Monthly Archives: January 2021

Gomez On Biden

I noticed Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez’s statement on the new president, and this commentary: I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, … Continue reading

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On My Tube: The Great

Historical drama isn’t my usual tv watch, but since this miniseries every now and then something catches and keeps my eye. hulu markets some intriguing shows, so I dove in to see something of Russia in The Great. If the … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 78: Starting At The Local Level

78. We can start from below and, case by case, act at the most concrete and local levels, and then expand to the farthest reaches of our countries and our world, with the same care and concern that the Samaritan … Continue reading

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Some Songs Are A Struggle

In my new parish, there is ample repertoire I’ve not ever played or sung at Mass before. My predecessors built a significant body of music. By my count over four-hundred pieces over the past five years, excluding psalm settings. My … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 77: Starting Anew

Coming to the end of his reflection on the characters in the Good Samaritan parable, Pope Francis discusses “Starting anew.” He begins with the encouragement to recognize one’s responsibilities, especially those shared with others: 77. Each day offers us a … Continue reading

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Liking The Wrong Kind Of Ideology

Disliking people and advocating for their “cancellation” is hardly a staple of those currently in political ascendancy. Anyone who believes themselves in ascendancy seems to want to wade in those waters. A social media friend noticed a conservative fanboy criticizing a … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 76: Turning To The Injured Man

76. Let us turn at last to the injured man. There are times when we feel like him, badly hurt and left on side of the road. We can also feel helpless because our institutions are neglected and lack resources, … Continue reading

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How Long? Not Long

Year after year, this question and answer give me chills as I listen to Joseph Schwantner’s epic setting of Dr King’s words. In this video of a fine college performance, it begins just before the 16 minute mark, but listening … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 75: Robbers And Those Who Benefit

75. “Robbers” usually find secret allies in those who “pass by and look the other way”. There is a certain interplay between those who manipulate and cheat society, and those who, while claiming to be detached and impartial critics, live … Continue reading

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Lift Ev’ry Voice

To be clear, the proposal is a national hymn, not a replacement for the national anthem. First verse sings as follows: Lift ev’ry voice and sing, Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of liberty; Let our rejoicing … Continue reading

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Acolytes and Lectors

I did notice this liturgical news earlier this week. Yay, but yawn. I can imagine the hand-wringing about it in traditional circles. The so-called minor orders were suppressed in the early 1970s. But they made a comeback in the heady … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 74: More On Those Passers-By

People can wrap themselves in the mantle of Christianity, but the behavior does not always match. Among today’s Christians, orthopraxis does not always accompany orthodoxy. 74. One detail about the passers-by does stand out: they were religious, devoted to the … Continue reading

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White Danger

Well yes, that whiteness is certainly a danger. I’ve attempted to engage a few people on social media with their alarm (which I know is genuine) about social media groups getting “cancelled.” I was also following some news where law … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 73: Look Closely At The Passers-By

73. The parable then asks us to take a closer look at the passers-by. The nervous indifference that makes them pass to the other side of the road – whether innocently or not, whether the result of disdain or mere … Continue reading

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Censorship

Some of my friends in social media are wringing hands over a certain purging on certain platforms. I’m still reading them on the main ones, including blogs, so it hasn’t hit just yet to the ordinary everyday non-seditionist. So, the … Continue reading

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