Category Archives: Audio and Video

Catholic Documentaries

I’ve decided to highlight a few Catholic documentaries I’ve seen recently. Some can be watched completely online, and some must be purchased. One that is quite touching is La Mama: An American Nun’s Life in a Mexican Prison. Here a clip from the beginning of the documentary: The story is quite amazing. Antonia Brenner (1926-2013)… Read More »

Max and Me

If you’ve seen the CGI movie The Greatest Miracle, then you know Dos Corazones films. The CGI in that movie was somewhat primative, but they have boosted their efforts for their next movie: Max and Me. This will interweave a modern story with the story of St. Maximillian Kolbe. Although there is not a trailer… Read More »

Alessandra di Rudinì (1876-1932)

Her story is filled with intensity. I don’t think it would make a good movie. It would have to be a miniseries. A radio drama was made about her, but it only gives a small taste of her life, and alters some of the facts. It can be found as an episode of the Ave… Read More »

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 »

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

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 »

Over 10 Years???

Can it be that this blog is now over 10 years old? Yes… but how could this be? Ten years ago I was a brother in the Marians and student at the Dominican House of Studies blogging about the soon to-be-released movie The Passion of the Christ. There was a lot of controversy surrounding it… Read More »

Mary’s Meals

It’s hard to not want to promote this group. They are doing some incredible work. Yes, to give one decent meal to over 700,000 children a day–children that would otherwise struggle to get that meal, that often suffer from hunger–is quite an accomplishment. It’s a very simple program, yet it makes a huge impact. A… Read More »

Mary of Nazareth

I was able to see some of the edited English edition of this Lux Vide production. It is indeed quite impressive, but needed the editing from the original miniseries format. Ignatius Press has a Webpage dedicated to it now: Mary of Nazareth.

WYD 2013 Archived Video

Ok, now that it’s over, where are all the hours and hours of videos? Youtube has Hi-Def videos but without any added translations at the Vatican Channel. For videos with some English translations, but other times no translations, go to the archive at WYDCentral. The last half of the Canadian Gathering is actually an international… Read More »

Free American History Lessons

… on old time radio shows. The Cavalcade of America was a show that ran for many years on radio and presented plenty of scenes of American history. There are a number of episodes that deal with Abraham Lincoln, as you might expect. There are also shows that deal with, for instance, the history of… Read More »

On the Turntable

Occasionally I’ll say what’s “on the turntable.” And today, it’s Dvorak’s Te Deum (a rare 10″ LP version). This is a strong choral piece with a great ending. If you’ve followed my blog, you know I’m a big fan of Antonin Dvorak. A recent LP find is the “Golden Treasury of Catholic Verse.” The LP… Read More »