Monthly Archives: May 2004

Ice Hockey In Australia

Ice hockey in Australia Hard to believe, but true. If I ever achieve my life’s dream of spending several months visiting Australia, I can rely on a little touch of the north.

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Reconciliation, one of a liturgist’s favorite topics

On her excellent blog, Karen Marie Knapp comments on Elena Curti’s piece in the 29 May 2004 Tablet. Here’s the full article. A friend of mine suggests that Pius X, not Vatican II, instigated the most substantial liturgical reform of … Continue reading

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I’ve enjoyed the last four episodes of Enterprise this month. But the end of this episode is a bit twisted. Questions: Did Archer’s decision not to send Malcolm to disable the planet-killing weapon (and thereby not being present at the … Continue reading

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Survey says …

Recent American war policy has been a disaster. Let’s look at the scorecard over the past sixty years. We fought Iraq in 1991 (after supporting Saddam all through the 80’s) and a tinpot dictator outlasts his adversary, our president Bush … Continue reading

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Assigning blame for bad church music

Scattered discussions around St Blog’s about who’s at fault. The nuns. The liberals. The microphone sales staff. The publishers. The bishops. The egotistical musicians. On Fr Jeff Keyes’ blog someone asked me if I was joking for saying the progressives … Continue reading

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Road Trip!

Small Catholic parish of 3500 families seeks an organist/cantor/music director. Qualifications: Must accept the whims of the pastor as being of primary importance. As for weddings, the organist must be guided by the bride’s favorite CD of the Three Tenors; … Continue reading

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Reviews, SF and music

I’m a sucker for reading reviews. Except for his taste for soft porn, I find I agree most often with Roger Ebert when it comes to cinema. Rick Norwood’s bi-monthly column at the sf site is a regular read. I … Continue reading

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Chaput on Receiving

Archbishop Chaput weighs in on receiving Communion “But the Church always expects Catholics who are living in serious sin or who deny the teachings of the Church — whether they’re highly visible officials or anonymous parishioners — to have the … Continue reading

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Butt Prints in the Sand

One night I had a wondrous dream: one set of footprints there were seen. The footprints of my precious Lord, but mine were not along the shore. But then some stranger prints appeared, so I asked the Lord, “What have … Continue reading

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On Retreats

A friend e-mailed “I’m specifically wondering if you go on retreat with a purpose in mind (e.g., to discern something, to concentrate on a certain aspect of your life, etc.), or with a blank slate to let the Lord write … Continue reading

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The one thing missing in the abortion/excommunication of abortion providers/excommunication of political supporters of abortion providers/excommunication of voters for political supporters of abortion providers debate. Some of my St Blog’s friends are buying banners and popcorn in anticipation of the … Continue reading

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Back from retreat

My wife was worried four days wasn’t going to be enough. Though it was my shortest retreat in nine years, it came just at the right time, and it was just the right length. Everybody on the premises was also … Continue reading

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Celestial Gate

Is at present one of my favorite pieces of classical music. It is Hovhaness’s 6th symphony. The whole disc, Telarc 80392 is performed by I Fiamminghi and is really fine. As Emeril would say, go out and buy a few … Continue reading

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Seeking His Mind

Spiritual Book Associates sent me Basil Pennington’s book Seeking His Mind a few years ago. I had set it aside, but then misplaced it in my den. So this will join the Psalms as spiritual reading this coming week. It’s … Continue reading

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A light shines in purgation

The AP tells me that … “A Los Angeles-based company plans to invest $50 million to build a new downtown arena, and hopes to bring an NBA or NHL team to Kansas City.” Good. So long as they’re not taking … Continue reading

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