St. Al’s: Music, Architecture and Service Lead Detroiters to God

I worked in downtown Detroit many years ago, and one of my pleasant discoveries as I wandered the streets during my lunch hour was the unique and vibrant liturgy at St. Aloysius Catholic Church.St. Aloysius is located on Washington Boulevard, pressed into the space between the historic Book Cadillac Hotel and the Chancery offices.  Modeled after the great Duomo in Milan with its lower-level crypt chapel, St. Al’s was the only church I’d seen with both an upper and lower church.  On one visit … [Read more...]

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Baby Seven Billion: A Priceless Gift

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate. --Psalm 127:3-5Somewhere in the world today, Baby Seven Billion was born.Of course, we don’t know who this baby is, or where she/he is. Baby Seven Billion is a linguistic device, an instrument of the glo … [Read more...]

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Friends in High Places: Indulgences and the Communion of Saints

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It is probable that there is among Protestants a more obstinate—for I really must say so—a more complete misunderstanding on this point of doctrine than on any other. I say “obstinate” for the truth on this point has been stated so repeatedly that it seems impossible that it should not have been, at least to a great extent, accepted in the Protestant world by this time, had it not been for a firm determination not to accept it, and to regard us as either deceivers or deceived regarding it.  G … [Read more...]

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