Brand New Verbum Bible Software Packages!

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I get excited easily when it comes to new releases from Verbum, the Catholic Bible study software created Logos Bible Software. Today–Black Friday–they are releasing new bundles with some remarkable and welcome improvements. These new “Verbum Plus Libraries” are updated to include a Catholic Topical Index, Saints Database, restructured librareis, more books, improved lectionary support, [Read More...]

Have a Happy

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Some quick housekeeping notes: Thanks to all of you for reading, and for those who use my Amazon links or Buy the Blogger a Cup of Coffee buttons. God bless you on this day of national Thanksgiving, on which we remember the good things God has given us. I’m coming to the end of my [Read More...]

Francis on Proselytization

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Back in the silly season of summer, when new Pope Francis interviews were giving Catholics the vapors on a weekly basis, one thing that got a lot of knees a-jerkin’ was his comment about proselytization being “solemn nonsense.” I understood what he meant at the time, but, as I observed, aggressive proselytization in the Catholic [Read More...]

Prayer Is Not a Monologue

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Few people are every really satisfied with the way they pray: there’s a feeling that it should be “more” or “better.” It’s a sense we have that we’re not doing it quite right. Getting past the idea of right or wrong is hard to do. There are as many types of prayer as there are [Read More...]

An Astonishing Picture

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This gives me chills: the first pope and the current pope. Pope Francis holds a casket with the pitiful remains of St. Peter. Almost the entire scope of the Church’s history captured in a single image. Astonishing, moving, powerful. What must have Francis been thinking at that moment? The remains [UPDATE: See comment below]: [Read more...]

Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale [Review]

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After I put up this post, a reader* was kind enough buy me a six pack (thanks!), so I decided on a new rule: you buy ‘em, I’ll review ‘em. I’d been wanting to try the Ales of the Revolution series from Yards Brewing Company, a local brewer from Philadelphia. They make Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern [Read More...]

Shopping at Amazon for Christmas and Hanukkah This Year?

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 As a member of the Associates program, I get a very small commission on each sale IF you got to Amazon from my page links. If you enjoy what you read here, it’s a good way to support the site. Thanks. Or, if you like, you can try this PayPal thing I just put together, [Read More...]

Hear Leonardo’s Incredible Music Machine for the First Time

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Leonardo da Vinci sketched, but never built, this mechanical marvel, blending elements of harpsichord and viola to create something so far ahead of its time it was never built. Until now: Called a “viola organista”’ and looking like a steampunk baby grand, it’s been built by a Polish pianist and mechanic named Slawomir Zubrzycki. As [Read More...]


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