Novena for the Holy Father!

I’ve done a couple of novenas with this before, and I can tell you it makes praying novenas a lot easier when they are emailed to you! Check it out! Novena for Pope Benedict


Days VII and VIII

Day VII: Five Things I Couldn’t Possibly Live Without

1. My rosary 😀
2. My laptop
3. My spindle
4. The library
5. My bag 🙂

Day VIII: A Photo of Something I Ate Today

Well, *I* don’t have a habit of taking pictures of my food, but here’s one I found on the internet:

Chocolate chip muffins! Mine did not look quite the same though.

Day VI: A Moment I wish I could relive

First of all, yesterday I went to the Traditional Latin Mass for the second time, and I loved it even more. In my opinion, this is truly the liturgy of the Church. I have no problem with the Novus Ordo, but the TLM expresses so clearly the theology of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. And it is utterly beautiful. 

I wouldn’t mind reliving a lot of moments. I’m not sure whether the title refers to a moment I want to relive because it was so perfect, or one that I want to relive because I messed it up. In the last case, too many to count. In the first case, well, one of them would be Christmas Eve and Midnight Mass, especially.

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Book Review: Zita the Spacegirl

Today I’m reviewing Zita the Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke.

I first heard about Ben Hatke because I am a fan of Regina Doman, as you all know, and he illustrated her book Angel in the Waters (I feel sure I noticed him first in connection with her, but I don’t think it was through that book; I’m not really sure). I’ve also seen some of his work in Gilbert, the magazine of the American Chesterton Society.
A few weeks ago, I was at the library and they had that newsletter called BookPage out. One of my friends was looking at the last page and showed it to me; it was an interview with him mentioning Zita, and I was delighted to recognize that it was someone whom I had heard of. And so today, I was at the library again, and I saw the same newsletter and decided to look at the interview again. Then I thought, you know what? I bet they have Zita the Spacegirl at the library. So I checked, and they sure did. I brought it home and read it.

Wow. I’ve never read a graphic novel all the way through before, and it was absolutely fantastic. I cannot possibly recommend this book enough. It’s targeted at ages 8-12, apparently, but I would highly recommend it to anyone who can read. There’s some scary bits, but nothing extraordinarily terrifying. It’s a glorious little romp. The plot is this:

Two children, a boy and a girl, find an interesting device which allows their entrance into another planet. There the young girl (whose name is Zita, obviously) must go in search of her friend, Joseph, and save him from his kidnapper. But that’s not all; there’s an asteroid approaching the planet, and it will arrive in three days, destroying it. She meets several highly interesting characters, including a giant mouse and a sentient Heavily Armored Mobile Battle Orb. But don’t you dare call him Hambo. It’s not dignified.

What with an exciting plot, the whimsical creatures, and the likable characters, this book is difficult to put down. It’s funny, thrilling, and wholly charming. High praise, but it deserves it. The ending is an obvious set-up for the next book, which I believe the author is currently finishing.
I can’t wait.

Here’s the book’s trailer:

Zita the Spacegirl: Trailer from Ben Hatke on Vimeo.

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Day IV: A Favorite Television Program

This one really is hard, because I don’t really watch TV anymore. I used to really like Star Trek, Monk, Doctor Who, and Psych, but I don’t watch any of them anymore (especially Psych and Monk – I wouldn’t mind watching a couple episodes of Star Trek or Doctor Who, but I really can’t stand the two former shows). Twilight Zone is pretty good too… and I can put up with Alfred Hitchcock Presents. There’s probably a few others I used to watch too, I guess.

Well, I’ve got to pick one eventually, I suppose. I’ll go with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I guess. That was my favorite incarnation at one time, though I suspect that if I watched it now I would be severely annoyed by the alien mystic religiosity and turn it off forever in frustration and anger. That wasn’t the only questionable bit in the series… as I remember, there were a number of unpleasant bits. I think it had better character development than any of the other series, though, and it was more realistic; not to mention that it was a good bit cleaner, on the whole, than Psych, or maybe even Monk.

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Day III: A Favorite Book

Hmm. Well, this is a very, very hard one. I think I’ll do as Ivy did over at Singing in the Dark, and pick a book out of several categories.

Favorite book I’ve read for school this past year: The Aeneid – Virgil. I long for the day when I can read it in Latin. Of course, that will never happen unless I actually get *caught up* in Latin… 

 Favorite spiritual reading (besides the Bible): The Confessions of Saint Augustine. I love this book a lot. Saint Augustine is one of my favorite saints.

Favorite nineteenth-century novel: Gotta love these… probably either Pride and Prejudice or Middlemarch. Not that I don’t love the Brontes.

Favorite short poem: See this post. I’m not sure it’s my absolute top favorite, but it’s definitely one of my favorites.