DON'T STOP BELIEVING: Detroit – a Metaphysical City

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RANDOM ACTS OF CULTURE – "Handel's Messiah" Hits the Mall

Miracle on 34th Street!  Macy's in Philadelphia (not New York, so that's where the cultural reference to the '40s movie falls flat) was the scene of a RANDOM ACT OF CULTURE at noon on October 31, when members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and local choirs broke into an enthusiastic rendition of "Handel's Messiah."  Merry Christmas-- and who cares about Halloween, anyway? This effervescent hubbub prompted me to think about antonyms:  What, exactly, is the opposite of crass commercialism?  Here w … [Read more...]


As we Catholics in the United States celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints (either tomorrow or—in some dioceses—today), our pastor preached an excellent homily about the saints. The word “saint,” he noted, is found 62 times in the New Testament. With the exception of the Book of Revelation, most often the term “saint” refers, not to those who have gone before us in the sign of faith and who rest in the arms of Jesus, but to those frail but well-intentioned people who accompany us on our journey … [Read more...]