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The Most Profound Reflection On Antonin Scalia, Anywhere.

16 February 2016

Neither Tarnished Nor Afraid

by David L Alexander at his blog, “ManwithBlackHat”
16 February 2016 A.D.

scalia david“Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor — by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.

“He will take no man’s money dishonestly and no man’s insolence without a due and dispassionate revenge. He is a lonely man and his pride is that you will treat him as a proud man or be very sorry you ever saw him.

“The story is this man’s adventure in search of a hidden truth, and it would be no adventure if it did not happen to a man fit for adventure. If there were enough like him, the world would be a very safe place to live in, without becoming too dull to be worth living in.”

Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888-1959)

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For the rest of this extremely thoughtful essay please click Here

Advent I: Hope via @manwithblackhat

30 November 2014

by David L. Alexander at his blog, ManwithBlackHat

(Romans 13:11)

Brethren: you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. R. Thanks be to God.

V. O Lord, hear our prayer.
R. And let our cry come unto Thee.
V. Let us pray …


Please click >HERE for the rest of David’s Advent post. First in a series…

Weekly Update: Loose Lips in the Loggia via @ManwithBlackHat

29 March 2014

dla-richmond-avatar-mediumPosted by David L Alexander at his blog,

“This video is unlisted. Be considerate and think twice before sharing.” Okay, so I thought about it once, then I thought about it again, then I shared it anyway — because, yeah, Cardinal Burke really does name names.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s bouncing around the bandwidth of Believers lately:

If you want the rest of the juicy red meat, continue HERE after the JUMP!

“You’re infallible. Don’t blow it.”

20 March 2014

Posted by David L Alexander
at his blog, Man with Black Hat

three-popes-cvOne year ago, the (honorary) clergy of Rome elected one of their number, Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, as Bishop of Rome. By virtue of this election, Cardinal Bergoglio also assumed the titles of: Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the Vatican City State, and my personal favorite, Servant of the Servants of God.

In other words, the Pope.

Asked by what name he would be called, he chose that of Francis.

It would behoove many of the faithful, to reflect upon a piece written fourteen years ago tomorrow, by the late Joseph Sobran, who passed into eternity in September of 2010.

For the really juicy part of the post you need to click HERE!

Reflecting on Saint Patrick’s Day: @ManwithBlackHat & his “Annual Über-Celtic Moment “

17 March 2014

“My Annual Über-Celtic Moment “

by David L Alexander

Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Patrick (387-493), the patron saint of Ireland. It is on the Emerald Isle that today is traditionally a religious holiday. At one time, the bars would close and the churches would be full out of obligation. Only in recent years has the feast seen a more rebellious spirit, complete with parades and green beer, which is definitely an American influence.

Growing up in a postwar Catholic environment, we were taught that there were two kinds of people; those who were Irish, and those who wish they were. There were the Irish nuns who favored the Irish kids, including the unforgettable Sister Mary Mel (yes, her real name), who wasn’t above calling some miscreant a “jackass.” My own family fell into neither category. I came to dismiss the whole notion of St Paddy’s Day — indeed, the whole notion of being Irish — as a license for certain people to be more arrogant and obnoxious than they already were.

Continue after the jump >>> HERE

“Loose Lips in the Loggia” Weekly Update from @Manwithblackhat

1 March 2014

Loose Lips in the Loggia (Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Edition)

dla-richmond-avatar-mediumPosted by David L.Alexander posted at his blog,
Man with Black Hat

Shown here are scenes from a movie coming to theaters on May 9, which will prove once and for all (if in a very subtle way) that the Catholic Church is the One True Church, founded by Christ Himself, outside of which none can be saved. More on this one next Wednesday. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, here’s what’s bouncing around the bandwidth of Believers lately:

Continued after the jump>>> HERE

A treat for our readers: TWO Posts for the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

7 October 2012

The Rosary: Shedding Light on Mysteries
by David L.Alexander at his blog, ManwithBlackHat
October 7, 2012 A.D.

VIDEO: “The Rosary” (Ethelbert Nevin). Recorded September 23, 1951 for The Mario Lanza Show, with studio orchestra conducted by Ray Sinatra.

Today, the western Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, established in 1571 by Pope Pius V, to commemorate the victory over Muslim forces at the Battle of Lepanto, saving Christian Europe from the conquest of Islam. In 1573, Pope Gregory XIII changed its title to “The Feast of the Holy Rosary.” Originally assigned to the first Sunday in October, Pope Pius X moved it to the 7th of October. Today, if only in the traditional usage, it is referred to as “The Feast of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

continue after the jump>>>click HERE


by David L. Alexander at his blog, ManwithBlackHat
October 7, 2012 A.D.

White founts falling in the Courts of the sun,
And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run;
There is laughter like the fountains in that face of all men feared,
It stirs the forest darkness, the darkness of his beard;
It curls the blood-red crescent, the crescent of his lips;
For the inmost sea of all the earth is shaken with his ships.
They have dared the white republics up the capes of Italy,
They have dashed the Adriatic round the Lion of the Sea,
And the Pope has cast his arms abroad for agony and loss,
And called the kings of Christendom for swords about the Cross.
The cold queen of England is looking in the glass;
The shadow of the Valois is yawning at the Mass;
From evening isles fantastical rings faint the Spanish gun,
And the Lord upon the Golden Horn is laughing in the sun.

continued after the jump by clicking HERE

What a beautiful way to celebrate this day…. Editor’s Note

The Latin Mass: A Postscript via @ManwithBlackHat

17 September 2012

September 16, 2012 A.D.
by David Alexander
at his blog, “Man with Black Hat”

Friday evening, we here at man with black hat published an essay entitled “The Latin Mass: Why You Can’t Have It” which was fairly well received. We had nearly five hundred visitors in the 24 hours that followed. For us, that is doing very well. It’s what happened the next day that has left us completely at a loss.

About two or three times a month, we get lucky and are featured at Big Pulpit. But it didn’t stop there this time. One of our correspondents suggested where we might send a link to the article. With nothing to lose, we obliged them. We got picked up by Rev Mr Greg Kandra, author of The Deacon’s Bench at the Patheos Catholic Channel, essentially the “cool kids table” of the Catholic blogosphere.

Click HERE for the rest of the story…

Editor’s Note: Please click over to ManwithBlackHat as Mr. Alexander gives a a Black Hat/Tip to our own Sofia here at AlwaysCatholic. Thanks, David!

“Nihil”…@manwithblackhat waxes profoundly on “the reality of evil in the world”

21 July 2012

by David Alexander
20 July 2012 A.D.


It is said that when the late Heath Ledger was tapped to play the role of the Joker in the 2008 Batman film The Dark Knight, he was cautioned by the man who had done so before. Veteran actor Jack Nicholson, who himself starred as the twisted villain in the 1989 film Batman, part of an earlier incarnation of the Batman saga, gave a cryptic response when told of Ledger’s death from a prescription drug overdose.

Please visit David’s Blog, ManwithBlackHat for the rest of the story…

David Alexander is a blogger from Arlington, Virginia with a unique and introspective insight to things Catholic and everything else…

Countdown to 1st Sunday of Advent:The Guided Missal Series Part 9 from @ManwithBlackHat

23 November 2011

Guided Missal 9: Concluding Rites

Prayer After Communion (Postcommunion Prayer)

Following the administration of Holy Communion, the priest-celebrant calls upon the faithful to rise for a closing prayer, one that makes reference to the Eucharist having been received. The following is the one for the First Sunday of Advent. As usual, this vignette begins with the Latin text, followed by the 1973 translation, and finally the 2010 version.

Rest of MWBH post click here… (you know you want too!)


Editor’s Note: Best Series on the New Missal translation out there!

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