Category Archives: Art

Holy Ghost Hole

Anybody ever notice such a hole in the ceiling? Or plan to put one in a new church building? According to the wiki: In the Middle Ages, cathedrals and great churches throughout Western Europe were fitted with a peculiar architectural feature … Continue reading

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Bishops Of Prudence

I was browsing Vatican News and found this interesting bit in an interview with the head of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops. Marc Ouellet: What counts most in the pastoral profile of a bishop: natural gifts, spiritual virtues, or the … Continue reading

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Two Views?

It’s not an Emmaus year, at least not on Sundays. A social media friend cited Dale Ahlquist’s piece on Catholic-Protestant views on the story of Luke 24:13-35. I’d like to think I have a non-trivial background in Christian art and … Continue reading

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Prudence In The Cathedral

I celebrated my first Chrism Mass in over two decades last week. Last time: my parish hosted a Tuesday morning liturgy. It was fun, and an honor. The core of the music ministry was my parish’s resurrection choir. Our guest … Continue reading

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Truly Christ is risen. image: the American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1910, The Three Marys

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Juan Diego, Modern

Today has been the feast of San Juan Diego. One of my new staff colleagues alerted me to the artist Gracie and her work which depicts traditional saints in various modern styles, tattoos, electric guitars, and especially fashions of clothes, … Continue reading

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Advent Lectionary: Isaiah 63:16b-17

The Lectionary framers stitched together pieces of Isaiah to lead out the first reading of Advent in cycle B. This opening plea stood out for me: You, LORD, are our father, our redeemer you are named forever. Why do you … Continue reading

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While I was unable to be here long enough for the dedication rite, I was blessed to witness and important installation, one that already inspires reflection. Left, the truck has arrived, and below, I captured an image without zoom that … Continue reading

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A Saint Among Many

I wish I knew the artist and reference for this painting of Saint Martha a friend gave me some years ago. It makes me like the elder sister of Mary even a bit more. It helps me think of saints … Continue reading

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Jesus And Religious Leaders

Beginning with this weekend and stretching through the Sundays of the month of October, the Lectionary goes with a different focus in Matthew’s Gospel. After his entry into Jerusalem, Jesus directs his parables to the religious leaders–at least as the … Continue reading

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Angelic Withdrawal

Music publishers are heading into a tough year: no choirs in parishes, limited worship books (my parish has cancelled its order for 2021), and now, supposedly, a Mormon angel on the cover of the book for psalmists, right. Story here, … Continue reading

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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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