Christmas Pie – Yum!

December 31, 2007

This pie is an apple pie with cranberry and ginger in the mix. It isn’t as sweet as your typical pie, leaning more towards a spiced wine taste but it sure tasted great on Christmas morning.

Christmas Pie

Holy Family Ball

December 31, 2007


What better way to spend the Feast of the Holy Family than to get all dressed up and go to a dance with the whole family?

Each year a family in Colorado Springs sponsors a Holy Family Ball at the Air Force Academy. Everyone is encouraged to dress up as much as possible for the event. The dance is held early in the evening and only lasts three hours so that the kids don’t rot.

The ratio of kids to adults is about 5:1 and I counted at least nine 12-passenger + vans in the parking lot. The best thing about this event is that there are so many kids and the area is contained so you can actually enjoy the dancing without having to worry that your kids have run out into the forest to play with wolves.

The only thing I would have liked is to have more ball-type music. I thought that playing “Love Shack” by the B52’s was a little incongruent with a Holy Family Ball.

The Seventh Day of Christmas – The Feast of St. Sylvester, Pope

December 31, 2007

St. Sylvester Icon

Pope St. Sylvester I was born in Rome to Rufinus and Justa in the late 200’s.

He was educated by a priest named Charitius or Carinus in literature and theology and was ordained a priest by Pope St. Marcellinus.

He witnessed Constantine’s triumph in 312 and upon the death of Pope St. Melchiades was elevated to the papacy in 314. The same year he sent four legates to the Western Council held at Arles. The Donatist schism and the Quartodeciman heresy were condemned at this council and Pope Sylvester approved the canons written at the council for the whole Church.

He was responsible for the building of the original Basilica of St. Peter’s and St. John Lateran and may also have been responsible for creating the first martyrology.

In 325 the General Council of Nicea was convened to deal with the Arian Heresy. The Arians professed that Christ was not truly God and this heresy became so prevalent that for a time most of the Christian world accepted the teachings. The Pope was not able to attend the council because of his age but sent three priests, Osius, Vito and Vincentius to act in his stead. Showing the importance of the pope’s representatives, these three priests are listed ahead of the Eastern patriarchs in the list of those attending the council. The council condemned Arianism and drew up the Nicene Creed which is recited at every Mass.

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The Sixth Day of Christmas – Feast of the Holy Family

December 30, 2007

Holy Family by Goya

The Feast of the Holy Family is dedicated to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, commemorating their life together in Nazareth and calling us to focus on Catholic family life.

The feast is celebrated on the first Sunday after Christmas, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday, in which case it is celebrated on December 30. According to The Fisheaters this feast is placed where it is on the calendar “(B)ecause in Old Testament Law, a child wasn’t a son of Abraham or a true part of the family until his circumcision at 8 days of age, an event of Christ’s life that we celebrated on 1 January (from 25 December to 1 January are 8 days).” The feast was placed on the general calendar of the Roman Rite on October 26, 1921, by the Congregation of Rites under Pope Benedict XV.

The Church presents the Holy Family to us as a model for our own family life. Joseph was the head of the Holy Family and provided for Mary and Jesus with the work of his hands. He was obedient to the angel who told him to take Mary as his wife, what to name the new child and again when told to flee with them to Egypt. He taught Jesus the carpentry trade and what it was to be a man in the society in which they lived.

Mary took care of her family in the home. It was she who would have taught Jesus the Scriptures and prayers of their people when he was very young. It was through her example of managing the home that Jesus would formulate many of the examples he would later use in his teaching. Jesus saw work sanctified through the example of his earthly parents, who did all things well in the ordinary circumstances of daily life.

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Still Rocking After 2000 Years

December 29, 2007

We Are a Large Mammal!

December 29, 2007

For those of you who follow such things, we are for the moment a “Large Mammal” in the blog ecosystem according to Truth Laid Bear.

Yep, that’s us down around 2500. Thanks for reading and thanks especially to Kevin at New Advent who helped get us there.

So Will Spiderman be Handing Out Condoms?

December 29, 2007

Superheroes meet the UN. Fantastic.

The comic, initially to be distributed free to 1 million U.S. schoolchildren, will be set in a war-torn fictional country and feature superheroes such as Spider-Man working with U.N. agencies such as Unicef and the “blue hats,” the U.N. peacekeepers.

The possibilities are endless.