Monthly Archives: March 2013

Something to Ponder for Easter

Happy Easter, everyone! Today I am sharing with you a brief video on the Shroud of Turin that encapsulates one of the biggest reasons it could not be a forgery–science has no way of replicating how it was made. Just watch:

Christus resurrexit!

And as a completely unrelated aside, this is my 100th blog post! Hooray!


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The Worst Thing about Good Friday

The tabernacle’s empty! And because the tabernacle’s empty, the entire church feels empty, and it’s depressing. Yes, yes, I know; it’s Good Friday; we’re supposed to be depressed today, but to see the door just standing open with nothing and no One inside…it’s tough. It makes you crabby, and it makes you want to cry, and all you do is sit in the back of the church and depressingly mull over the fact that Jesus isn’t in there like He’s supposed to be. Yes, God is everwhere, so technically Jesus is still in the church, but it’s not the same thing at all.

It’s a good thing that Good Friday comes only once a year. I don’t think I could handle an empty tabernacle more times.

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Musings for Holy Thursday/Good Friday

I found this video some years ago and found it interesting. As it is quite appropos for the Triduum, I’m posting it here.

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Book Review: “The Mystery of the Yellow Room” by Gaston Leroux

I am very happy to write a post about this book because I thought I would never get a chance to read it in the first place! My local library system didn’t have a copy of it, and after searching for awhile, I began to think I’d never find it. Then, you might say, it found me. Granted, it was an ebook, but it was also the story I’d been wanting to read for ages…and it was well worth the wait; it has got to be one of the most intriguing mysteries ever penned. It’s the story of how two journalists, Joseph Rouletabille and Sanclair (who narrates the story), investigate the assault of Mathilde Stangerson, whose father and butler enter her room after hearing her cries of “Help! Murder!” and find her gravely injured. Here’s the catch, though–her door was locked before they entered, and her window was barred, so there was no way for anyone to get into or out of her room without being noticed, yet neither her father nor the butler saw anyone. Intrigued to no end, Rouletabille decides to investigate the case to satisfy his own curiosity, and he brings an equally-curious Sanclair along for the ride. And what a ride it is.

The Mystery of the Yellow Room was Gaston Leroux’s first story with Joseph Rouletabille, and in France he is better known for those novels than for the story that most Americans associate with his name, The Phantom of the Opera. Yet there are a few similarities in the characters, mostly noticeable towards the end. For Erik, we have our would-be murderer (no, I’m not going to tell you who he is! It would spoil everything), a clever and daring man who knows that the best disguise in the world is to have everyone think you’re dead. For Christine Daae, we have Mathilde Stangerson, the focal point of the murderer’s actions. Hopefully without giving away too much, I can say that she was once in love with the murderer but now fears and loathes him–not at all dissimilar to the horror that Christine felt when she discovered that her Angel of Music was a deformed, obsessive, homicidal psychopath. For Raoul de Chagny, we have Robert Darzac, Mathilde’s fiance who has vowed to keep her past involvement with the murderer a secret and to keep her safe at all costs. And for the Persian, we, of course, have Rouletabille.

Long story short: READ IT! IT’S AWESOME! As for me, I’m going to see how many of the sequels I can find. So far I’ve only tracked down one, The Secret of the Night (aka Rouletabille and the Czar), the third book in the Rouletabille series.

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Random Doctor Who-ness

I got bored and decided to organize the Doctor Who episodes where River Song appears in chronological order according to her life, which is different from the chronological order of the show. I think there are a few YouTube videos out there that do the same thing, but I just kept things basic.

For those of you who are interested, the show orders the episodes like this:

  1. Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
  2. The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone
  3. The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
  4. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
  5. A Good Man Goes to War
  6. Let’s Kill Hitler
  7. The Wedding of River Song
  8. The Angels Take Manhattan

But if we were to place the episodes in order of River’s life, the order would be this (or something awfully close):

  1. A Good Man Goes to War
  2. Let’s Kill Hitler
  3. The Wedding of River Song
  4. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
  5. The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
  6. The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone
  7. The Angels Take Manhattan
  8. Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead

Granted, there is a bit of overlap–some parts of “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon” are actually set between “A Good Man Goes to War” and “Let’s Kill Hitler”, and certain bits of “A Good Man Goes to War” take place after “The Wedding of River Song”–but that’s about as close to a chronologic episode guide to River’s life there is.

Admit it. You now want to watch those episodes in that order.


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Some “Sherlock”-Related Goodies

Break out the confetti; they’ve begun filming the third season of Sherlock! Of course, no one knows when it will be aired in Britain let alone the US, but it’s a start, right? The season premiere is entitled “The Empty Hearse”, which is, of course, a nod to the story that resurrected the beloved detective, “The Empty House”.

While they’re working on filming the new season, you can scope out the 221B Baker Street set through this panoramic tour on the BBC America website. It’s about as close as most of us will ever come to actually being there in person.

I suppose I’ll just have to rewatch seasons 1 and 2 to tide myself over for season 3…

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Habemus Papam!

It seems like only yesterday that I was writing about the start of the conclave. Oh, wait…

The Catholic Church has a new leader now, Pope Francis I. This leads us all into another round of prayer that he may wisely lead us and not do anything stupid. Amen.

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