everybody likes free stuff…

... Brandon Vogt is giving away a copy of Fr. Robert Barron's brilliant, beautiful new book, Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith. Follow this link for details. It was Vogt's review that prompted me to purchase the book for myself. And Lisa Hendey is giving away jewelry! I love jewelry. Or anything shiny for that matter. Guys, you can enter this contest too and gift them to a special lady. I don't consider that re-gifting. And even if it is, I promise not to tell. Unless they read … [Read more...]

on second thought…

... I hope this movie doesn't popularize the Camino so much that it gets flooded, more so than usual, with new agey types skipping along Spain high on Hollywood ideologies. I'm purposefully waiting till October on the hope that the trail will be virtually deserted. Well, I suppose my small group will have to Catholic it up if that becomes the case. If I can talk Fr. Erik in going with us maybe he can celebrate mass on the Camino itself. And maybe for a bottle of Rum he'll walk it in a cassock. … [Read more...]

Happy Catholic reviews The Way…

... "As he goes, Tom acquires three unwanted companions, each of whom have their own hidden reasons. Estivez, who wrote the script, readily admits to being inspired by The Wizard of Oz but in truth one could compare The Way to any story that is based around a journey with a misfit group of comrades. This storytelling device is well known and for good reason. In watching the people rub against each other's pet peeves and tread unwittingly on their hidden secrets, we learn about them on a deeper … [Read more...]

more than hippies…

... is my disdain for hipsters. Nope. I still hate hippies the mostest. At least hipsters have better taste in music. … [Read more...]

local stuff…

... the Raleigh diocese is getting a new cathedral, Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. And the Pontifical College Jospehinum has begun wearing the Propaganda Cassock on special occasions. OK, so neither of these institutions is local, but I came of the news via a local seminarian attending Josephinum. So it counts. Sort of. Anyway, the cassocks look like this; Photo source; JP Sonnen, my go to guy for all things visually Roman. … [Read more...]

have I ever mentioned how awesome I think converts are…

... well, they are. … [Read more...]

know someone getting ordained soon…

... why not get them a fetching hand stitched and embroidered pall? Pretty. … [Read more...]

fire.fire.fire…

... You should have seen The Boy's face light up with joy when he found out he is going to be a Torch Acolyte. Then you should have seen his dejected scowl when he found out the "torches" weren't Flame Throwers. His lament ... "But mom! They aren't even torches at all! There are just like regular lanterns on poles. I thought I was gonna get to burn stuff. That was so misleading!" On the ride home he made me even prouder by declaring that he was "so going to write a blog post about this!" … [Read more...]

wanderlust Wednesday…

... Italy's Cinque Terre. … [Read more...]


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