Category Archives: Art

Aspiring To New Heights

The pieces have been on site for some weeks, I’m told. The architect and crane came today. I’m on vacation this week, but I came in for a meeting with an engaged couple. I was glad to enjoy one of … Continue reading

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At Vigil With Psalm 51

Another Easter Vigil first for me this past Saturday: playing and singing the fifty-first, which is the designated Scripture that follows Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28 when baptism is not celebrated. I’m a fan of Tom Kendzia’s setting of this, led by … Continue reading

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Susanna’s Day

The fifth Monday in Lent is a favorite day of mine. I remember fifty years ago when I first heard the story of Susanna at daily Mass. It thrilled me then and still gets a goosebump out of me today. … Continue reading

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Announcing A Fast

I saw a few bits of fuss about Wednesday being assigned as a day of fasting and prayer for the time of pandemic. Over the years, I’ve seen similar dismay at the suggestion that the day of Transfiguration be assigned … Continue reading

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La Guadalupana

One of my favorite story songs for this week’s feast. Plus, “Arrest and Separation” by Arturo Cambron:

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Beatitudes For The Weary Christian

One of my colleagues on Liturgy Commission shared Katie Cook’s “Beatitudes for the Weary Christian” from Seeds of Hope. I was thinking as I read the title of the handout, “I’m tired today. I really need this.” The one bit … Continue reading

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Jesus At Home With Martha And Mary

Henry Ossawa Tanner is one of my favorite painters of religious scenes. His depiction of Jesus visiting his friends may be my #2 favorite painting of his.

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Wood or Stone, Clutter or Plain?

PrayTell has been monitoring developments at a Houston parish, in 2015 here and a few days ago here. The before picture on the 2015 link is illustrative. I noticed a few things in the redecoration: a shift from stone (maybe … Continue reading

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Corporate Disrespect

Wells Fargo was about the third or fourth company that held my Kansas City mortgage. If I still lived there, I’d have to explore some way of selling the debt to someone else. Or raising such a ruckus they’d give … Continue reading

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Ballad For A Spy Wednesday

Two cautions, upfront. I’m not really big on the fascination with Judas Iscariot, so two posts in a week is a bit much for me. Also, I’m not the biggest fan of English Victorian literature, but a colleague alerted me … Continue reading

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With St Thomas Aquinas

If any of our readers have taken a liking to the Angelic Doctor, consider praying a novena. My parish observes the feast on the nearest weekend to his feast day, 28 January. You can start the novena now and end on … Continue reading

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Sunburst

I have seen some, but few monstrances that did not have the sunburst design. One of the art projects my parish will be tackling sometime in the next year is commissioning an artist to craft a new monstrance. One of … Continue reading

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Parish Art

One of our parish’s Liturgy Commission members wrote a series for the summer bulletins on the stories behind various works of art in our parish. It was adapted for our parish website here. We have moved exclusively to commissioning artists … Continue reading

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Sorrowful Songs in the Cathedral

I’m surprised I’ve never blogged on this before, Henryk Gorecki’s Third Symphony. I have the best-selling version with Dawn Upshaw on cd, which still is the finest version of the ones I’ve heard. Recently I stumbled across this one on … Continue reading

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Production Comes To Life

There is one awesomely wicked storm pouring down on poor Omaha tonight. The College World Series is on one end of town and a friend of mine texted me from being huddled under the concourse roof with her family. On … Continue reading

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