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Thoughts on Our Lady from the Founder of the Marians

O, you are truly sweet, Virgin Mary! For has there ever been anyone who, filled with bitterness, called upon you, the Sweetest One, and left without being comforted? Has there ever been anyone who, heartbroken and filled with grief, approached you and was not immediately strengthened? Has there been anyone who, tormented by vexing temptations,… Read More »

Illiteracy (of history, literature, etc.)

Here follows a quote by Kevin O’Brien (Theater of the Word) My friends, a mind is a terrible thing to waste. We are the most literate culture in history, and thousands of volumes of the greatest works of literature can be carried in a cell phone in your pocket. The Bible has never been more… Read More »

A Little Perspective

World War II to Woodstock: 24 years Woodstock to now: 43 years World War II was ancient history to the kids at Woodstock. The heady days of “Post-Vatican II” experimentation, to the current younger generation, would be the equivalent of 1926 (43 years before) to the Woodstock generation. And the liberal communities (stuck in the… Read More »

Mariological Society of America

I just attended the annual meeting of the MSA at Mount Angel Abbey in Portland, Oregon. The long travel there and back was a bit tiring, but it was a beautiful place to have such a meeting, and there were a number of good talks. I particularly liked Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s presentation on the Mariology… Read More »

Karate Kid and Not Succeeding

Kevin O’Brien at his blog, Theater of the Word Incorporated referenced an article called “How The Karate Kid Ruined the Modern World” by David Wong. The article talks about how becoming the best is not all that easy, and sometimes people think they will become the best and bet on it by buying lots of… Read More »

Facebook and I

I decided to deactivate my Facebook account. It was quite a time-waster. This will definitely help the activity on this blog, which has become rather quiet (radio silence, of sorts).

An old poem (122 years old, in fact)

“Tota Pulchra Es.” THOU art all fair, O Mother blest! In thee is found no stain; Thou’rt purer far than whitest crest That decks the troubled main. Thy soul no taint did ever bear Of imperfection’s shade; And Satan never counted there The blots his wiles had made. First creature formed since Adam’s fall Who… Read More »

Gelasian Sacramentary Online

For all liturgical historians, you can look at a copy of the Gelasian Sacramentary. The Roman Canon is on page 234. You will notice it is very similar to the present Canon. The Sacramentary is from the 8th century. Yes, some of these prayers have been prayed for quite a while.

Back to the Marian Library

I’m headed back (after some vacation) to the Marian Library in Dayton, Ohio, to take some classes. I love going to that place. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I refer you to the following old entry from the blog: Marian Library.

When CBN had lots of old shows on.

Way back in the mid 1980’s I was introduced to a plethora of old TV shows via CBN (“The Family Channel”). They were played overnight (on weekends, I believe). Over the years, some of these shows have appeared again and some are rather difficult to find. Here are the ones I remember: George Burns and… Read More »

Cleaning Up the Blog

I’ve deleted a few posts. The blog definitely needs some direction. At this point, I wish to return to a theme the blog has taken from time to time: Good (and Old) Catholic Novels. I first mention Dion and the Sibyls. The “Dion” mentioned is Dionysius the Areopagite. He will become the first bishop of… Read More »

The Village of St. Bernadette: the Missing Verse

Two rather strongly Marian songs made the top ten over the years — back in the 1950s and 1960s. The second, “The Village of St. Bernadette,” was made famous in the United States by a version sung by Andy Williams. I was never all that impressed with the song. There’s hardly any content to it.… Read More »

Thoughts on the Beatification of Chiara Luce Badano

Although I was not able to go, I’m glad that two Marians went to the beatification. I watched the Internet feed, and I could tell there are graces coming from this that are spreading all over the world. There are many factors, but for me one of the main ones is “relatability.” People can relate… Read More »

The Quiet Return

I’ve seen others comment on this, and it does seem to be the case as far as I can tell also. It’s a little after the third anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, and one can almost trace an increase in vocations to that time. There was an increase after the death of Pope John Paul II,… Read More »