August 30, 2006



Click on the image to watch and listen!

The composer was Benny Bell (March 21, 1906 to July 6, 1999), a Jewish singer-songwriter of the 1940s.

He was born Ben Samberg in New York City. He decided to pursue a career in the music business, although his father had wanted him to be a rabbi. He enjoyed writing risqué lyrics, and during the 1940s his songs appeared in juke boxes in cocktail bars.

His first successful song was "Take A Ship For Yourself." In 1946 he released "Shaving Cream," as sung by Paul Wynn. His music waned until 1975 when "Shaving Cream" began playing again and became a top hit. The song was frequently played on the "Dr. Demento" radio program, and has been covered by the Doctor himself on the album "Dr. Demento's Dementia Royale."

. . . habits with veils!

Ninety-nine habits with veils on the wall!
Ninety-nine habits with veils!
Take one down, and wear it in town!
Ninety-eight habits with veils on the wall!

If you click on the photo, you'll see a larger version of it.

Too much starch, Sister!

It's a veil.
Not an umbrella!
Not a helmet!
It's a veil.

"Top 10 Catholic parenting tips found in the 10 Commandments"

From Catholic Online.
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Nine months of pregnancy in less than thirty seconds

Click on the image to watch the video.

This young family set up a website to help others come up with ideas and ways to make digital scrapbooks of their lives.

The video first appeared on their website.
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August 29, 2006

Pope Pius XII unsuccessfully performed a “long distance” exorcism on Hitler

I don’t know how reliable the report is. It’s from a Russian news site. Here is an excerpt from it.

“Stalin, Hitler Were Possessed by Satan,” says Vatican Exorcist

Adolf Hitler and Russian leader Stalin were possessed by the Devil, the Vatican’s chief exorcist claims, the Daily Mail newspaper reports. “You can tell by their behavior and their actions, from the horrors they committed and the atrocities that were committed on their orders,” Father Gabriele Amorth, who is Pope Benedict XVI’s “caster out of demons,” said during an interview with Vatican Radio.

“Of course the Devil exists and he can not only possess a single person but also groups and entire populations. I am convinced that the Nazis were all possessed. All you have to do is think about what Hitler— and Stalin did. Almost certainly they were possessed by the Devil.”

Secret Vatican documents recently released say that wartime pontiff Pope Pius XII attempted a “long distance” exorcism of Hitler which failed to have any effect. “It’s very rare that praying and attempting to carry out an exorcism from distance works. Of course you can pray for someone from a distance but in this case it would not have any effect,” Father Amorth said.

The Vatican’s chief exorcist claims that one of the key requirements for an exorcism is to be present in front of the possessed person and that person also has to be consenting and willing. “Therefore trying to carry out an exorcism on someone who is not present, or consenting and willing would prove very difficult,” he said.

“However I have no doubt that Hitler was possessed and so it does not surprise me that Pope Pius XII tried a long distance exorcism,” he added.

Read the complete article on the Russian site.
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The Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist, August 29

The official liturgical books of the Church call this the memorial of the saint's passio, "suffering".

I have posted a homily for the occasion.
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August 28, 2006

I helped Fr. William Kernan bring this about.

in Valley Center, Diocese of San Diego

You can see larger versions of some of the photographs by clicking on them.

Gerald Naus took these and other photographs. He has assembled a photographic tour and explanations of the church on his website.
Click HERE for it.

That's what some think of my face.

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