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NEW BOOK: Paul Claudel: Five Great Odes from Angelico Press

Introductions and Prefaces are important when looking at books. Never skip over them. In the introduction by the translator Jonathan Geltner to this wonderful new book from the ever more valuable Angelico Press I found a first key to grasping … Continue reading

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BOOK: A Papal Chamberlain: The Personal Chronicle of Francis Augustus MacNutt

There is another book I have been pecking away at for some time now. I don’t know why I haven’t dispatched it yes, since it is utterly charming, beautiful penned, and fascinating in its details. I mean, of course: A … Continue reading

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BOOKS in my stack, recently received and other

Someone asked me what I was reading these days.   Frankly, I am not into all that much at the moment, since I am catching up on some things.  However, I have recently received some books that I intend to get … Continue reading

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Newly Received! Challenge Coin – Coloring Books – Bibles – 2020 Ordo

You might remember that I have challenge coins and that I like to exchange. I received a new coin from someone who sent the 2018 version last year. They look great! Thanks. I received two copies of a newly printed … Continue reading

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UPDATE – BOOK LENGTH INTERVIEW with Bp. Athanasius Schneider

UPDATE 5 Oct 19: I am well into this book.   The first section is biographical.   This is an important foundation for understanding how this auxiliary bishop from the former Soviet Union, raised his head up over the crowd during a … Continue reading

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“He would have fled forever, into the hell of exile from God. But the sight of the vestments overcame him.”

I continue my re-reading, after many years, of Taylor Caldwell’s Grandmother and the Priests, savoring a chapter a day, or at least a chapter at a time with unwelcome days delays. Caldwell, not a practicing Catholic, grasped the Catholic worldview and … Continue reading

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BOOK: Grandmother and the Priests

With delight I am making my way through a book I discovered many years ago, as we count the years, even before I entered Holy Church. I recall my own grandmother reading all the books of this writer. Taylor Caldwell … Continue reading

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BOOK : A guide for forming Catholic gentlemen and future priests – and a mini rant.

A prelude. I treasure a copy of a French book of etiquette from long lost decades, Le Livre D’Or Du Savoir-Vivre. Dictionnaire Illustre De La Politesse.  It’s an informative hoot, since much of what it contains is seemingly outdated and, … Continue reading

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BOOK: In Praise of the Tridentine Mass and of Latin, Language of the Church

What a great title! The nice folks at Angelico Press sent a copy of In Praise of the Tridentine Mass and of Latin, Language of the Church by Fr. Roberto Spataro, Secretary of the Pontifical Academy for Latin. US HERE … Continue reading

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BOOK: The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity

Oh, boy. Several people recommended that I read this book. I’m reading it and it is bothering me a great deal even as it informs and confirms. The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity US HERE – UK … Continue reading

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BOOKS RECEIVED: Antonio Socci on why Benedict is still Pope and Sam Gregg on the Struggle for Western Civilization

Books are coming in like hail.  Many on a similar theme. Here’s what I’ve been up to today, resulting in the melting of my brain. Today I read through The Secret of Benedict XVI: Is He Still the Pope? by … Continue reading

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BOOKS RECEIVED JUST IN TIME! Useful liturgical books for the entire year and for Holy Week

A couple days ago I received package from the nice folks at Preserving Christian Publications. “What”, quoth I, “could be in here?” Whereupon, I set it on the counter, got distracted and didn’t open it for a couple of days. … Continue reading

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The appallingly stupid “gay” book about the Vatican by the “gay” French writer

I received a Kindle copy of the appalling “gay” book by the “gay” French writer – and I use the term writer loosely. Damian Thompson’s review says it all better than I could: An exposé of high-ranking gays in the … Continue reading

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BOOK RECEIVED: 1962 Parish Ritual – HUZZAH!

Preserving Christian Publications has reprinted a 1962 Parish Ritual.  Hooray!   This book includes what the Collectio Rituum had but it includes more items and moments useful for parish life.  It’s like the British Sacristy Manual, but it is set up for use in these USA. … Continue reading

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A quick book plug: A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament

May I have a moment of your time to plug a book? Since it has been a loooong time since I’ve had formal courses in Scripture (and some of that wasn’t so great), I’ve determined I need some refreshers. I’ve … Continue reading

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