Monthly Archives: May 2005

Work Versus No Work

Chet Raymo’s Science Musings Blog is a refreshing change from the ideological climate of St Blog’s. But even there, I cannot help but draw parallels. Look at Raymo’s brief essay on Ice and Fairies. I was struck by his conclusion: … Continue reading

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My Problems With Apologetics

My Problems With Apologetics I feel like wading into some controversial territory tonight. We’re heading to Omaha early tomorrow to visit the zoo, so have at it while I’m gone.   The dictionary defines the term as a “branch of … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer

from Neil Catholics believe that we can learn more about the Gospel by paying close attention to the lived experience of the Church, or, as one Orthodox theologian has better put it, “the life of the Holy Spirit in the … Continue reading

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St Louis Jesuits, part 7

(Dealing with Loss) The America two-part article on the St Louis Jesuits concluded with the news that after twenty years, a reunion is in the works. I’m cautious about such efforts. I’ve never found an appeal to go back, but … Continue reading

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At Saturn: Things Worth Watching

For any science geeks out there, the Cassini web site has a few new items worth checking out. Watch the movie of the small moon making waves in the rings if you haven’t done so already. A “hot spot” on … Continue reading

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St Louis Jesuits, part 6

(Words and Music) In contemporary English-language liturgical music the direction toward Scripture was begun by the Jesuits. They never let up, and their standard has been adopted in whole or in part by just about everyone that came after them. … Continue reading

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Squirrels

There were three country churches in a small Texas town: Presbyterian, Methodist and Catholic. Each church was overrun with pesky squirrels. One day, the Presbyterian church called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels. After much prayer … Continue reading

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Pointers for Pluckers

Guest John asks for some advice in the thread below. Knowing I have a small number of musician readers, I thought I’d make his request an open one. So feel free to add comments below. The question is really two-fold: … Continue reading

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St Louis Jesuits, part 5

(It’s not about them) Unlike today’s market-driven liturgical music “stars,” the St Louis Jesuits “were noted for their refusal to do large-scale staged performances.” Commentary from the article continues: “That was the difference between the Jesuits and earlier groups,” says … Continue reading

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St Louis Jesuits, part 4

(The Timing’s the Thing) In 1973 timing called forth action. Many of the men involved were completing their studies and would soon move to new places and apostolic assignments. It was now or never. The Jesuits’ first compilation, Neither Silver … Continue reading

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Even More Liturgy

From Neil   The principal architects of Sacrosanctum Concilium (Vatican II’s Constitution on the Liturgy) were Johannes Wagner, Aimé-Georges Martimort, and Pierre-Marie Gy. Père Gy, a French Dominican who passed away in 2004, gave a rambling Père Marquette Lecture in … Continue reading

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St Louis Jesuits, part 3

(Confluence) Foley had grown tired of being the point man for Jesuit liturgy: “I was the only one doing it. I had to play all the Masses, and it was too much.” Know the feeling. Though I never thought I’d … Continue reading

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St Louis Jesuits, part 2

(There Goes the Neighborhood) Bob Dufford described his exposure to and his love for musical theatre and the classics. The America story continues: One day, another Jesuit arrived at rehearsal with an original song and a guitar. Seeing that guitar, … Continue reading

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St Louis Jesuits, part 1

A friend sent me the America two-part article (May 23rd and 30th editions of the magazine, 192:18-19) on the St Louis Jesuits. I’d consider it a great and informative read for anyone interested in liturgical music. Over the next several … Continue reading

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Looking to the East

from Neil In my previous posts on the liturgy, we looked at Fr Keith Pecklers’ claim that at the very center of Sacrosanctum Concilium (Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy) “was one fundamental principle: full, conscious, and active liturgical … Continue reading

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