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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
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Tag Archives: baseball
Whitey Ford died today. It is the end of Sukkoth Bob Gibson died on 2 October, the beginning of Sukkoth. I’m looking forward to the end of 2020.
I am so angry I could spit. There are already so many problems with modern baseball… now this. Is the Novus Ordo age of baseball upon us? From Hot Air: Another bad idea from MLB: Intentional walks will now be … Read More
Mike Piazza – Baseball Hall of Fame Speech: “…the greatest gift a mother could give a child, the gift of my Catholic Faith.”
Famed-catholic Mike Piazza (AVG .308 HR427 RBI1335 OB% .377 Total Bases 3768 Slugging % .545) was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame today. During his understandably emotional speech he thanked his mother for… “…the greatest gift a … Read More
Because it is Spring (or close enough) and because in Spring all right-thinking souls turn their thoughts and hopes once again to that summa of sports, baseball, and because the Old English origin of the word “Lent”, lencten, means “Spring”, and … Read More
Do you have a friend or loved one who is a baseball fan? A student of WWII? This book would make a great gift. A reader alerted me to this via email… one of the coolest things I have seen for a long … Read More
From History.com: Jackie Robinson breaks color barrier On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson … Read More
I was alerted to this by a Chicagoan friend, a long-suffering Cubs fan It shows how statistics don’t tell the whole story. From NRO: Not only did Garcia’s teammate, Jose Abreu, slug two home runs against the Indians on … Read More
By complete coincidence I think it is social media day here at The Friendly Confines! Alas the EAMUS CATULI sign didn’t show up very well. UPDATE: Full moon rising! UPDATE: Cubs imploded, right on schedule. Then off to Chinese on … Read More
I just received this in my email and, almost against my will, it got me to smile: The game God loves most. And – just because – a really funny commercial. I dunno. One of the best commercials ehvvur? (And … Read More
Now that the season of the sport God loves best is underway again, we turn to the really important news. From MLB comes this! The ‘Holy Grail’ of baseball cards just sold for $2.1 million in an online auction If … Read More
I learned just now that Stan “the Man” Musial died, at the age of 92. Today it seems no one stays in one place anymore, as Joni might put it. That holds true for baseball players and pastors of parishes. … Read More
The writing is a bit scrambled, but have a look at this story of a fellow who gave up a promising career in baseball (the sport God loves best) for a vocation with the Norbertines in Orange, California: SILVERADO, Calif. … Read More
From MLB: All hail the King! Felix throws perfect game By Greg Johns / MLB.com SEATTLE — General manager Jack Zduriencik hushed the crowd of reporters on the elevator headed to the Mariners’ clubhouse after the game on Wednesday afternoon, … Read More
I have watched Moneyball a couple times. The movie offers grist for our mill. In one scene Carlos Peña is curtly traded by the A’s to the Tigers because of internal team management (vision) conflicts. Priests are mostly treated like … Read More
This can be applied in some ways to the spiritual life. The acquisition of virtues is a long, arduous process. But once one has the habits which are virtues, they can appear to be easy. [wp_youtube]PpEeoYOB3Os[/wp_youtube]
Hoc autem qui parce seminat parce et metet et qui seminat in benedictionibus de benedictionibus et metet. Unusquisque prout destinavit corde suo non ex tristitia aut ex necessitate hilarem enim datorem diligit Deus. 2 Cor 9:6-7. I saw this video … Read More
I am comparing the forthcoming Instruction Universae Ecclesiae to a baseball no-hitter, rather than a perfect game. What would be the equivalents for perfect game and no-hitter in other sports? I am especially interested in analogous accomplishments in cricket and … Read More
Fr. Z on John Allen on “Top Nine Reasons why Baseball is to Sports what Catholicism is to Religion.”
My friend the nearly ubiquitous John L. Allen, Jr., sadly still writing for the ultra-liberal dissenting National Catholic Reporter has a in his Friday saddle-bag a piece about the sport God loves which I must share with the readership here. … Read More