Filling up my hard drive with MP3’s and eBooks

Faith and Certitude, Fr Thomas Dubay, my friend gave me a copy for ChristmasFor days now I have been downloading free stuff from the web, free books at Project Gutenberg and free MP3’s at the Institute of Catholic Culture on their media page. Good thing I have all those external hard drives! Plus I bought some used books and a friend gave me a volume from his voluminous library! Whew! Got my work cut out for me, I do! Continue reading “Filling up my hard drive with MP3’s and eBooks”

In this bleak early winter, a Christmas reminder

In the Bleak Midwinter...Amidst all the the mad dashing and rushing, the pushing and shoving, the shopping, the wrapping, the sorely missed napping—it’s easy to forget that Christmas is a time of celebration of the birth of a tiny child on a cold winter’s night in the long long ago. And a time of preparation for the day when our King will return in glory to judge the living and the dead. To help us both, you and me, keep the true meaning of Christmas in mind, here’s a poem (see below) that was also written long ago by one of my favorite poets. Gustav Holst set the poem to music and the result is one of the most beautiful Christmas carols ever.

Have a very Merry Christmas, dear Reader, whoever and wherever you are! May your heart be filled to overflowing with the love of Christ Who is the Source and Summit of all love and all truth and all goodness, all beauty and all joy, forever and ever. Amen. (Poem follows.) Continue reading “In this bleak early winter, a Christmas reminder”

The U.S. gets its very first official and approved Marian apparition site

Our Lady of Good Help Shrine in Green Bay, WisconsinThe U.S.A. joins a handful of other countries around the world that have Marian apparition sites recognized by the Church. “David Ricken, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, announced today his official approval of the Marian apparitions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion during a special Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.” Read the full article in the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Read more about the newly approved Marian apparition. Read more about Marian apparitions. Read more about the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Read more about the Marian teachings of (and her role in) the Church.