FOLLOW UP – Travel Vestments for US Navy Chaplain

You will recall that a friend of mine’s airplane went into the river on landing at NAS JAX and he lost his vestments.  I started a fundraiser to have new vestments made at Gammarelli in Rome.

Gammarelli sent photos of the fabric being cut.  I saw the stacks of cut fabric the other day in Rome as they were waiting to go to the tailors.

I’m also having an alb made.

Here are a few shots.

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  1. acardnal says:

    I like how the tailors wear suits while they work.

  2. moosix1974 says:

    acardnal, I just came here to comment on the same thing! Love it!

  3. Semper Gumby says:

    acardnal: That is spiffy. And with every cut of the scissors our Navy grows stronger.

    The Catholic Company has a St. Michael/US Navy coffee mug. Nothin’ like a cup of joe and a ham and cheese with St. Michael at Midrats.

    Semper Fortis

    Non sibi sed patriae

  4. Robin says:

    acardnal – my thoughts exactly! I love that.
    I know these will be beautiful.

  5. jaykay says:

    acardnal: yes, Italians do it like nobody else. It’s in the genes, I think.

    SemperG: “… at midrats”. A USN allusion, perchance? Which it’s a great thing (Aaargh!), but my brain hurts trying to work it out.

    WDTARS… which it’s: what does the allusion really say? Aaargh.

    [Midrats are “Midnight Rations”, something you eat in the middle of the night when the first and middle watch changes.]

  6. Semper Gumby says:

    jaykay: I wonder if you, me, Robin, and moosix1974 have scared away acardnal…then again, I think he’s a Ham, so he’s probably hunched over his key right now in his attic, a forgotten Lucky Strike burning in an ashtray, tapping out Morse Code to the Catholic Underground in Nancy Pelosi’s district. Carry on acardnal, we’re proud of you!

    Which it’s “Midnight Rations” as Mentioned in Despatches by the skipper of WDTPRS. At Midrats one can find leftovers from dinner, bread and peanut butter for non-meat chow, and breakfast chow- rather popular particularly for those going on duty. It all depends on what your hungry for and, important safety tip, how heavy the seas are that night.

    Speaking of coffee mugs, Fr. Z carries mugs that make a man proud to drink coffee and not lattes. I’m patiently waiting for our host to approve my mug design: “Go to Mass-Play Baseball-Go to Heaven.”

    “Lost your email,” Fr. Z tells me.

    “Staffing that out,” he says.

    “Focus group delayed until further notice due to rabid squirrels on the loose,” he says.

    “Go to Confession,” he says.

    [You literally made me laugh out loud.]

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  7. acardnal says:

    Semper, I am always prepared and on duty. But I don’t always have something to say!

    I often recall the words of Abraham Lincoln, “It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

  8. Semper Gumby says:

    acardnal: Well said. And your clandestine attic radio? As Bill Shakespeare said, “Mum’s the word.”

    Faddah: Excellent, this must mean my mug design is approved…

  9. Semper Gumby says:

    In 1954-55, after the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu, the French Navy, U.S. Navy, and French Air Force evacuated almost one million Vietnamese from North Vietnam. The majority of these evacuees were Catholics escaping the tyranny of Communism.

    The Wikipedia page about this evacuation, Operation Passage to Freedom, contains not only facts but also numerous distortions and falsehoods regarding the “supposed tyranny of Communism” and the motives of the rescuers.

    Similarly, there are today some disgruntled Catholics (of all age groups and backgrounds) who have uncritically absorbed numerous distortions and falsehoods. Thus, with varying degrees of hostility they reject: Freedom, Liberty, Patriotism, the U.S. Constitution, the Republic, and military service.

    Instead, this disgruntled element agitates for: Theocracy, Integralism, Socialism, Monarchy, and other disordered Solutions. Such agitation temporarily alleviates their disappointment with this Fallen World and our imperfect constitutional Republic.

    Given their authoritarian outlook (a few of the disgruntled clearly possess a totalitarian impulse), miscomprehension of the Common Good, and belligerent rhetoric, the disgruntled are not preparing themselves to wield power judiciously if they should ever seize it. There is some evidence, Deo Gratias, that a few of the disgruntled are recognizing lessons from the historical record.

    In this Fallen World God bless our constitutional Republic and the U.S. Navy.

    Semper Fortis, Laus Deo.

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