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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Great Priest's Name


You can't make this up. Father Stephanos reports that they had a fairly distinguished guest at Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside recently. He is Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, who is assigned as preacher to the Papal Household. As someone else already pointed out, father's last name means "Sings the Mass" in Italian. I bet God had a special gleam in His eye when he tapped this man for the priesthood.

15 comments:

Adrienne said...

God has a gleam in his eye when he deals with any and all Italians:)

gemoftheocean said...

Very true!!! Okay, I hope I don't offend any readers of French descent out there ... but the Italians have it all over you for "love of life."

DigiHairshirt said...

Karen, unrelated to your topic, but . . . um . . . sorry about them Charhers (I've already starting talkin' smack over at my blog).

DigiHairshirt said...

Excuse me, that's Chargers.

But I guess you knew that . . .

gemoftheocean said...

Oh, those *******. and then yesterday I found out about Duncan Hunter dropping from the race. The one true conservative. I'm torn between still voting for him to show my dissatisfaction with the other candidates....but then I risk that backstabber McPain, Hucksterbee or womanzier Giuliani picking up steam over that. I've got a choice of McRomney (of the front three she gives him the nod) - I don't think Thompson's got the $$$s to do it. And by all means Hitlery must be stopped.

Karen

gemoftheocean said...

Oh, meant to say "Ann coulter gives nod to" -- she always said good things about Duncan Hunter, but pointed out last week that although Romney triangulated more center whilst running in Massachusetts, he's governed more conservative.

The election is going to be UGLY this year. Is it a sin to pray all the major players just up and ropday eadday? EsYay hattay's igpay atinlay onway hetay ensitivesay tuffsay.

Karen

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

It is a nice name all the same..

gemoftheocean said...

Jackie, it's a BEAUTIFUL NAME!!!!

U wonder if he is descended from a famous chorister.

la mamma said...

I remember a seminarian called Ivor Parish. Let's hope he's a parish priest now and not still a curate!

gemoftheocean said...

La Mamma: "Ivor Parish" works especially well for a UK citizen! I hope he's a Parish Priest too.

Stephen said...

At the opposite end of the spectrum, this time a staggeringly inappropriate name -

The co-pilot who, amazingly, managed to put the 777 that crashed just inside the perimeter fence at Heathrow the other day in such a way that nobody was killed either on the ground or on the plane is named John Coward.

(Perhaps you have to know the area to know how incredibly skilled you'd need to be to avoid hitting something on the ground in that situation. The area is *very* built up, and there's a major, busy road, a tube station, a bus station and maintenance hangars more or less right outside the perimeter. It's close to a miracle that the accident wasn't very, very much worse.)

gemoftheocean said...

No kidding, for some reason I hadn't turned on the news that day but caught the item on a blog I read, Mulier-Fortis. I have to say I've flown in and out of both Gatwick and Heathrow, and if I had my druthers I'd take Gatwick every time.

Karen

Stephen said...

Personally I avoid Heathrow and Gatwick, and fly in and out of Manchester.

But then, I'm usually not going to London. At least, not by air (when I go to London, it's by train, usually - Virgin Trains, in fact).

Fr Tim Finigan said...

The clerical name I like is that of Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See's permanent observer to the UN. His name translates as "Heavenly Better".

gemoftheocean said...

KA-THUNK!!! (That sound you hear is Karen fainting after hitting the floor when Fr. Tim left a comment for the first time!)
Great name. The Italians seem to do that with greater frequency than Anglophones .. who if they do such things give their kids names where they are guaranteed to become either axe-murderers or have the patience of saints.

Karen

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