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What Modern Churchmen Don’t Know

Posted: Monday, October 31st, 2011 @ 10:13 pm in Church Issues, Culture, Liturgical Calendar | Comments Off on What Modern Churchmen Don’t Know

From the commentary on the Feast of Christ the King in the St. Andrew Missal: The Pontiff points out in his encyclical letter on this occasion that people are instructed in the truths of faith, and brought to appreciate the inner joys of religion far more effectually by the annual celebration of our sacred mysteries […]

Catholic “Ghettos”

Posted: Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 @ 10:09 pm in Culture | 3 Comments »

There is a recent thread on the FishEaters forum about the pros and cons of Catholic “ghettos” thought the term seems to be used to cover any kind of Catholic community. I was happy to see that most responded positively to the idea of living in a Catholic community. There are some of the usual […]

Catholic, Amish Style

Posted: Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 @ 10:04 pm in Culture | 8 Comments »

Through the Distributist Review I found this interesting article.  I would like to highlight this part: To the outsider, the Amish lifestyle can appear to be one of deprivation and austerity, prompting us to ask: What’s kept the culture alive?  And can it continue?  The answer may lie in the culture’s central, guiding value.  Called […]

Culture and Time

Posted: Thursday, December 10th, 2009 @ 9:38 am in Culture, Liturgical Calendar | 4 Comments »

There is an excellent article I stumbled on about the relationship between culture, how we mark time, and the liturgy.  It was written back 1992.  The author, Thomas Storck, does a great job of saying what I am always trying to say here.  I highly recommend the whole article, but there are couple parts I […]

Ember Weather II

Posted: Friday, December 4th, 2009 @ 1:19 pm in Culture, Miscellany | Comments Off on Ember Weather II

The November prediction was not so accurate.  Here is my note on the last Ember Friday: November prediction –  Cloudy early, mostly sunny by late morning, warm but seasonable. The actual weather around here was mostly rainy and unseasonably warm, especially at night.  Most nights the temperature did not drop below the mid forties.  The […]

Incarnational Theology, Or A Lack Thereof

Posted: Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 @ 9:52 pm in Culture | Comments Off on Incarnational Theology, Or A Lack Thereof

A few months ago we took a family vacation to Colonial Williamsburg. In preparation for the trip we got a few CDs of colonial music. One of them has a song about smoking tobacco. The lyrics describe various analogies about smoking. For example, “it shows our decay, we are made out of clay”, and how […]

New Traditional Art

Posted: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 @ 3:16 pm in Culture | Comments Off on New Traditional Art

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out The Lion and the Cardinal to see Daniel Mitsui’s drawing of the crucifixion. Very impressive, and he includes an explanation of the various parts. Of course there is lots of other good stuff to check out over there too.

Very Belated Candlemas Post

Posted: Saturday, February 7th, 2009 @ 10:39 pm in Christmas, Culture, Liturgical Calendar, Time After Epiphany | Comments Off on Very Belated Candlemas Post

I was really going to post this on time, but due to illness and other factors it got put on the back burner.  I was going to past a quote from the Liturgical Year, but I don’t have it handy so I’ll paraphrase.  Abbot Gueranger said that due to general ignorance and lapsed practice amongst […]

Cultural Roots of America

Posted: Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 @ 7:53 am in Culture | 9 Comments »

Not long ago my wife and I were discussing ethnic roots and the modern disconnect from them.  We are both quite a mix, but I tend to focus on my Italian, German, and Irish heritage.  My wife however is such a mix that just considers her self American and that’s that.  So the question came […]

Simple Pleasures

Posted: Saturday, November 29th, 2008 @ 10:13 pm in Culture | 3 Comments »

Here is my wood stove from a few mornings ago. There is something very satisfying about using the heat you are already generating for your home, to also cook. On the stove is my tea pot, acting as a humidifier, my percolating coffee maker, and a pot of squash that will be used to make […]


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