Last Week In Life: August 16, 2021- August 22, 2021
Last Week’s SPECTACULAR STORY OF WEEK
Monks Monastic Mysterious Beverage
Monks do more then lead an austere existence of quiet contemplative prayer hidden away in a cloistered abbey. Some Monks like the men of St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer Massachusetts produce Trappist Preserves with such flavors as Blueberry Preserve and Boysenberry Seedless Jam. The selling of this jelly helps to run and support the abbey and gives your toast something tasty to put in your mouth. They also produce Spencer Trappist Beer and liturgical vestments under the brand of The Holy Rood Guild.
While the cloistered Trappist monks of Spencer Mass, follow the Rule of St. Benedict and brew beer, the cloistered Carmelite monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel follow the rule of St. Albert and brew coffee. Their monastery is located in the Rocky Mountains of northwestern Wyoming near Yellowstone National Park. They started brewing Mystic Monk Coffee in 2007 as a way of supporting their monastery.
Mystic Monk Coffee has expanded to offer more than just bagged coffee. There are the single serve Monk-Shots, the Coffee of the Month subscription club, premium Mystica teas, monastic double-handled mugs and more. We invite you to join the growing number of coffee drinkers who enjoy Mystic Monk Coffee every morning.
The wonder of Monk produced liquid is expanded to realm of Mystery with the Carthusian Monks famous green and yellow forms of Chartreuse liqueur. Chartreuse not to be confused with Chartreux which is a rare breed of cat from France, and is recognised by a number of registries around the world. Chartreuse liqueur is made from a very top secret recipe that only 2 Monks know about at any one time. The recipe is inscribed on a 17th-century manuscript kept in a secret safe, to which ONLY the Superior of the Carthusians Has the Key. This monastery where this Elixir of Life mystery is kept safe from the world is located at the heart of the Chartreuse mountains in southeastern France. It is the the head monastery for the Carthusian religious order Grande Chartreuse.
On the night of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, one of the proposed dishes for First class was a Chartreuse-based dessert. This is the same ship where three priests Fr. Thomas Byles (age 42) of England, Fr. Josef Benedikt Peruschitz, O.S.B. (age 41) of Bavaria, and Fr. Juozas Montvila (age 27) of Lithuania ministered to the unfortunate souls that were going down with the ship.
Today the sales of this mysterious monastic beverage is around 17 million euros (about $20 million). There is much more to the story than what is briefly talked about here.
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The very origin of this “elixir of life,” which is made up of 130 medicinal plants, remains a mystery. The Carthusian Monks received the precious recipe for this tonic in 1605 from the Duke and Marshal of King Henry IV, François-Annibal d’Estrées, who never revealed where the parchment came from. In the face of the constant increase of their production, which amounts to more than one million bottles every year and uses 24 tons of plants, a company called Chartreuse Diffusion now handles the day-to-day operations, including packaging, advertisement and sales, but the trade secrets are still entrusted only to two Carthusian monks. The Story Behind Chartreuse, the Legendary Liqueur of the Carthusians| National Catholic Register (ncregister.com)
Just a note: The elixir of life, also known as elixir of immortality and sometimes equated with the name philosopher’s stone, is a potion that supposedly grants the drinker eternal life and/or eternal youth. This elixir was also said to cure all diseases. Although this elixir version made by the monks will not give you eternal life (like the wine turned into blood of Christ will) or cure you of Covid or Cancer or make you perpetually a teenager it will get you drunk if you drink too much of it. The elixir of life has been an inspiration, plot feature, or subject of artistic works such as Oz creator L. Frank Baum’s fantasy novel John Dough and the Cherub, Doctor Who, and of course Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
FEAST DAYS ,HOLIDAYS AND LAST WEEK IN HISTORY
Mon August 16, 2021
Saint Stephen of Hungary– Optional Memorial
- 1841 – U.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history.
- 1920 – Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit on the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees, and dies early the next day. Chapman was the second player to die from injuries sustained in a Major League Baseball game, the first being Doc Powers in 1909.
- 1954 – The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published.
- 2008 – The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is topped off at 1,389 feet (423 m), at the time becoming the world’s highest residence above ground-level.
Tuesday August 17, 2021
Blessed Angelus Augustine Mazzinghi, priest – Optional Memorial
- 682 – Pope Leo II begins his pontificate.
- 1740 – Pope Benedict XIV, previously known as Prospero Lambertini, succeeds Clement XII as the 247th Pope.
- 1915 – Jewish American Leo Frank is lynched in Marietta, Georgia after a 13-year-old girl is murdered.
- 1945 – The novella Animal Farm by George Orwell is first published.
Wednesday August 18, 2021
Blesseds Jean-Baptiste Duverneueil, Michael Louis Brulard and James Gagnot, priests and martyrs – Memorial
- 1492 – The first grammar of the Spanish language (Gramática de la lengua castellana) is presented to Queen Isabella I.
- 1783 – A huge fireball meteor is seen across Great Britain as it passes over the east coast.
- 1958 – Vladimir Nabokov‘s controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States.
- 1990 – B. F. Skinner, American psychologist and philosopher, invented the Skinner box dies. (b. 1904)
Thursday August 19, 2021
Saint John Eudes, priest – Optional Memorial
- 1458 – Pope Pius II is elected the 211th Pope.
- 1612 – The “Samlesbury witches“, three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury, England, are put on trial, accused of practicing witchcraft, one of the most famous witch trials in British history.
- 1692 – Salem witch trials: In Salem, Province of Massachusetts Bay, five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft.
- 1848 – California Gold Rush: The New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States of the gold rush in California (although the rush started in January).
- 1927 – Patriarch Sergius of Moscow proclaims the declaration of loyalty of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Soviet Union.
Friday August 20, 2021
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot and doctor of the Church – Memorial
- 1920 – The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), begins operations in Detroit.
- 1926 – Japan’s public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK) is established.
- 1938 – Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam, a record that stood for 75 years until it was broken by Alex Rodriguez. 2020 – Joe Biden gives his acceptance speech virtually for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
Saturday August 21, 2021
Saint Pius X, pope – Memorial
- 1888 – The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
- 1897 – Oldsmobile, an American automobile manufacturer and marque, is founded.
- 1911 – The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia, a Louvre employee.
- 1959 – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii’s admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii Admission Day.
Sunday August 22, 2021
Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary– Memorial
- 1770 – James Cook names and lands on Possession Island, and claims the east coast of Australia for Britain as New South Wales.
- 1780 – James Cook’s ship HMS Resolution returns to England (Cook having been killed on Hawaii during the voyage).
- 1791 – Beginning of the Haitian Slave Revolution in Saint-Domingue, Haiti.
- 1902 – Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to make a public appearance in an automobile.
- 1968 – Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogotá, Colombia. It is the first visit of a pope to Latin America.
- 2004 – Versions of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.
Last Week’s News of the World
Afghanistan & Haiti
EWTN News In Depth’: The reaction to the humanitarian crises in Afghanistan and Haiti – A look at the events unfolding in Afghanistan and the U.S. response as well as the humanitarian aid for Haitians impacted by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Also, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 surges, Catholic schools face challenges for re-opening classrooms. Montse Alvarado speaks with the president of the National Catholic Education Association, Lincoln Snyder, on how school leaders are making sure classrooms are safe but also maintain their independence.-Catholic News Agency – Posts | Facebook
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POPE FRANCIS’S FAMOUS LAST WEEK’S WORDS
A Chance To Do A Work Of Mercy
Ntege Nasser is sick and running a high fever. He’s had COVID before and has had his first shot. But there are lots of other diseases, including typhoid, rampant in his community. He needs $150 to see the docs tomorrow (it’s midnight there right now). Please pray for him and give generously. In addition, we still need to pay down the $1000 on the vax costs. So whatever you can do would be hugely appreciated.
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BLOG/ARTICLES POSTS OF THE WEEK
It would be erroneous to assume that progressive values are somehow at odds with what the traditional liturgy expresses, theologically. And some leftists can even find a little common ground in traditionalist circles. Mary-Catherine Croshaw is a leftist and radical feminist who prefers the Latin Mass because she finds it more reverent.
“Every major religion has a liturgical language that is used for worship (Arabic for Islam, Hebrew for Judaism, Sanskrit for Hinduism, Old Church Slavonic for the [Eastern Orthodox]) and I feel that just the use of a liturgical language, which, with the exception of Arabic, are not usually vernacular languages, reminds you of the importance of what’s going on and sets it apart from your everyday life. I also find the traditional Latin Mass much more aesthetically pleasing, which might be a shallow reason, but nonetheless it makes a difference for me.”
Rebecca Bratten Weiss, The traditional Latin Mass is not the problem with traditionalist communities | National Catholic Reporter (ncronline.org)
Pondering Podcasts OF THE WEEK
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Informative, Funny, Unique and Vibrant Videos
OF THE WEEK
This Week on
MYS168: Forty-four years ago this month, David Berkowitz was arrested and confessed to the Son of Sam shootings. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli examine whether he acted alone and what role satanism may have played in the murders.
Monday, Aug. 16
The Smartest Kids in the World, Discovery+
Based on Amanda Ripley’s New York Times Bestseller, THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD is the story of four teenagers studying abroad in countries that dramatically outperform the United States in education.-IMDB
Ben & Jerry’s: Clash of the Cones, 9 p.m., Food Network
Six ice cream masters from across the country are hand-picked to create an original Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor of their own.
Wednesday, Aug. 18
Diary of a Future President: Season 2 (2020) Disney+
A young Cuban-American girl embarks on a journey to become the future president of the United States.-IMDB
Thursday, Aug. 19
Looney Tunes Cartoons Back to School Special, HBO Max
Going back to school can be daunting, especially after a looney summer. Join everyone’s favorite toons as they buckle up and learn a thing or two. Daffy learns that cheaters never prosper, Foghorn Leghorn learns the pencil is mightier than the sword, and Beaky learns how to be a better buzzard.-New Elmo, Looney Tunes Specials Coming to HBO Max in August – Media Play News
Friday, Aug. 20
PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021) HBO Max
When their biggest rival, Humdinger, starts wreaking havoc as the mayor of Adventure City, Ryder and everyone’s favorite heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge. Armed with exciting new gadgets and gear, the PAW Patrol joins forces with a savvy dachshund to save the citizens of Adventure Cit
Reminiscence (2021) HBO Max
A scientist discovers a way to relive your past and uses the technology to search for his long lost love.- IMDB
Growing Up Animal: Season 1 (2021) Disney+
The intimate and extraordinary adventure of baby animals, from the safety of the womb to the uncertainty of birth and their tentative first steps.
The Night House Horror Searchlight Pictures Nationwide
Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth is left alone at the lakeside home he built for her. She tries her best to keep it together — but then the nightmares come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the house call to her, beckoning Beth with a ghostly allure. She soon begins searching for answers, only to find secrets both strange and disturbing.
Sunday, Aug. 22
The Walking Dead: Season 11 (2020) 9 p.m., AMC
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, this gritty drama portrays life in the months and years that follow a zombie apocalypse. A group of survivors travel in search of safety and security, constantly on the move in search of a secure home. But the pressure each day to stay alive sends many in the group to the deepest depths of human cruelty, and they soon discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be more deadly than the zombies walking among them. At times, the interpersonal conflicts present a greater threat to their continuing survival than the walkers that roam the country.
Monday, Aug. 23
Literally Their Last Week in Life
Piffy Quality Quotes
of the WeekSome thoughts to start your day.Seedless fruit:When the goal is making Catholics (via RCIA) or “getting people saved” (protestant evangelism) and not “making Disciples” we run the risk of producing fruit that can not reproduce.Potter & Clay:Disciple making is hands on dirty work; it requires skill and time. It is intentional.