7 Things I Liked in 2012

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I don’t “do” New Year’s. It’s a lame un-holiday, notable only for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. We usually watch an old movie, eat snacks, and go to bed. It is, however, a useful time for looking back on the Year That Was, seeing who died, and remembering all the awful things that [Read More...]

Jim Henson: How to Make Puppets

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I’m finally home, and taking a couple days just to clean the house and soak up some time with family and presents, but Open Culture has a great 15 minute video full of ideas for kids on Christmas vacation. Jim Henson and friends teach you how to make puppets out of that fabled thing: “Ordinary [Read More...]

A Christmas Gift From Logos/Verbum Bible Software

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  Until December 31st, Logos is giving away the Documents of Vatican II and Verbum Domini. Use the coupon code MERRYCHRISTMAS2012. This is the perfect way to use these documents, and it’s a great deal. Swarm! Swarm! Read all about it.     [Read more...]

Gaudete, Christus est Natus

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From my family to yours, may you all have a very blessed Christmas. Gaudete, Gaudete! Christus et natus Ex maria virgine, Gaudete! Rejoice, Rejoice! Christ is born Of the virgin Mary, Rejoice! Tempus ad est gratiae, Hoc quod optabamus; Carmina laetitiae, Devote redamus. Now is the time of grace That we have desired; Sing songs [Read More...]

The Big Lego Advent Calendar Finale

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All 24 days at once. You can find the daily picture in my Twitter photo section.  Here’s the last day: Unresolved: why we got an extra, naked Santa (taking a shower, with a back brush no less). Mysterious. [Read more...]

Adelaide Procter: The Church in 1849 … And Now

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I intended just to share one of Adelaide Procter’s Christmas poems, but “The Church in 1849″ seemed too relevant to skip. We all think we’re sailing through unique trials that will shake the church, but every generation faces such trials. We will have our difficulties, particularly since a majority of our coreligionists voted for a [Read More...]

Adelaide Procter: Catholic Poet

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Adelaide Procter is almost forgotten today, but she was Queen Victoria’s favorite poet, and in her time (1825-1864) she was second only to Tennyson in sales and popularity. She was admired and published by Dickens, and if today she is remembered at all, it is either for their work together, or for Arthur Sullivan‘s setting [Read More...]

“Coventry Carol”: A Bit of History

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From France to England, and a beloved Christmas song that takes on added poignancy this year. One of the things ultimately killed off in the English Reformation were the regional “mystery plays”: local pageant cycles in which the common folk performed dramatized Biblical stories. (The York cycle is the most famous.) Many of the surviving [Read More...]

“Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle”

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Okay, so I said I was signing off for the rest of the pre-Christmas season, but I think I’ll post some more uncommon Christmas songs and poems for the next few days, such as this dandy little French ditty. “Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabella” (also spelled Isabelle in some copies) dates to 16th century France, and [Read More...]

Veni Veni

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I’m getting ready to sign off for Christmas in order to focus less on blogging and squabbling and news, and more on Jesus. I’d like to leave you with a little bit of music and beauty as I go. Latin is just a neat language. I don’t mean neat as in “cool,” like the kids [Read More...]

I Am Simcha Fisher

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The Awesome Simcha Fisher (that’s actually her full name: she’s just too humble to use it) is apparently being attacked by a variety of Catholics I think we can all agree kinda suck: those without senses of humor.  The Humorless Catholic is a plague I thought was anathematized back at Trent (“Any man discovered to have a stick up his butt, [Read More...]

Harry on Mary

“Sorry Excuse for Blogging” goes into it’s fourth straight day! Held over by popular demand! Who knew that nasty colds and 10 years of immunosuppressants were a bad combination? Anyway, here’s one of my favorite seasonal songs, just so you don’t think I’ve forgotten you: Harry Connick’s “Mary’s Little Boy Child.” I like it because it’s unabashedly Marian [Read More...]

Ecownomics

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F. Paul Wilson (author of The Keep and the Repairman Jack series) shared this one on Facebook (forwarded from a reader), and since I’m still whacked out on hi-grade cough medicine and spending my days drifting in and out of a codeine haze in which I celebrate the seasons by frolicking with a gummi baby [Read More...]

A Scene From My Home

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I’m down with a bad cold, so I’m just going to share a touching image from one of our many creches. No one talks about the Fourth Wise Man, but he brought the gift of braaaains: Nativity set from Playmobile. Also, for those not following the Twitter feed of daily Lego Advent pictures, today’s was [Read More...]

Grace

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