REMINDER: Z-Swag – Newman’s “To be deep in history” Mug

Those of you who may be new readers may not know about the mug I made with a phrase of Bl. John Henry Newman: “To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant.

Thinking back on the course of my own conversion, the elements which made it easier to take the plunge, and considering the growing projects of the Anglican Ordinariates, and also remembering that Benedict XVI – the Pope of Christian Unity – beatified John Henry Newman…. I put the phrase on a coffee mug.

I used my mug today for a nice Earl Grey tea, which made me think about posting about it again.  It’s pretty nice.

Fill yours with Mystic Monk Coffee as soon as humanly possible.

Here is a shot of the regular sized coffee mug… I’ll bet you could put your yogurt and granola in it too.

To be deep in history

The Z-Swag Store is HERE.

A shot of the larger coffee mug.. I’ll bet that you could put … hot chocolate in it too!


You see that for this mug I really wrapped the design across most of its surface.

Here is the largest mug, the stein.  I suspect that this might be coaxed into holding a beer.


The image itself (it’s larger on the mugs):

To be deep in history

Here are three shots of the ur-mug, the larger coffee mug.   It is made from the same durable stuff I have been punishing for years in the microwave and dishwasher.

I also made another version, with the phrase tighter on one side to make it easier to read:


After years of treating these things with great brutality in the nuclear reactor and the bottom rack of the washer near the heat, I have succeeded in getting a crack in one of them, cosmetic, but not fatal.

It might start a conversation.   But I suggest that before flashing it about, you might brush up on why being deep in history leads to the Catholic Church.

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  1. Supertradmum says:

    Love it and beer mug. I am studying him and the Ordinariate at this time. Any chance of a freebie?

  2. Crucesignata says:

    Hahaha that is AWESOME! :)

  3. Gustave Dedronez says:

    What would be a good place to go to learn about how history helps one be a Catholic?

  4. momaburke says:

    Ice cream fits very nicely in all of them too. Then when our current heat and humidity turn the contents to slop it can be neatly slurped down. Mmmm!!!

  5. votefassino24 says:

    Father! Any chance that you would post a hi-res version of this image (i.e. “The image itself (it’s larger on the mugs)”)… ? It would make for a great Facebook timeline cover photo for those of us who like to evangelize through things like that!

  6. David Zampino says:

    As a convert, Bl. Newman is a huge hero of mine!

  7. PostCatholic says:

    I’d like one that says “To be deeper still in history is to cease to be a Jovian.”

  8. Anxious Anglican says:

    @Gustave Dedronez: The work that brought me to a deeper understanding of how historical awareness helps one to be Catholic (or catholic, in my present circumstance) is the work by Bl. Newman from which the quote is taken: An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, which is available online at

    Grace and peace,

  9. PostCatholic: I’d like to send you one that says:

    “To be deep in history, is to cease to be a PostCatholic.”

    Send your address. I will send you the mug.

  10. amsjj1002 says:

    Father Z’s mention in the St. Joseph thread of being specific with prayer requests brought to mind that, in my repeated experience, it also applies when asking Blessed John Henry’s intercession; he was and is very precise! He was also very wonderful, comforting help with regard to my father’s death.

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