Monday, June 22, 2009

Shopping for the Year of the Priest

For the year of St Paul I bought an icon from Pauline Books and Media to display in the Church. I would like to find one of St John Vianney for the Year of the Priest. I would also like a copy of one of the famous photos of St Therese of Lisieux to display too to prepare for the coming of her relics. A prayer card with St Therese`s prayer for priests would also be useful at this time.
However I`m having no luck. I did find a place in the USA but postage was $62.95 which seemed a lot.
If anyone knows where any of these things can be bought in the UK or Europe I`d be glad of the info.
UPDATE: 11.20 I have just discovered the website of the Carmelite book service which looks as if it may be useful.

15 comments:

Augustine said...

I seem to remember the bookshop at the Cathedral having a St. Therese display last week.

Anonymous said...

I will be in St. Andrew's tomorrow, and am quietly confident that I will be able to find a picture (at least a poster). If so,I will drop one off at Forest Hall. Ken Ibbs

Fr Michael Brown said...

Thanks Ken. I ordered tow photos of St Therese from the Carmelite book service so it is the Cure D`Ars I`m after now.

1569 Rising said...

Father,

I have a statue of the Cure, about 12 inches tall, full colour, in good nick, bought by myself in Ars in 1961.
If he will be of any use, you may have him on extended, unlimited loan.
He has followed me around for years, a very special friend and confidant in good times and bad. A most inspiring saint, probably more relevant today than ever.
I will never get over the story of the Devil setting fire to his bed!

Fr Michael Brown said...

Thanks 1569, that is very useful.

Cure-ious said...

Father, I was in Limousin,central France on holiday last year and visited the ruins of a Roman villa in the depths of the countryside at Ars. At least I think it was called Ars. Would that be the same Ars as in Cure d'Ars? (Apologies, but I don't know how to do an acute (or any) accent on a keyboard)

1569 Rising said...

Cure-ious,

Ars is in central France, not a long way from Lyon. You would have known you were in Ars of the Cure, there is a large basilica, and it is a major pilgrimage centre. I cannot remember there being a Roman Villa there, but it is a long time since I was there. Did you know that he used to cook a large pan of potatoes on Mondays, and that comprised his whole diet for the week, cutting off the black mould as the week wore on.
He would spend hours each day in the Confessional, and he had a thing about dancing - the work of the Devil, he said. I do agree!

ScepticalBeliever said...

1569 Rising: despite it being a long time since you were in Ars I don't think they will have built a Roman Villa since then.
I have always been somewhat doubtful about the good Cure since I learnt about his dislike of dancing. The Taliban have the same feelings about dancing - and also singing. Did he also condemn singing (apart from choral stuff)?
Also,I wonder why, if he really felt he had to exist on a diet of potatoes, he had to boil them a week in advance and thus have to waste some of them when they, inevitably, turned black! Seems silly to me.

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1569 Rising said...

Sceptical Believer,

Point taken on the Roman Villa, put that down to my sloppy use of English, I shall stay in after school and do 100 lines.

Dancing - he felt it was an occasion of sin, especially the flamboyant lascivious nature of peasant French
dancing. He, as far as I remember, had no opinion on singing, anyway, what is wrong with, as you put it, "choral stuff"?

He only sliced off tiny shards of black from his potatoes, so there was very little waste. It may seem silly to you, but you are a SCEPTICAL believer.

ScepticalBeliever said...

Come off it, 1569, how on earth do you know he "only sliced off tiny shards of black from his potatoes"? And by the seventh day he may well have had to chop off half of the potato/potatoes he had left. (And when the weather was hot he must have wasted more than he did in the winter.)
Nowt wrong with choral stuff (as there is nothing wrong with most kinds of dancing) but if he made a blanket condemnation of all dancing he may have done so with music , too! Jus' askin'

1569 Rising said...

Sceptical Believer,

Have you never cut off the black bits of a carrot before cooking? It is normally easy to identify "off" food, we used to offer a piece of ham to one of our cats, and if Badger ate it, it was good enough for us, if she made a scratching motion next to the plate, then it was definitely off.

I am not aware of a blanket condemnation of singing coming from the Blessed Cure, but the dancing was definitely banned - quite right too, all this lascivious Military Two-Stepping, and promiscuous Bradford Barning, encourages loose morals and switching of partners. Ban it, I say!

ScepticalBeliever said...

1569 - I get my carrots out of a tin from M & S and if there any black bits I take the tin back, pronto. I do not have a cat to test the freshness of my food, nor do many other people, so we need M & S.
The Bradford Barn Dance and the Military Two Step are the only two dances I was ever any good at so they should be encouraged.
If M & S had had a shop in Ars the Cure would probably have issued an Fatwah agin it on the grounds that some people might enjoy it.
I wonder that if by now we are the only two people taking any interest in this posting? Shame!

1569 Rising said...

Sceptical Believer,

Last comment? Probably. Carrots from a tin? Marks and Spencer Carrots?, No cat? Military Two-Step? Bradford barn? You reeally are beyond redemption, the Cure should issue a Fatwa against anyone eating tinned carrots.
Is there a crock of gold in your part of the world? (Subtle)

ScepticalBeliever said...

1569 asks:: Is there a crock of gold in your part of the world? (Subtle)
Too subtle for me; sorry!