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- Prosper of Aquitaine (+c.455), De gratia Dei et libero arbitrio contra Collatorem 22.61
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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This came into my email and I am eager to get the news out to you. Sure, I push chess in my Daily Rome Shot posts. I wanted to make sure you saw this. Some time ago, I bought a … Read More
In Rome sunrise, still to take place as I write this part of this post, will be at 7:08. It will appear to set at 18:49 and the Ave Maria is in the 19:00 phase. It is the Dies Natalis … Read More
There’s a shop on the Piazza Navona where there are many chess sets for sale. Note also special decks of cards for Italian games like scopa and briscola. There are decks from different regions for their games, Brescia, Naples, Lombardy, Piacenza, Sardinia… Salzburg. Click … Read More
Catholic? Have a site or web project? The Catholic Signal Corps might be just the right resource for you. Recently we helped Padre Pio Press. Please remember me when shopping online. Thanks in advance. US HERE – UK HERE These links take you … Read More
I’ve been updating the “Day in Rome” project. Thanks to the donors! Also, I learned that Wyoming Catholic College is looking for a chaplain. HERE In Chess News… 50 years ago today in Reykjavik, It was challenger Fischer v. Spassky in Game … Read More
It’s Amazon Prime Day and there are lots of deals. Please remember me when shopping online. Thanks in advance. US HERE – UK HERE To try Amazon Prime for free – US HERE – UK HERE Health report: As you may recall, I … Read More
I had learned to play chess from my grandfather and, by the time 1972 came around, I was well into competitions. I spent a good share of my youth in the summers in the West, Montana and Wyoming. Let’s just … Read More
This is a really fun bit of correspondence. For you chess lovers, or … perhaps flea market and collecting lovers… From a reader… Dear Father Zed, or Father Zee (as we say up here north of the 49th!!) For several … Read More
In Rome sunrise was at 5:32 and, though we may not see it for the clouds, sunset is scheduled for 20:47. The Ave Maria bell ought to be a 21:00. This is the splendidly illuminated S. Maria in Monserrato, named … Read More
From Twitter… Keep in mind that Fischer probably was received into the Catholic Church before he died. Just… suggestin’ So, two childhood heros named Bobby. One is still alive.
UPDATE 9 Dec 21: One of you wrote: “But Father! But Father! You showed interior of the finished board and some pieces, but you didn’t show a photo of it set up! Inquiring minds…” Okay, that’s fair. Scroll to the … Read More
First and foremost, thank you to the reader who sent from my wishlist (‘happy birthday to me’) the wonderful “Lewis” chessmen, found on Lewis Island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, not at Lewes in Sussex where friends of mine … Read More
After several decades, and not of the Rosary in this context, along with other things I had loved to do and that I was good at and I that I had shelved because of seminary and priesthood, I’m getting back … Read More
UPDATED: See end. Did you know that Canon 16 of the Fourth Council of the Lateran in 1215 forbade priests from playing chess? It was considered a game of chance (clearly by non-chessplayers). That canon also forbade participation of clerics … Read More
Out of curiosity, en passant as it were, are there any Catholic clerical chess players among the readership? I don’t mean just clerics who know how to play, but rather clerics who do play. More often than a couple times … Read More
From Chess.com today, the Daily Puzzle is from one of the 18th c. “Modenese Masters”, Domenico Ercole del Rio (+1802). There is an elegant forced mate here in 3 but it requires a bold sacrifice. White to move. What a … Read More
My boyhood summers – when there was still such a thing as boyhood – were in large part spent in Montana and N. Wyoming, running like a brown animal, riding bare-back, swimming, biking, and going to minor league ballgames with … Read More
Before it isn’t the 20th any longer (soon, where I am), I wish all of you a happy International CHESS Day! In honor of this esteemed occasion, I repost… Animi caussa… the names of the pieces. 1 rex, sive scaccus 1 regina (vel virgo, vel amazon, … Read More