June 2012

Did You Know? Charles Taze Russell published the first issue of the Jehovah’s Witness magazine The Watchtower on July 1,1879. Back then it was called “Zion’s Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence.” The first edition ran 6,000 copies. Today the public (as opposed to study) edition runs 42,000,000 copies, giving it the largest magazine […]

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If you read some older English translations of the Bible, like the Catholic Douay-Rheims (pub. 1609) or the Protestant King James (pub. 1611) you come across some passages that seem a bit mysterious. For example in the Douay-Rheims, in Psalms 91:11 we read: But my horn shall be exalted like that of the unicorn. In […]

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Did You Know? Albert Einstein published four amazing papers in 1905, the year known as his “Annus Mirabilis” (Latin, “Miraculous Year”). The third was received for publication on June 30. In it he proposed his special theory of relativity. Despite this being much more important than his work on the photoelectric effect, it was too […]

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NOTE: The Church Year is going to be moving to its own web site, which will enable it to grow an audience that is specifically interested in the kind of information it presents. The new website is www.LiturgicalDay.com. Visit there for the full story and to sign up to receive it by email every day […]

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Did You Know? The earliest surviving intentional recording of music (or so it is, or was, thought) was made on June 29, 1888. It was a recording made to wax cylinder (like the ones pictured) of Handel’s “Israel in Egypt.” You can listen to a copy of that recording at the link. LEARN MORE.

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As someone who came to the Catholic faith from Evangelicalism, one of the doctrines that I had to deal with was purgatory. Upon starting work as an apologist, I had to dig even deeper into the subject, and I discovered that over the course of time it has been understood in different ways. One of […]

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Today is Thursday of the 12th week of Ordinary Time. The liturgical color is red. Note: In some parts of the world (like England and Wales but not the United States or Canada), tomorrow is a holyday of obligation (St.s Peter and Paul, Apostles). If you live in one of those places, be sure to […]

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Did You Know? Despite its association with the culture of the 1950s, pinball was actually invented much earlier. Precursors of pinball were in production as early as the 1600s. The pinball machine pictured here dates from around 1760 and, in addition to having a spring mechanism to propel the ball, it has two slide out […]

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Today is Wednesday of the 12th week of Ordinary Time. The liturgical color is green. In the Extraordinary Form, this is the season after Pentecost.   Saints & Celebrations: On June 27, in the Ordinary Form, we celebrate St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop and doctor of the Church. It is an optional memorial. There is […]

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