The Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition Priest

Here’s an article about it in Life Magazine. You can also see a big color picture of him on the cover.

His name is Fr. William A. Maguire. Except he says he didn’t say it, and Life points out that it’s an old saying. That’s urban legends for ya!

There’s also a nice picture of the songwriter Frank Loesser and his scratchpad. :)

Here’s the song they’re talking about.

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Why Is a Bicycle/Watch Company Named for a Shoe Polish?

I guess because they don’t know sh*t from Shinola.

Well, actually they do, and they’re bringing back the old brand name that’s gone unused. And they’re doing it all in Detroit, which is a gutsy thing.

But yes, the Shinola Cosmetic Company used to be best-known for various men’s cosmetic products, and shoe polish. It’s the shoe polish which the idiom is talking about.

The old Shinola company was actually from Rochester, New York, if my sources are correct.

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An Important Essay, and Recommending Partners of Wonder

“The Women Other Women Don’t See.”

I’ll be interested to read the sf research tome Partners of Wonder, which I hadn’t seen much about before. The author contends that women in sf were always doing plenty, but that their achievements have been forgotten and denigrated by… later women in sf!

This is of course not always true; but it’s true that there’s a lot less feminist love for sf romances in early pulp than for sf and fantasy buttkicking stories by women. (And to a certain extent this is natural; a lesbian isn’t necessarily going to want to read a romance between heterosexual people, and a lot of 70’s feminist sf theorists were lesbians.)

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St. Harper? St. Carter?

Okay, here we are, back in the land of naming your kid with somebody’s last name. This is a traditional practice in some families, particularly in the South, where one might name a child after the last name of the child’s mother or of another relative. But in recent years, a lot of people just give kids surnames for their given names, either in honor of a famous person or just because it sounds nice.

If you want to name your child after a saint, you can slide with naming the child by the saint’s surname. That’s where all the Xaviers come from. (Or you can go with first and last name of the saint as given names, and that’s nice too.)

If you’re looking for an English-sounding surname name, you want to look at the English and other UK martyrs, usually.

Carter is a very popular boy’s name, this year. It’s probably being given to most kids because of President Carter, or the (female) character of Major Sam Carter on Stargate.

But Blessed William Carter was one of the English martyrs. He was a printer who bravely published Catholic books at a time when they were outlawed. He was imprisoned for four years, tortured on the rack, and finally executed in 1584 by being hung, drawn, and quartered. (Jan. 11; May 4 as part of his martyr group.)

Now a newly popular name for girls is “Harper.” That’s probably because of the author Harper Lee, unless there’s some celebrity or soap opera character of whom I’m unaware.

But there is a St. Harper Road in Ellaville, Georgia, which indicates some kind of Catholic connection. So who could Saint Harper be??

Well, at first it seems it might be referring to one of the New Orleans Saints, or it’s a joke about Harper Lee. But then I found out that there are people out there with the surname “Saint Arbor.” Could “Saint Harper” be a mangled version of Saint Arbor? Well, it turns out that “saint arbre” is one of the French names for the Holy Tree, the Cross. And there are indeed French people with the surname Saint Arbre. So I guess you could take the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Sept. 14) as your name saint feastday.

I’m not totally satisfied with this solution as a basis for name saints, though! Thus I went and looked for saints named after harps, citharas, sambucas, etc. and didn’t find any. It also turned out that the Lyra in Nicholas of Lyra (not a saint but an influential bible commentator) was actually the River Risle (aka Lire, aka Liricina). So no joy, surprisingly!

There are saints who were harpists, of course. The most prominent one would be St. David, king and prophet, psalmist, and kinnor player. (His feast is Dec. 24, just like Ss. Adam and Eve.) St. Philip Evans, S.J. was a skilled harp player, and played joyful tunes while in chains and right before his martyrdom. (Jul. 23; May 4 with all the beatified and canonized UK martyrs of his time) So that would be another way to go.

UPDATE: I forgot another option – saintly titles and nicknames!

St. Ephrem of Syria, Doctor of the Church, is known as the Harp of the Spirit (Kenārâ d-Rûḥâ) for his beautiful songs and poems. (Okay, so really he’s a Kinnor of the Spirit.) His feastday is June 9. So there’s another name-saint option!


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St. Rose of Lima Parishioners Celebrate 100th Grandchild’s Birth

Technically, 46 of ’em are great-grandkids.

They go to an Extraordinary Form parish run by the FSSP.


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Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s New Project on Women in SF

Because there are tons of old anthologies and books about the history of women in sf, but they’re out of print; and nobody has been putting out new anthologies of classic sf that have really made the point.

Sigh. I don’t know if that’s a happy or a sad sigh.

Yes, it shouldn’t be necessary, but yes, it’s good that somebody is doing it.

Do I think that some of the crazier “feminist forgettery” folks (who’ve been saying “women never were able to make a mark in sf because oppression”) are going to learn better? Not really.

But that doesn’t mean the merely ignorant shouldn’t get a chance to learn and have fun with our fannish forebears! More cool stuff for all!

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More on Bl. Terence Albert O’Brien

Here’s an interesting newspaper article from Limerick talking about his relics.

The Irish Dominicans in Limerick have his pectoral cross, which was passed down in the O’Brien family from a lady who was able to see him before he died. From that time, and as relics of the local Dominican martyrs from St. Saviour’s Priory, they also have the priory’s chalice (aka the Sarsfield Chalice) and the priory’s statue of Our Lady from that time.

The oak statue is now known as “Our Lady of Limerick.” There’s a Catholic parish in Glenns Ferry, Idaho which is named for this real survivor of a statue, as well as for Our Lady’s title! Here’s a nomination of the church building for historic status that includes a nice black and white photo. (It’s currently part of a parish cluster with Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mountain Home, Idaho.)

Unfortunately, the Irish Dominicans have decided to close St. Saviour’s Priory, so presumably all the Dominican-owned relics will be moving out of Limerick.

I haven’t been able to see online whether St. Saviour’s Church will also close, or whether Our Lady of Limerick will have to travel elsewhere. It depends on whether the Order or the Diocese owns the church, I suppose. Here’s a page with more history of the church and of Our Lady of Limerick, including how she once went underground.

Here’s another article about Terence Albert O’Brien Park in Limerick, right across the street from the place where he died on the scaffold.

Here’s the park on Google Maps, more generally known as O’Brien’s Park.

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