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More Blogging

Posted: Sunday, July 11th, 2010 @ 9:08 pm in Personal, This Blog | Comments Off on More Blogging

Things have been pretty quite here lately, but not only am I NOT going to shut this blog down, I have started blogging with my wife over at her blog.  Over there I am mainly writing posts about our fledgling homestead.  Here I will continue to more religious posts.  I will cross post if the […]

Putting My Vacation Time Where My Mouth Is

Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2009 @ 9:24 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Personal | 4 Comments »

On a number of occasions both here and in private conversations, I have complained about our society not being ordered in a such a way that major feast days are also public holidays (except for Christmas). And on this Feast of Christ the King our pastor gave an excellent homily about putting Christ at the […]

A Semi-Retreat

Posted: Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 @ 11:27 am in Personal, Prayer | 2 Comments »

Recently I felt as though I was getting off track in the spiritual life, and wanted to do something forceful to get back on track. I couldn’t really go on a retreat, so I made up a little program for myself to follow for one week. The primary goals were increased prayer, and decreased worldly […]

Not Living Liturgically

Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2008 @ 3:12 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Personal | 3 Comments »

Since moving I have been totally off my usual routines, including reading the Liturgical Year.  Formerly, I did a lot of my reading on the train ride to work.  At my new location, the train ride is going to be substituted for a bus ride, but for most of the last month I have just […]

A New Blessed?

Posted: Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 @ 5:34 pm in Personal | Comments Off on A New Blessed?

I think it is safe to say the New York Giants win over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots in the Super Bowl counts as the miracle needed to open the cause for beatification of Wellington Mara.  Even NFL.com can see that the key play in the fourth quarter was a miracle. For those who […]

My Christmas

Posted: Thursday, January 10th, 2008 @ 5:17 pm in Christmas, Liturgical Calendar, Personal | 1 Comment »

I would like to offer a summary of my family’s Christmas vacation. Not that I think readers care what I did for Christmas, but I thought it might be interesting to see what kind of customs one traditionalist family observed. Feel free to add any of your own family customs in the comments. So, the […]

Something to Strive For

Posted: Monday, November 12th, 2007 @ 10:06 pm in Personal | Comments Off on Something to Strive For

The following is a description of Monsignor Klaus Gamber given in the preface to his book The Reform of the Roman Liturgy. It struck me that we should hope to have this apply to us. It seems esspecially appropriate for husbands and fathers (maybe because I am a husband and father). “…he went about his […]

Statistically Improbable Phrases

Posted: Thursday, October 11th, 2007 @ 9:52 pm in Personal | Comments Off on Statistically Improbable Phrases

I am often amused by Amazon’s statistically improbable phrases it includes with the book descriptions.  I often think of it when my kids spout their own “statistically improbable phrases.”  Any parent knows they are likely to come up with a few of their own when dealing with the wee ones.  In recent days several doozies […]

The Anti-Christ

Posted: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 @ 10:09 pm in Culture, Personal, Philosophy | 2 Comments »

This is one of several posts I have been thinking about for awhile. With the news last week about Cardinal Biffi talking to the Curia about the Anti-Christ I thought it was an appropriate time to present my own theory about that. First I want to be clear that I am no end-times enthusiast. I […]

Two is better than one

Posted: Tuesday, October 24th, 2006 @ 4:35 pm in Personal | Comments Off on Two is better than one

So, how far do you go to explain the outward symbols of our faith (e.g. medals, statuary, etc) to a four year old? The other day my wife noticed a Rosary hanging on the crucifix above my three year old son’s bed. “Did you hang that up there?” She asked him. My four year old […]


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