Category Archives: Miscellaneous

A Tidy Right Column

The fifth Vatican II page is now up, Nostra Aetate. Individual posts cleaned up a bit and standardized with indented quotes. Some of the older Vatican II posts were on the original blogspot site. They didn’t always make it to … Continue reading

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Home Prayer on a Baptismal Anniversary

I was cleaning out some files on 3.5-inch disks today. I found something I wrote up for a parish bulletin about eight years ago. Home Prayer on a Baptismal Anniversary Preparation: a Bible, baptismal or other devotional candle, about 5-10 … Continue reading

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Yellow-Green?

The young miss was studying her driver education manual last night. It was left open in front of the family computer. When did they approve these new fluorescent yellow-green signs as an option or replacement for yellow? The manual explained … Continue reading

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A Unique North American Map

Can you imagine a map on which every person counted in the 2010-2011 US and Canadian censuses is represented by a dot? I found the tip on the Universe Today blog. Check it out here. When I zoomed in on … Continue reading

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12-12-12? What About 2012, 2012, 2012?

I don’t really perceive the magnitude of the fuss of yesterday. Maybe it was a big deal for Jesus being found in the Temple. But probably not, eh? I lived through the 12:34:56 moment on 7-8-90. It was an okay … Continue reading

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The Sun Rose Bright Post-Election

It did, literally. In my own backyard. Election Day was a thrill from a civic viewpoint. I arrived at the polling place at 6 o’clock and joined six other workers for a seventeen-hour day. My precinct (I worked my own home … Continue reading

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Save Time

When I was in high school, I boycotted daylight saving time one year. I kept my watch on standard time. I recognized that everybody else, from my teachers to my parents to public schedules were cowed by the government to … Continue reading

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Election School Today

Getting ready for next Tuesday’s big event. Attended school for election officials today. Got my pin, too. Two hours of new procedures, a few new machines, and connecting with the teams at the various voting locations. For the first time, … Continue reading

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No Home Dads, Please

Not sure what the genesis might be for the opposition to the stay-at-home dad. But a seminary prof went mano a mano with such a father over it. Owen Strachan on men’s work: It’s going to be hard. It’s going … Continue reading

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Silence and Stuck

I saw this feature at RNS today, on a priest who set aside three years in ordained ministry and who found love and eventually family life after he left. A few lines in the article struck me. First this one illustrative … Continue reading

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A Few Hymns For The Hours

At this week’s peer ministry training retreat, the students had the experience of daily Mass, plus the hinge hours, Vespers and Lauds, as well as Compline. There’s a significant small group of students who pray the Office regularly. I kept … Continue reading

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Free Fr Frank?

RNS  linked the Amarillo press on Fr Frank Pavone’s ongoing tussle with his bishop. The Priests For Life celeb hit up the Congregation of Clergy, and while Priests for Life and other anti-abortion folks are generally in rejoice mode on … Continue reading

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Apparition Norms

These norms have been out for more than three decades, but only now have they been translated into English. From the preliminary note regarding apparitions, an acknowledgement of the current situation: Today, more than in the past, news of these … Continue reading

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For Many Germans, Consider Other Sheep

The Tablet reports that Pope Benedict has ordered German bishops pray “for many” not “for all” in the German translation of the Eucharistic Prayer. The Pope said he was writing “to avoid a split” in the Church after (German Bishops … Continue reading

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Awake

My wife had wanted to catch this new show, and I was half-paying attention until about ten minutes in. tv is completely under my radar these days, except for an occasional movie or soccer match. In the wasteland of bad … Continue reading

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