Tag: Merry Christmas

Do Something Appropriate


The world of Apollo 8 was in some ways very different than the world in which we find ourselves today; in others, not so much.  In 1968 there was war, same as today.  Then there was civil strife, same as today.  But the men of Apollo were forged in the crucible of the Depression and World War.  They were daring and brilliant.  They went about their astronaut business with drive and returned from space to pick up where they left off.

I know there are many here who have far more knowledge of the space program than I do. I have the love of Apollo forged by new color televisions and Major Matt Mason, Mattel’s Man in Space. Yet the tiny fraternity of men who traveled to the moon is getting smaller. Last week, Ken Mattingly died. Yesterday, Frank Borman died.

The Sable News


My cousin’s Christmas newsletter came back marked “no such address” in spite of the fact that she lived in the same house for 28 years. When I texted her about it she said just to email her a copy.

She had to ask me twice, maybe three times because of an internal, visceral reaction – kind of like years ago when I was in China and they said it is OK to spit the bones onto the plastic table cloth.  Even after sending her the pdf, I popped another paper version in the mail.

Our Christmas newsletter tradition began when we were first married.  We were in the “one true church” and one of their distinctive was that they didn’t believe in Christmas – pagan holiday and all that and Jeremiah warns us that worshiping Christmas trees is vain (well, sort of, but not really).

Be Glad You’re Not My Neighbor


This year almost everyone in our little ‘hood has gone above and beyond with Christmas lights and decorations. I’ve posted some of my son-in-law’s efforts before; he did a light show at our home for the past two Christmases and another that was COVID-themed back in the spring.

Merry Christmas


The Magnificat (Latin for “[My soul] magnifies [the Lord]”) is a canticle, also known as the Song of Mary, the Canticle of Mary and, in the Byzantine tradition, the Ode of the Theotokos. It is traditionally incorporated into the liturgical services of the Catholic Church (at vespers) and of the Eastern Orthodox churches (at the morning services). It is one of the eight most ancient Christian hymns and perhaps the earliest Marian hymn. Its name comes from the incipit of the Latin version of the canticle’s text. The Magnificat, taken from Luke’s Gospel -1:46-55

My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.

Back to the Pews


In honor of this special day, I thought I’d write a brief (edit: I tried to keep it brief, I really did!) response to a post @westernchauvinist put together some time ago. Here, she asked the Ricochetti what it would take to bring them back to church. Though it elicited many thoughts at the time, I’m finally getting back to you, WC.

Excepting the funeral masses I’ve worked this year, this has been the first I attended all year – before I’m accused of being one of those who steals the seats of you regular attendees during the holidays, I’ll admit that I haven’t gone to a Christmas Mass in years. I wasn’t raised in the Catholic Church, but I’ve known for some time that the church of my mother’s family is the one I belong to, and that any return to a hospital for sinners would be to a Catholic hospital.

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Someone suggested in a recent post that if everyone that voted in the last election, donated $5.00 to the Trump re-election campaign, it would not only raise funds, but it is a show of solidarity with the President and a thumb in the eye to this impeachment mess. I thought it was a great idea […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shudder at the attempted terrorist attack in New York City but are glad this particular ISIS sympathizer only injured himself.  They also slam CNN for not only failing to verify the information from its sources in its supposed Wikileaks bombshell but for failing to be the first to correct its mistakes and then saying its reporters did everything right.  And they roll their eyes as leftists get bent out of shape because U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley wished CNN’s Jake Tapper, who is Jewish, a Merry Christmas.