Author Archives: Fr. John Larson

Annunciade Sisters

By | February 25, 2015

The Marians of the Immaculate Conception received Pontifical status in 1699, but did not get their own rule at the time. Instead, they were put under The Rule of Ten Virtues (modified for a male community), a rule for a community called The Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and more commonly known as the… Read More »

10 years ago

By | February 18, 2015

What was happening 10 years ago? Students from Franciscan University of Steubenville, as part of the Sonlife California mission trip, participated in an episode of The Price is Right and one got on the show! Read about it in an old blog entry.

78 RPM

By | February 11, 2015

That Emile Berliner really started something with his “gramophone.” Recently I got a “Premium Gramophone,” which is a kit from Japan that allows one to play 78 RPM records in a way very similar to the early days of Berliner’s gramophone, an image of which was used on the RCA label for a long time… Read More »

Prayers for the Conversion of England

By | October 26, 2014

You probably don’t know that the song “Faith of Our Fathers” was written by a Catholic priest and the “fathers” were those who were martyred in England when Catholicism was illegal. And… the original version has a verse that goes like this… Faith of our fathers, Mary’s prayers Shall win our country back to Thee;… Read More »

Vatican Radio Roku Private Channel

By | September 15, 2014

I built a private Roku channel for listening to some Vatican Radio podcasts in English–namely, the morning and evening news reports and the latest Lauds, Vespers, and Compline in Latin. It is very primitive. It shows up as “My Channel.” No frills here, it just gets the job done. Private Channel code: MZZNE

The Sisters’ Situation

By | September 3, 2014

So, the mean Vatican is opposed to the religious sisters of the US! Isn’t this awful. Well, that’s what a Time Magazine opinion article explains. But is this the whole story? Nope. This situation has been around a while now, and attempts to give a particular spin continue, but not all religious sisters are on… Read More »

From “The Life of Our Life”

By | April 19, 2014

A meditation for Holy Saturday… From Volume II of the book by Rev. Henry Coleridge. London: Burns and Oates, 1876. Still there was no provision made for the solemn entombment of our Lord. The disciples were still scattered and in hiding. St. John alone was there, with our Blessed Lady, St. Mary Magdalene, and some… Read More »