A Very Rainy Dayby Edward B. Gordon We have had many rainy days lately, often sheets of rain accompanied by multiple tornado warnings. I prefer this charming picture which makes me think of a light drizzle.
From my quote journal.When it comes to fighting vampires and performing exorcisms, the Roman Catholic Church has the heavy artillery. Your other religions are good for everyday theological tasks, like steering their members into heaven, but when the undead lunge up out of their graves, you want a priest on the case. Show More Summary
A couple of weeks ago, Catholic News Service ran a story of a young Minnesota man, Zach Sobiech, and the prayerful devotion of his family as he endured the final stages of osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Zach, 18, died May 20 at his family home in Stillwater. His parents, Laura and Rob, members […]
Head's up for anyone interested in evangelism and discipleship - Our Sunday Visitor is offering Sherry Weddell's _Forming Intentional Disciples_ for $10, free shipping, from now until May 31st. This is an incredible discount on a very worthwhile book. Show More Summary
In the Pontifical of Pope Clement VIII, the blessing of a new cross is followed by a rubric that for the blessing of a pectoral cross, the bishop may use the same blessing that is used when a cross given “to those who go forth for the...Show More Summary
Around Easter each year, the Gregorian Chant Network organises a residential weekend course for singers of all all levels of experience. Gregorian Chant requires specialised training and this is provided by tutors with a wealth of teaching...Show More Summary
The Four-Footed Lovers. Frank Albertsen. Lizbeth Bullock Humphrey (Illustrator), 1875.Via Books and Art They just don't make book covers the way they used to. This is splendid.
Yep, more of Doan and Carstairs in Mexico... at Forgotten Classics.
Two irresistible books showed up in the mail yesterday. I think I've overindulged in review books (again!) and am going to have to have a serious sorting session to focus on just one (or two) at a time. That partly accounts for the fact that I have far too many books partially finished. Show More Summary
A couple of bit of Pentecost coverage, the first from St. Martin of Tours in Louisville: Our second bit of coverage comes from a reader from St. John Francis Regis Parish, in Hollywood, Maryland (Archdiocese of Washington):
The official photos of the Chartres pilgrimage have now been made available. Here are a few more from the final Solemn Pontifical Mass in Chartres. In addition (and not from the official coverage), one of our readers sends in the following video they took at this same Mass:
The red solemn Pentecost vestment set we showed you yesterday in our coverage of the Chartres Pilgrimage has always been a favourite set of mine and I wanted to draw specific attention to it one final time before my retirement: While...Show More Summary
Somehow I got out of the habit of posting prayer requests. I myself would pray but just not share it. And I am sorry about that neglect because there is something to sharing prayer here that is good not only for those being prayed for, but for us as well. Show More Summary
Girl with a Guitar (Daydreams), 1916-17. Richard E. Miller (American, Impressionism, 1875-1943).Via Books and Art
From Mrs. Darwin, purveyor of so many good book-ish things, comes this meme. I'll just say that I have a special place in my heart for Newbery Medal winning books. Why? My great-grandfather's book won this award in 1925.Keep in mind that my kids haven't been small enough to pay attention to this category of book for a while. Show More Summary
After the blessings of objects used at the altar, such as chalices and altar linens, the Pontifical of Clement VIII places the blessing of various furnishings of a church, the first being that of a cross, or picture of the Crucifixion. Show More Summary
Continuing on with our coverage of the Chartres pilgrimage, we turn to the third and final day of the pilgrimage. After a long journey, the pilgrims finally arrive at Chartres. The Solemn Mass which closes the pilgrimage was then celebrated by Mgr. Show More Summary
If you're coming to the Sacred Music Colloquium and you've been putting off booking your room, don't wait. Today (Friday, May 17) is the last day you will be able to receive the guaranteed low, CMAA rates. If you stayed at the Little America Hotel last year, you'll know that it is a spectacular place. Show More Summary
The Last Policeman by Ben H. WintersMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThe date that everybody knows is October 3, six months and eleven days from today, when a 6.5-kilometer-diameter ball of carbon and silicates will collide with Earth.Reading this book, I mused that perhaps all this science is not the best thing for us. Show More Summary
NLM was founded nearly eight years ago in 2005, a few months after the election of Benedict XVI -- a period when many blogs were founded in point of fact. For eight years this blog has been a day to day part of my life, involving thousands...Show More Summary