Category Archives: Other Places

The Gardens of Castel Gandolfo

Catholic watchers know of the summer vacation spot for popes. Astronomy buff may know of it as the location for the Vatican Observatory, run by Jesuits–even before Pope Francis. BBC has a nice video feature on Pope Francis opening up … Continue reading

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A London Symphony

Readers here know me as a lover of American music of all sorts. And early music, too. Music from about 1750 to about 1900 interests me little. There’s just a lot of it and orchestras seem to play it all … Continue reading

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On A Caribbean Island

Two nations, one island. Fascinating history, but far from a beautiful one–in contrast to the lovely surroundings. Miami Herald commentary on the elevation of Chibly Langlois, a simple bishop–no arch–to the red hat. Comparing Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Langlois, … Continue reading

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Winter Weather

For those of you in the central and northeastern part of North America, I wish and pray for safety and warmth in the days to come. I was reading that the state of Minnesota has cancelled school on Monday. Some … Continue reading

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On the Road for a Holy Day Mass

We’ve been in Kansas City the past few days visiting with friends. The young miss, my wife and I had a spot of shopping to do for the party tonight, then we visited a parish nearby for Mass. A good … Continue reading

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Tabernacle From Japan

My friend Bill sent me an image of the Eucharistic Tabernacle from a Franciscan chapel in Tokyo. I wasn’t enamored of the choice to place it behind the presider’s chair. Otherwise, I found the design elegant in every way: the … Continue reading

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More Haiyan Aftermath

NPR’s Morning Edition had a feature on survival and coping in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The images from the inside of churches–images with roofs torn off–are unsettling. Terasita Mazeda, churchgoer: We just go to church and … Continue reading

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Friday Road Trip

Another college visit tomorrow. To a large public university to the south of us. 10AM start for the program, which means getting a pre-5AM start for a five-hour drive. The young miss seemed to have focused her college search to … Continue reading

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Another College Day Trip

Another college visit completed. Pella, Iowa is just a quick eighty-minute drive from our home. So we took advantage of a lazy Saturday to shoot down there to look at Central College. They do good work with study abroad options. … Continue reading

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How Do Arctic Muslims Survive Ramadan?

Good question. In a similar way, it seems, as Muslim astronauts do. Swedish Muslims north of the Arctic circle have a challenge–options, really, in addressing the observance of their holy month. Can they adopt the “time” of Mecca or Medina? … Continue reading

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Worthy Woman At Creighton

I didn’t mention the family’s day trip to Omaha last week. I had intended to blog about it. There were a few humorous bits to share. My spiritual director and I have been discussing a possible continuing shift in ministry. … Continue reading

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Archbishop Chaput On The Job

David Gibson at RNS gave a teaser for an Archbishop Chaput piece in Catholic Philly here. The RNS comment: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput is also known as a straight-talking fellow, and God bless him for telling it like is. And … Continue reading

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Getting Into My Gig, Part 2

Last week I described my exit from the world of full-time secular work. My experience of the Paschal Triduum twenty years ago this month at St Charles Borromeo Parish in Bloomington, Indiana was certainly an eye-opener. I had the immediate … Continue reading

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Getting Into My Gig, Part 1

I’ve enjoyed Rory Cooney’s entry into the blogosphere, Gentle Reign. I especially like the stories behind his songs and recordings. This week, his post on his thirty-year anniversary as a parish music director plucked a few of my historical strings. … Continue reading

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No More Russian Children to the US

This is not new information, that tomorrow a Russian law goes into effect that makes illegal the American adoption of Russian children. UCA News covers it here, with this statement about the state of those children’s souls: Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, … Continue reading

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