Your Good News

Do you have good news to share with the readers?  Let us know.

For my part, I admit to having been a little down lately.  Today, I had, in rapid succession, three great consolations.  My spirits are lifted.

And, for more earthly good news, tonight I found sole on sale at the store.  Sole Meuniere, with some fries and a little of my remaining Sauce moutarde a la Normande.  It was left from the Rôti de Porc I made on Sunday for me and my neighbor.

Frankly, I’ll pack up some of this, too, for my neighbor.

Moreover, I am listening to a good reading via Audible to The Silmarillion.  I haven’t been in it for a long time.  Amazing.  When I was a teen, I wrote to Tolkien with questions about this work, which had been mentioned but not published… and he wrote back.  Beautiful memories.  I am thinking of old friends and different days.


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  1. ceich says:

    Good news: I accepted a job offer today! Thanking St. Joseph, and all around me who have been praying for this intention.

  2. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    I LOVE that version of the Silmarillion audiobook. I have listened to it several of times over my commutes during my surgical training. Martin Shaw’s narration is sober yet dramatic. His reading of the music of the Ainur and the discord of Melkor, the creation of the Dwarves and Aule’s contrition, the Darkening of Valinor, The flight of the Noldor under Feanor, Thingol & Melian, Berhen & Luthien, the systemic fall of the Elven Kingdoms, the Betrayal by Mim the Dwarf, Turin Turambar, etc, etc, etc.

    So, so, soooo good.

    I’m going to have to listen again.

    And maybe cook my family some Sole Meuniere.

  3. carndt says:

    My first granddaughter will be born close to Thanksgiving. A miracle child due to my son-in-law’s medical issue.
    He came up with the name the name Gianna. How special that he picked the name for the saint of mother’s and the unborn and he didn’t know about the saint.

  4. mysticalrose says:

    I am grateful for Divine Providence, and IKEA, which has enabled us to fit three bunk beds into our not very large house, so that all the children finally have their own space!

  5. Gab says:

    I am grateful that I live only 20 minutes away from a TLM parish.

  6. bobbortolin says:

    I recently listened to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the unabridged version, and was fantastic. I thought about ordering the Silmarillion I was afraid that it wouldn’t transfer well from book form to audio but, thanks to your recommendations, I’ll soon be adding it to my library.

    Would you consider posting your questions and the responses that Tolkien gave?

    Thank you Father, I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from you and how grateful I am that you take the time to keep this blog going

  7. CaliCatholicGuy says:

    I recently joined the Knights of Columbus 2 months ago and am filled with joy finding other practicing males and many dads/grandfathers to get advice from for raising and keeping my family Catholic. I’ve been wanting fraternal fellowship beyond just attending mass – I’ve found it with our local council and we are a busy one – putting in work for our parishes and community. I wish my work schedule allowed for more time to give.

  8. HeatherPA says:

    My 17 year old son has officially enlisted in the Marine Corps and after he completes his senior year coming up, he ships out to boot camp in July 2020.

    I am unsure how I feel about this, truthfully, though he has wanted to be a Marine since childhood and did all this on his own. Arranged everything himself. He was committed to this goal.

    My husband served for 20+ years. I hope and pray my son’s angel keeps him safe.
    It will be difficult to readjust back into the military mindset and worrying again like before.
    Please keep him in mind when in prayer. He is very proud and excited!
    I am very proud… and a mother.

  9. acardnal says:

    I hope you kept Tolkien’s letter to you!

  10. rtrainque says:

    This past Saturday I had the privilege of serving as MC at the Solemn Nuptial Mass (EF, of course) of my sister! Such weddings are of course joyous occasions by themselves, but on top of that, this was only the second Solemn Mass in VT since the changes following the council (the first being the first Mass of a good friend of mine in June), as you say Fr., “brick by brick.” It was good to chat with a bunch of people at the reception, with each one making a point to thank and congratulate the priests and severs on a job well done pulling off such a beautiful Mass. It wasn’t just the TLM regulars who recognized the real treat a Solemn Mass is in these parts; I was especially encouraged by the lapsed Catholics on our side of the family and the “high church” episcopalians on my brother-in-law’s side who said how much they enjoyed seeing it.

  11. carndt says:

    Dear Heather,
    Welcome to the Marine mom club. We also are a special group. We serve right along with them. I will keep your son in my prayers.

    We have men and warriors as sons. Not many mothers can say that. There are special breed.

    My son is a 2ndLt with the 2nd Tank Battalion at Camp LeJuene. I ask if you will keep him and his platoon in your prayers as they begin their desert training for deployment readiness at 29 Palms.

  12. VP says:

    Happy to see that your spirits are lifted, Father. But since you are still thinking of different days, there is probably an intention in there. We will pray for your intentions later today.

  13. Art says:

    Thanks to +JMJ, Sts. Jude, Cosmas, Damian, Luke, Pantaleon, Denis and all others that I don’t know that helped me through a difficult brain surgery early this year due to a rare, benign brain tumor diagnosed after Christmas last year that could have taken my life if left untreated. Currently back at work and recovering from the residual effects of the surgery that make me look like Dr. Evil.

  14. Discerning Altar Boy says:

    I have been steadily progressing in my training to serve at the EF, with the assistance of our local FSSP parish. So far I have three Masses under my belt as AC2. God willing, by the end of the month, I’ll know how to serve by myself, and will be able to have the traditional Mass offered at the Catholic Center down at school.

  15. Discerning Altar Boy says:

    Last week, I was able to see one of my most favorite priests for the first time in several months. By the grace of God, he was able to persevere throughout but very difficult period in his priesthood.

  16. Anneliese says:

    I had a chance to meet up with a friend of mine, a Dominican friar, before he starts his canon law program at CUA. I also found out recently from my friends that they’ll be able to stay in their current State because a permanent job was offered to the husband (I’m especially grateful for that). I also have been feels a little low lately because of certain unresolved issues, which I’m hoping will get resolved soon.

  17. JustaSinner says:

    Alive, beat type 2 diabetes and dropped 180# since last summer. Also got a couple cool, Catholic inspired tattoos on my left arm.

  18. HeatherPA says:

    Thank you for your kindness.
    We lived on Camp Lejeune for over a decade when my husband was active duty.
    I will indeed keep your son and his brothers in arms in my prayers (as well as you and the family).

  19. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    My son and daughter-in-law were joined in Holy Matrimony immediately prior to a Solemn High Mass on the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul.
    My brother’s take on the new bride: I’ve only met her once, but I have the distinct impression that under there’s a fist of steel under that velvet glove. She’s lovely, and we’re very happy for them both.

  20. Semper Gumby says:

    Great post and comments, excellent bonus round with the Silmarillion and a letter from Tolkien. JustaSinner: Congratulations. HeatherPA and carndt: Semper Fi. CaliCatholicGuy: I’ve heard Bishop Olmsted published an expanded “Into the Breach” book that includes prayers, excerpts from encyclicals and Scripture, and writings from Saints.

  21. Charivari Rob says:

    My wife and I have had a couple of weeks (and then some) with assorted stress, hectic pace, annoyances and more serious problems – both personally and professionally. The good news is that the Important Stuff is good or at least stable, and all the other things are lesser things which we will eventually sort (if they don’t sort themselves out before we turn to them).
    This was reinforced nicely by a restful DAY OFF today, dealing with pleasantly mundane shopping and household chores together. The shopping gave us the bonus of running into a friend coming out of a protracted health issue – urgent surgery, better part of a month in hospital and two more months in rehab – so thankful for his good news!

  22. Semper Gumby says:

    For Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda and Tolkien fans:

    Here is Bradley Birzer taking his ease in Rivendell with quill and parchment in hand: “JRR Tolkien’s Beren and Luthien”

    An excerpt from the Silmarillion- after Beren’s death Luthien pleads her case for Beren’s life:

    “The song of Lúthien before Mandos was the song most fair that ever in words was woven, and the song most sorrowful that ever the world shall hear. Unchanged, imperishable, it is sung still in Valinor beyond the hearing of the world, and listening the Valar are grieved. For Lúthien wove two themes of words, of the sorrow of the Eldar and the grief of Men, of the Two Kindreds that were made by Ilúvatar to dwell in Arda, the Kingdom of Earth amid the innumerable stars.”

    p.s. Now, I’m a fan of a good Chesty Puller biography, but that’s just plain good writin’ by Tolkien.

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