I love these gifts!

I was doing a little catalogue shopping, and thought, "before I order this stuff, let me see if any of it is on Amazon, and a bit cheaper." Turns out, quite a few things I was looking to buy were sold through Amazon, and in every case cheaper than the catalogue prices. This, I fell in love with: a clever bit of the auld sod for an Irish-mad friend who -like me- is married to a Man of Italy. It is all "official" Irish dirt, with shamrocks you raise in a Belleek china bowl. My husband, who … [Read more...]

Nun Cheese & other Happy Monastics with great products

I have written frequently about the great consumables and products offered by various monastic communities. This year, happily, there seem to be a number of news outlets taking the time to visit with communities to get the low-down on their wares, and in the process, we learn about more great monastery items, and (happily for us) just in time for Christmas shopping! Here, for instance we find some discussion of the monastic life of prayer, combined with the news that the Trappistine Nuns at … [Read more...]

Great men you don't know – UPDATED

This past weekend, my family and I attended a dinner honoring a firefighter and former scoutmaster who has spent his entire life serving his community. A little bio background: For 40 years, FDNY Firefighter Richard Gimbl served as a volunteer fireman in every community in which he has lived he is currently serving his second term as Fire Chief in his Long Island community. In 2007 he was named Firefighter of the year from his county, Southern New York, New York State and the International … [Read more...]

Jingle Bell Java is Back! – UPDATE

What is Jingle Bell Java? It might be the most delicious coffee ever invented. Evah! And -in keeping with the history of monk-y inventiveness- it was created by monks, but let's let them describe it: Jingle Bell Java is arguably our best flavor and is always popular around the Christmas hearth. Unique spices with white chocolate and bourbon make up this delicious treat. A perfect coffee for every occasion. Perfect for the Joyful Christmas Season. Please note: This coffee is only available … [Read more...]

Norbertine Christmas Wreaths

Ah, we're coming up on that time of the year again, when I start hawking the wares and various gift ideas and products offered by religious and charitable organizations. (Full disclosure: these Norbertine Sisters of Tehachapi, CA don't know me from Adam, and this post generates no monetary kickbacks or material compensation of any kind, to me. ) How boring that thanks to this incredibly intrusive government, I'm going to have to keep writing that. Anyhow...you'll note the Dominican Nuns at … [Read more...]

Another Mystic Monk Addict

Got a fun email today from Peter, who is obviously a very smart fella - I repost it almost in its entirety: For the last several years I’ve been a regular reader of Spengler...after he unmasked himself as David Goldman and announced he was decamping to First Things, I followed along to see what he’d be writing about as an Observant Jew contributing to a Conservative Catholic Intellectual Journal. That’s when I found your Blog and became an occasional reader. It was on your blog that I … [Read more...]

Meanwhile, here I slog…

So, Brian Saint-Paul directs our attention to a fun dissection of the execrable prose of Dan Brown. Or, should I say, the "precarious" prose. Writes Brian: Here are three personal favorites: 17. Deception Point, chapter 8: Overhanging her precarious body was a jaundiced face whose skin resembled a sheet of parchment paper punctured by two emotionless eyes. [The Telegraph's comment: "It’s not clear what Brown thinks 'precarious' means here."] 14. The Da Vinci Code, chapter 5: Only … [Read more...]

You really can get anything at Amazon!

While looking at my Amazon reports this morning, I note that someone bought this, and thought, "wow, you really can get everything at Amazon!" Then I whispered up a prayer for your intention, whoever you are! I love to check out the Amazon reports, because people order things I would never have known exists. Like these adorable little bowls and this egg poacher. My egg poacher first belonged to my birth mother. It's about 60 years old and beaten up, and two of the little poachy cups are … [Read more...]

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"

My husband and I were just flipping through the channels and found the Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy. It was the local portion of the show, and we didn't stay long; we'll send in our contribution this week. I believe I have contributed to this charity every Labor Day Weekend since I can remember, either by asking my parents to send in my pennies, or by volunteering at the Telethon centers, and in various fund-raising affairs. Now -and since I was 20, I guess- it's just "send a … [Read more...]

Bill Gates vs Mystic Monks

Got directed to a very interesting story thanks to this tweet, involving our beloved Mystic Monk Coffee Guys, the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming. Seems the monks found new funding to buy the land they hope to turn into their New Mt. Carmel, and here is where the story gets interesting as Julia Duin writes... ...There's a patch of land 21 miles from Cody and not far from Yellowstone National Park known as Irma Lake. It's got great views of the trout-filled South Fork of the Shoshone River Valley … [Read more...]

Hello, Aquinas…& More!

Some readers may have noticed the sky-blue box in the righthand sidebar (just above the Amazon search box) and are wondering what that's about. In my ongoing effort to pay down the student loans/tuitions and keep the blog going, I've become an associate for Aquinas and More, a terrific online Catholic shop (Books, rosaries, DVD's, Icons, etc) from whom I have ordered things for years, always with pleasing results. In fact, I recently purchased this votive candle holder (and these candles) for … [Read more...]

Little Sisters of Poor, seeking alms

Sr. Maria Lourdes, L.S.P. makes her First Profession of Vows Some of you may remember Sr. Maria Lourdes from her appearance on In the Arena a few months back. Making the acquaintance of Sr. Lourdes, Sr. Camille and Sr. Mary Richard was a memorable day; all three women were lit with uncommon joy and were so lovely to talk to. Sr. Lourdes stayed in my awareness (and my prayers) because she was so serenely composed, even when discussing her excitement that "if it pleases God," she would soon be … [Read more...]

Paragraph Farmer needing prayers

Via Julie at Happy Catholic, some bad news about Patrick O' Hannigan and his daughter*: Jane and I were in a serious car accident yesterday morning. Thomas (son) and Cathleen (wife) were not with us at the time. I sustained only bruising and some deep lacerations to my left elbow, so I was discharged from the emergency room late yesterday afternoon. Jane was ejected from my vehicle and suffered head trauma. She is still in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Jane has been mostly unconscious … [Read more...]

Best Homily on Feast of Corpus Christi – Evah!

I'm not being at all glib when I say that this passionate homily by Deacon Greg gave me chills. It is spot on, and difficult to excerpt, but here's a taste: Back in the 1970s, when there was a lot of liturgical innovation going on, Dorothy Day invited a young priest to celebrate mass at the Catholic Worker. He decided to do something that he thought was relevant and hip. He asked Dorothy if she had a coffee cup he could borrow. She found one in the kitchen and brought it to him. And, he took … [Read more...]