Everybody Dies. Lent Reminds Us of That.

It seems the news lately has been full of death:  We've lost Hollywood idols like Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, '60s rock stars like Leslie Gore, politicians like Mario Cuomo.  "60 Minutes" host Bob Simon, and 21 Coptic martyrs. The New York Times' David Carr entered eternity on the same day as Ahmad Givens, star of VH1's "Real Chance of Love.".Every day, souls are propelled off this planet, separated from the twisted bodies which had been their flimsy wrapper for fifty, sixty, ninety y … [Read more...]

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When Kennedy Died, How Did the Boston Symphony React?

On the afternoon of November 22, 1963, the Boston Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to perform in concert.But then word arrived that President John F. Kennedy had been killed.  Conductor Erich Leinsdorf quickly changed the program:  Instead of their planned concert, he distributed sheet music for the Funeral March from Beethoven’s third symphony, explaining to his musicians that they would be playing this instead of the piece which had been scheduled.And then the conductor stood on the sta … [Read more...]

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Father Oscar Huber, the Priest Who Administered Last Rites to JFK

John F. Kennedy was America’s first Catholic president.So when he was shot in Dallas on that terrible day, fifty years ago, they called for a priest to come and administer the last rites of the Church in the emergency room at Parkland Memorial Hospital.The priest who responded was a Vincentian priest, Father Oscar L. Huber, who served at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Oak Lawn community of Dallas.  Father Huber later described in an interview what he saw there in the emergency ro … [Read more...]

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