"Now that the Rosary is obsolete, Father Peyton...”

Father Patrick Peyton, the Holy Cross priest who brought the family Rosary into millions of homes, wouldn't bat an eye if you put it to him that way. He's used to such banter, and to wrestling seriously with the problem of decline in devotion to the Rosary and indeed in devotion to Mary.

"I've never been so optimistic about the Rosary, or about devotion to Mary," the Irish-born priest told NC News.

"And that isn't just whistling in the dark,” he said.
Most Catholics do not know that a priest wrote the words and a Catholic organist the music for the most beautiful and best-liked of atl Christmas hymns, SILENT NIGHT. Nor do they know that a broken church organ was the cause for its composition.

It all happened in the village of Arnsdorf, high up in the Tyrolese mountains, near Salzburg, the night after a heavy snowstorm had isolated the little settlement. Inside the tiny church, Franz Gruber was greatly upset when he discovered that the church organ was broken. The storm had cut off any chance of getting repairs from the nearest village, and all Gruber's cherished hopes of playing the elaborate Christmas music were wiped out.


3 desertspoonfuls rice.
1 pint of milk
Pinch of salt
2 dessertspoonfuls sugar.
1 egg.
Method: Put the rice in a pie-dish with sufficient water to cover. Bake about ten minutes, slowly, till the rice begins to swell and absorbs the water. Remove from the oven, stir in the milk, egg, salt, sugar and nutmeg. Return to the oven and bake slowly for 1 1/2 hours.

M for the million things she gave me.
0 means she is growing old.
T for tbe tears she shed to save me.
H for her heart of purest gold.
E for her eyes of love-light shining.
R for right, and right she will be

Put them together, and they'll spell
A word which means the wide world to me.