Author Archives: Fr. John Larson

78 RPM

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 »

Divine Mercy No Escape Returns to Hollywood

The Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception have been promoting devotion to Divine Mercy since 1941. They promoted St. Faustina’s messages from 1941-1959, but then a ban was put on them by the Vatican because of faulty translations and the inability to access the original Diary at the time. Thanks to the work of… Read More »

Year of Consecrated Life

I have to remind myself–it’s the year of consecrated life as designated by Pope Francis from Nov. 30, 2014 to Feb. 2, 2016. So, it’s really about a year and 2 months. In general, the promotion of such a thing falls upon consecrated individuals and communities. Pope Francis is asking religious to “wake up the… Read More »

Prayers for the Conversion of England

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

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

Schoenstatt/Fr. Joseph Kentenich books

According to Amazon and other sources, many Schoenstatt books are out of print. Well, actually, they aren’t. They are very much in print and available quite inexpensively. Schoenstatt has not gone with the ISBN system, which is not necessarily a bad thing. However, it makes the books fairly “invisible.” You can order books like Mary… Read More »

The Sisters’ Situation

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 »

Instead of “The Fault in Our Stars…”

young adults should be reading Young Faces of Holiness. These are true stories… not fiction! Real young folks showing heroic virtue! Some are saints and blesseds in the Church. But, this advise does not have huge marketing machines backing it up. Ergo, it is completely ignored. However, I am used to this. Bl. Chiara Luce… Read More »

Mary, Our Mother and Educator

Purchase info: buy here. I’ve just discovered the writings of Fr. Joseph Kentenich, founder of the Schoenstatt movement. Wow. He has some incredible insights. And, his Mariology is quite practical, focusing on Our Lady’s intercession today, here and now, with us, including the idea of her educating us. This book is quite helpful, since it… Read More »

From “The Life of Our Life”

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 »

WAOB — We Are One Body Catholic Radio

This station, heard in the Pittsburgh area, is also available to listen to online. It has a unique approach to radio, particularly because it uses “dead air” as meditation time. A number of priests (including yours truly) do hours of Scripture meditation, which are generally broadcast live at 8 PM and then repeated overnight and… Read More »

National Catholic Sisters Week

Some folks at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN, came up with the idea of National Catholic Sisters Week. It’s this week. They had some sort of event to celebrate over the weekend. It was strictly LCWR. There’s been no mention on the CMSWR side of such a week or any events. In honor… Read More »

Catholic Novels of the 19th Century (free online)

Here’s a list of some of these available. Alice Sherwin: An Historical Tale in the Days of St. Thomas More by C.J.M. Rosemary, or Life and Death by Dr. Huntington Blind Agnese, or, The little spouse of the Blessed Sacrament by Cecilia M. Caddell The Pearl of Antioch: A Picture of the East at the… Read More »