9 Oct – Feast of Bl. J.H. Newman: “To be deep in history” Mug

It’s the feast (in some places and for some groups) of Bl. John Henry Newman.  Who can forget his beatification by Benedict XVI?

Also, Fr. Hunwicke has a note about Bl. John Henry and the Synod.  HERE

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.

Around this Synod perhaps we could say, “begin to be Catholic”?

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.

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

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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 punished for years in the microwave and dishwasher.  Though I don’t have a dishwasher now… other than my hands.

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 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. Denis Crnkovic says:

    Really… honestly… I don’t mind that it’s the feast of Abraham and Blessed John Newman, but some mention of Saint Denis would be nice.

  2. What a cool set of saints – Denis, JH Newman, and Abraham! A powerful trifecta.

  3. Geoffrey says:

    “It’s the feast (in some places and for some groups) of Bl. John Henry Newman. Who can forget his beatification by Benedict XVI?”

    I can’t! Ever since, as a layman praying the Liturgy of the Hours, I have always chosen to observe his feast as a “votive office” (the English and Latin texts are online). I use the recent African edition of the LOTH, which for this Friday had the hymn “Praise to the holiest in the height”. I thought that rather appropriate!

  4. DeGaulle says:

    Speaking of History, I have just finished Belloc’s “Characters of the Reformation”. My main conclusion is that Luther was followed by a crowd of Looterans.

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