Imagine: he was found by nuns in a shoebox in Iraq, and he's singing today on TV

Incredible story of survival and hope.  Take a moment, go get a Kleenex, and then watch.  You can thank me later. [Read more...]

"Lift High the Cross…"

And now, a little musical interlude for this great feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  Here’s one of my favorite hymns.  Everybody sing! [Read more...]

"God of Our Fathers"

I can’t think of a better way to close this day.  This was sung as our recessional hymn at all the Masses this Sunday.  Here, doing it to perfection, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. God of our fathers, whose almighty hand Leads forth in beauty all the starry band Of shining worlds in splendor through the [Read More...]

Was there any patriotic music at your parish this weekend?

I asked a similar question a few weeks back, around Memorial Day, and got some interesting responses. Here’s what happened at my parish at the 5 pm Mass Saturday night. Following the prayer after communion, the leader of song invited everyone to remain standing to sing our national anthem. Not “America” or “God Bless America.”  [Read More...]

"Life is super short"

The Anchoress has accused me of “blubbering” over stuff like this.  Wrong.  I never blubber.  I sniffle. But now she’s gone and posted the video below, which may be one of the most potent and unexpected pro-life (and pro-living) testaments you’ll see on television. And I have to admit: I’m blubbering. Just watch. [Read more...]

For Labor Day: "Let the River Run"

From Mike Nichols’ “Working Girl.” Ah, a flashback to the ’80s, complete with big hair, big shoulder pads, big Nikes to walk to work.  A great song (thank you, Ms. Carly Simon) from a great romantic comedy (and when was the last time someone in Hollywood made one of those, anyway?). And, as an added [Read More...]

What are we? This video answers that question. Brilliantly.

I just love this.   Watch it and share it. UPDATE: For those who have asked, this link has the lyrics.  The song is “All We Are” by Sugarland. A snip: Fire like lightnin’ Burning up the night Smoke horizon Won’t give up the fight Where deep inside, you can hear that call Wakin’ your heart, [Read More...]

Square peg in a round hole?

That’s how one priest I know described this new setting to the familiar (some would argue, overly familiar) “Mass of Creation” by Marty Haugan.  A lot of American parishes have used the older version, and will begin using this new setting this month, in anticipation of the new Roman Missal, which makes its debut on [Read More...]

The door is open, just come on in

Archbishop Charles Chaput has decided to forgo the customary knock on the cathedral door when he is installed in Philadelphia next month — and other details of the ceremony are also coming to light: There will be no knocking on the door when Archbishop Charles J. Chaput arrives to the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter [Read More...]

"The Big Bang Theory": the complete theme song

I never knew that the theme song of my favorite sitcom is actually longer than 30 seconds. Until now. Thanks to the God Googler, Mike Hayes, here’s the whole thing — and a peppy little video, to boot! [Read more...]


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