Monthly Archives: March 2014

Lachrimae Caravaggio

Jordi Savall is one of my musical heroes. I found a concert of his Lachrimae Caravaggio on YouTube. Recommended for listening. The disk is available on Amazon. Recommended for acquisition. I find this fusion of different forms of art–the inspiration … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 9: God’s Creation

Today, John Paul II reminds us of God’s creative agency in the universe. He mentions the “style” as “poetic,” but the title of DD 9-10, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gn 1:1)” is certainly an appropriate … Continue reading

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Wizarding Spin-Off

The young miss emailed me with the news. Is this spin-off a good idea? I’m a skeptic. You can read up on the character here. First off, there’s no question that film one will be a massive moneymaker for all involved. … Continue reading

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The Rudder of Missed Opportunities

In starting this post, let me reiterate that on this blog, I welcome and appreciate dissenting views. And friends like Liam, whom I’ve never met face to face, certainly through more than a decade of associating with me, are as … Continue reading

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That Kneeling Pope

Rocco wrote, “(N)o Pope has ever been seen as a penitent.” That never occurred to me when blogging about it last week. Perhaps I’ve become accustomed to seeing priests confess to one another in form II. Perhaps I’ve become accustomed … Continue reading

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EG 128: Respect and Gentleness

There’s a lot of debate and hand-wringing, especially in the more traditional circles–those places that expect or even demand unconditional surrender and purchase of that ticket across the Tiber. It’s the old adage, when you’re right, you’re right. Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Cosmos Episode 3

I missed the network airing of episode 3. I watched it earlier today. Four is on a bit later tonight. But I might catch that later. A confession: I never watched the Carl Sagan series. I have no reference to … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 8: The Celebration of the Creator’s Work

Chapter I, “Dies Domini” (The Day of the Lord) covers numbered sections 8 through 18. This section cites the prologue of John’s Gospel, “Through him all things were made.” (1:3) What is the first thing we need to know about … Continue reading

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EG 127: Person to Person

But a blurb in the bulletin. Get an announcement after Communion. If these are SOP at your parish, you’re not communicating effectively. Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, titles numbered sections 127-129, “Person to person” and it’s not because he’s the kind of guy … Continue reading

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Liturgical Improvisation, Falling in Love, and Four Wives

What do these three things have in common? It sounds like the kind of joke that would walk into a bar. But it’s the arc of parish life in Mount Carmel, Illinois. Think about it, then check this link to … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 7: The Heart of the Christian Life

The introduction to Dies Domini wraps up today with this section. I hope I  haven’t appeared too hard on Pope John Paul thus far. It’s mainly that I don’t think the law-n-order approach was terribly effective when this document was … Continue reading

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The Three

Over the years here (on this blog) and there (elsewhere in the Catholic blogosphere) we’ve discussed a good bit of liturgical music. The three judgments, introduced to most American church musicians in the 1972 document Music in Catholic Worship (MCW), … Continue reading

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Foreboding

Blogger Steve Skojec got a lot of attention for his Pope Francis skepticism this past Fall. I noticed on a blog aggregation site a link to this extended essay that kept him up half the night putting together. Look at … Continue reading

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EG 126: The Spirit Works Through Popular Piety

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium 126, stresses again that God utilizes popular piety to inspire and urge us to evangelization: 126. Underlying popular piety, as a fruit of the inculturated Gospel, is an active evangelizing power which we must not underestimate: to … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Confesses

As my parish’s two communal reconciliations approach, a question arises in connection with the Holy Father’s surprise for his MC. Did you read about it: (A)s Msgr. Guido Marini was showing which confessional the pope would be using to hear … Continue reading

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