Papa Z's Views and Comments

Location: Wisconsin, United States

I am a convert to the Catholic Church after serving in ordained ministry for more than nine years in another denomination. I hold a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in historical theology, and another in systematic theology, and am currently working (very slowly) on my doctorate. I work in Christian Education and Formation and teach at the University level. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and eight great kids! When I'm not studying, reading, or blogging, I enjoy eating and drinking! Like Bilbo Baggins, I have been specializing in food for many years, and my table has a high reputation!

Friday, December 24, 2010


  • The twenty-fifth day of December.
  • In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth;
  • the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the flood;
  • the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham;
  • the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;
  • the one thousand and thirty-second year from David's being anointed king;
  • in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel;
  • in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
  • the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome;
  • the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
  • the whole world being at peace,
  • in the sixth age of the world,
  • Jesus Christ the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,being conceived by the Holy Spirit, and nine months having passed since his conception,
  • was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary, being made flesh.
  • The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

Merry Christmas! (I know -- the more modern text is probably more accurate -- but I LOVE the traditional text!)

Papa Z

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010


Today is December 7th. Twenty-three years ago today, on December 7th 1987, I had my first date with the wonderful woman who would become my wife!

We had been friends for more than two years, and were taking a class together. We were working on a "take-home" exam in the school library, when I spontaneously asked her if she wanted to go out. We had virtually no cash between us, but drove around looking at Christmas lights. We later shared a small order of french fries at McDonald's! (All the change we could collectively assemble!) We had twelve dates in the next two weeks, and were married in October of 1989.

Michele is a wonderful, godly woman; a great wife and mom; and my best friend!


Papa Z!

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