Monthly Archives: January 2008

Explorer’s 50th Anniversary

Celebrate the golden anniversary of the US entry into space, watching this video on the JPL site. Explorer I, launched 31 January 1958, is modeled in triumph above by William Pickering (JPL’s then-director), James Van Allen (the Iowa scientist who … Continue reading

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Underage Lectors

Or perhaps that should be “Underage” Lectors. My young friend Laura was recruited while in 6th grade to be a regular lector by our then- associate pastor. She had good poise and presentation skills by any adult standard, so I … Continue reading

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Golden Rings and Icy Moons

They’re really not golden. This is a natural color image taken from the dark side of the rings. Where they are bright, you see more sunlight poking through. That dark middle section is the most dense portion of the Saturnian … Continue reading

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Recent Films

We’ve been watching a lot of movies at home lately. It’s been interesting to branch out from Ebert thumbs-up flicks at the theater. In no particular order … We watched The Wedding Date, which I liked a little bit better … Continue reading

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St Benedict Makes the APOD

Check this link for Cosmas Damian Asam’s 1735 painting of St Benedict in Germany’s Weltenburg Abbey. The Baroque painter accurately depicts the corona of the sun which only appears during a total solar eclipse. Also depicted is the “diamond ring” … Continue reading

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Infant Baptism, Weddings, Future Liturgy Series

Just an update on liturgical matters around here. Over the next few weeks, I’ll post on each of the wedding readings, with Neil’s help on 1 Corinthians 13, and hopefully a bit more. We’ll look at the rituals of infant … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Catholic Schools Week

Greetings, all. Sorry for the weekend in exile; I do have a busy parish, you know. This past weekend, we had a quinceanero on top of our usual five parish Masses. And my wife and I celebrated twelve years of … Continue reading

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