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 suggests recitation of the Athanasian Creed for Oratorian families.  HERE    Oratories are springing up all over.  I’ve been deeply tempted to try to form one, which I believe would be a blessing where I am.

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 2018 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. cengime says:

    I think Newman very deliberately chose the wording “cease to be a Protestant.” Don’t forget his opinion that atheism and Catholicism were the only two logically consistent positions, and the Protestant is just on his way to one or the other if he will follow his principles through. And it is highly significant that the quote occurs in a context where he says “the unbeliever Gibbon” is deeper in history than any English Protestant author.

  2. benedictoptions says:

    Sounds like a Southerner:
    “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
    Nor tradition.

  3. Johann says:

    I love John Henry Newman. reading his book Apologia Pro Vita Sua helped convince me to convert to Catholicism, so convincing were his arguments that the one True Christian Church is indeed the Catholic Church. His absolutely coherent reasoning (his teaching that God is a benevolent father rather than a Slave Master) is absolutely beautiful.
    I am also a big fan of the Oratoriums, we have one in South Africa that publishes Catholic books and Apologetics in my native tongue, Afrikaans.

    I hope he gets canonized in my lifetime.

  4. Elizabeth D says:

    Remember, an oratory belongs downtown where the poor can get to it, not way out in the countryside where there is no bus service!!!

  5. Matamoros says:

    In this regard, I would recommend “Vladimir Soloviev: A Russian Newman” by Michel d’Herbigny.


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