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For a Number of Coins

Spy Wednesday

From H. E. Bishop Donald Sanborn’s Lenten series of sermons, here is “The Last Supper.”  The recording is 50 minutes long.

Tradition in Action offers three reflections for Holy Week with words and music:  Maundy Thursday: “Judas Mercatur Pessimus”, Good Friday: “Tamquam ad Latronem”, and Holy Saturday:  O Vos Omnes”, all composed in the 16th century by Fr. Tomas Luis de Victoria of Spain.


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His Appointed Time Fulfilled

Tuesday of Holy Week

Just a few more days of Lent.  Here’s an opportunity to conquer “Workplace Conflicts”.  This is Part 3 from Catholic Gentlemen’s Catholic in the Cubicle series.

Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, the first church in England following the Reformation to be dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament, is undergoing a true renovation, not a wreckovation, according to “The Restoration of a Hidden Gem,” on New Liturgical Movement.

Rorate Caeli offers this short meditation for Holy Wednesday by St. Alphonsus Liguori, “Christ Speaks from the Cross.

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It’s the Talk of the Town

Monday of Holy Week

Mom and Pop stores play an important role in holding a community together.  In this Smithsonian piece, Natasha Gelling recounts the story of how long-established family businesses are succumbing to high rents and government regulations in New York City.

Considering a move to Cincinnati for the traditional Mass?  National Geographic features two articles, here and here, that showcase the city.

Leading the way to the tomb, H. E. Bishop Donald Sanborn delivers a 28-minute sermon on the topic of the Monday and Tuesday of the first Holy Week in Jerusalem.  And here is the Holy Week Webcast Schedule for the pre-1955 Mass at St. Gertrude the Great in West Chester, Ohio.


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All Francis Friday

Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Hearing Francis praise marriage as an “icon of God’s love for us”, Marielena Montesino de Stuart expertly presents the evidence of Francis’ hypocrisy.

Being pope is just another job that makes you happy because you’re not unemployed.  We all know that unemployment is one of the most serious problems facing the world today.  One of the other ones is the environment.  No, not euthanasia. Not abortion.  Not traditional marriage.  Francis met with Brazilian “Bishop” Erwin Krautler in order to get the bishop’s advice on the pope’s upcoming encyclical on the environment, citing a need to get the bishop’s expertise on the rainforest and the indigenous peoples of Brazil.

The rainforest “bishop” reports that he and Francis also seriously discussed the priest shortage and ordaining married men to fill the vacancies.  The “pope” recommended that bishops’ conferences get together and come up with “solutions.”  In other words he gave his blessing to the idea of having married priests without having to take any responsibility for it.

Francis praises Rosmini.  What was Bad in the Old Church is Good in the New, or The Evolution of Narrow Thinking.





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Now You’re Talking

Saints for Today

Just in case you wondered why mothers can’t resist engaging their infants in baby talk, this little piece on First Things, with the intimidating title of “Socially Constructed Self” will provide the answer.

Don’t be discouraged by this Art of Manliness post that starts out talking about two popular (depending on whom you ask) politicians’ ideas about family dinners.  Further down into the story there are many concrete examples for building family relationships and helping your children develop good manners, a better vocabulary, and even a family narrative.  More talking?  Yes.

A long and endearing list of attributes of the large family make this Finer Femininity piece a real charmer.  It’s an excerpt from The Catholic Family Handbook by Rev. George A. Kelly and may be just the thing to send to friends and/or family who don’t understand the blessing of children.




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To Behold the Truth, And to Love It for Its Beauty

Saint of the Day:  St. Mary of Cleophas

Writing for Crisis, Anthony Esolen wields his awesome sword against the modern education dragon in “Read Literature to Learn and Love the Truth,” where he cunningly uses famous literary characters to argue that true education is not about measuring and documenting.

Drawing on the apt imagery of the husbandsman for his first point, John Cuddeback makes the case for fathers to garden with their sons in Aleteia’s “A Father’s Hand in the Garden”.  Point two addresses the need for boys to feel accomplished at something meaningful, while point three discusses boys’ need to spend time being mentored by men in the “joy of shared work.”

Fighting and Fashion?  Listverse offers this lighthearted look into “The Ten Most Fabulous Things People Wore into Battle.”   Yes, one entry, #5, is about some sniper women.  Bleh.

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A Model to Be Imitated

Saint of the Day:  St. Perpetuus

From Dirt to Shirt:  A t-shirt manufacturer focuses on supply chain transparency to win back American jobs from overseas.  TS Designs’ t-shirt labels feature a style number that allows purchasers to trace their garment all the way back to the farmer who grew the cotton, and that farmer is within 600 miles of where the cotton is ginned, spun, and made into shirts in Burlington, NC.   Customers can identify and visit every person who is in the supply chain by entering the style number into Google maps.  In this short Tedx talk, Eric Henry, president of TS Designs, explains how he is bringing apparel industry jobs back to his home state, and in the process, provides a model for other entrepreneurs interested in the Restoration.

The Noble as a Social Model:  In the second part of this TIA series, Plinio Correa de Oliveira uses the example of how an electric current works to produce illumination in a light bulb to show how a noble takes the “energy of knowledge and culture” and transforms it into “light for the entire society.”

When Dependency Unites with Charity:  Christian civilization provided the best care for the poor, physically and spiritually, as shown in this piece by Nobility.