were called “SI” (supplemental instructor). The TA you described sounds like a meanie…!

  8. Mary Jane: All of us were mean.

  9. Johnno says:

    My desk is not cluttered. It may look cluttered, but everything is actually ordered in my mind and in its rightful place. My mother will never understand…

  10. disco says:

    Looks like you need an umbrellino for your sede vacante….

  11. Slappo says:

    What a holy way to keep track of time at work. I want one for my office now!

  12. ddoyle1220 says:

    ah, the Sede Vacante sign… a sign of Z-Chat!

  13. AnnAsher says:

    Sorry. I meant the comment fondly. Our table, where we learn and teach and form characters, becomes a place of books, papers, laptops and iPad. It’s a busy place – but I hope a brilliant one.

  14. I, too, have a Pope Pius clock of Vincenzo’s and I enjoy it very much. I reviewed it on my blog at one point. Everyone: Vincenzo, has designed, free of charge, a large majority of headers on Catholic blogs as well as donated his talent, free of charge, via photoshops to punctuate blog posts.Help him out. He’s a nice guy and a good friend.

  15. APX says:

    One day, while passing by her perfectly clean desk, not a thing on it, I opined in turn, “Empty desk….”

    While I know it’s not the same, I used to get similar treatment in elementary school from my grade 7 teacher because regardless of how hard I tried to keep my desk all neat and organized inside, it never worked for me. He used to dump my desk while I was outside for recess, thus forcing me to re-organize my desk in front of everyone. One day when I finally got sick and tired of him dumping my desk and took him out in the hall to discuss my displeasure with what he was doing and how humiliating it was to have to put my desk back in order in front of everyone. He instructed me that he was doing me a favor because I had “such bad organizational skills that [I] wouldn’t be able to hold a job at McDonald’s.” Nice guy he was.

    As a student whose desk, kitchen table, and coffee table are all cluttered with the remains of this semester’s term-paper and report writing madness, I take solstice in knowing that even people far more intelligent than myself have cluttered desks.

  16. My desk always used to follow the Biblical filing system.
    “Seek and ye shall find…. eventually”

    About that clock – that is actually so much more tasteful than some of the stuff out there. I want one : )

  17. Centristian says:

    One more Pope John and he can market a military time clock.

  18. MyBrokenFiat says:

    Licensed… I want to give you a “thumbs up” for that comment SO badly!!!

    APX, methinks you were blessed with that teacher so you’d know never to do such a horrible, horrible thing to any of your students.

    Oh, how awful to think a teacher could do so hurtful a thing to students… *shakes head*

    Clock, BTW – brilliant.

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