Claudio Monteverdi’s Christe Redemptor

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My favorite recording of my favorite piece of music: Claudio Monteverdi’s Christe Redemptor. [Read more...]

A Christmas sermon: Bright Blooms Dark Night

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What is the radical truth that pulls us back to the Christmas story again and again? The Christmas sermon from my pastor, Emily Scott, at St. Lydia’s. [Read more...]

Merry Christmas, Baby — from Christina Aguilera and me [VIDEO]

Christina Aguilera singing Merry Christmas Baby with Dr. John

Here’s an early Christmas gift for you: the best voice in popular music, Christina Aguilera, with the most amazing vocal of her career, and it’s a Christmas song! Whether you like pop or not, you will love this. [VIDEO] [Read more...]

Happy Festivus! Now about that Airing of Grievances…

Festivus Pole scene from Seinfeld with Jerry Seinfeld and Jerry Stiller

Festivus, celebrated on December 23, is the ultimate postmodern holiday. It’s ironic not only in how it’s executed but in its very inception. It’s a sarcastic spoof of family holidays, with a bitter slant — making a joke out of how unpleasant they can often be. [Read more...]

A beautiful rendition of Ave Maria sung by Jewel

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A beautiful rendition of Ave Maria sung by Jewel — not a Christmas carol but widely adopted into the holiday sacred music repertoire. [Read more...]

Santa and God Don’t Keep Naughty Lists

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One of the things that has always bothered me about Santa as a childish God archetype is the naughty list. A god that keeps a naughty list and withholds love and gifts based on it is a model of God that I reject utterly. [Read more...]

6 Tips for Making It Through Christmas Family Gatherings

From the Texas Dept. of Transportation’s “Tipsy, buzzed, or Blitzen” campaign

If you are heading into an uncomfortable family situation this weekend or next week, here are 6 simple tips to help you make it through. I learned them through hard-fought experience. I hope they’re helpful. [Read more...]

The difference between Santa, God, Spiderman and the Spanish Inquisition

Source: Stephen Wildish

This Venn diagram explains the difference between Santa, God, Spiderman and the Spanish Inquisition. :-) [Read more...]

Joe Scarborough: “Let Newtown be the hour after which, in the words of the New Testament, we did all we could do to make all things new.”

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This morning conservative Republican Joe Scarborough — for whom I have always had great respect — made news when he offered his thoughts on the political issues related to the Sandy Hook tragedy, and for the moment, I can’t improve on them. Please watch the video and read excerpts here. [Read more...]

Home for The Holidays When A Parent Is An Alcoholic or Addict

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Are you going home or having family over for Christmas with trepidation because it means dealing with an alcoholic parent? Are you not going home for Christmas because, after years of discomfort, you’re not willing to put up with it anymore? [Read more...]

Gaudete Sunday after the Sandy Hook school shooting

RIP Victoria Soto, 27-year-old teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who gave her life protecting the lives of her 16 first grade students.

How do we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, which means Rejoice Sunday, after the Sandy Hook shooting? By following the counsel of today’s reading and looking to what’s true and honorable, like teacher Victoria Soto who gave her life to protect her students. [Read more...]

Will we finally have a national conversation about guns because of the the Newtown school shooting?

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Spiritual leaders can offer a distinct perspective on the Newtown shootings, free from the political framing. To start, we can say, simply: This is not OK. We cannot dismiss incidents like this as a cost of freedom. The human suffering is not acceptable. [Read more...]

Musical paths — from Lisa Stansfield to Sneaker Pimps [VIDEOS]

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Join me on the musical journey (with videos) my brain went through in 30 minutes or so from Lisa Stansfield to the Sneaker Pimps. Is this music-nerdiness? Yes, but I find the connections music makes fascinating and beautiful. Hopefully a few of you will appreciate that, or at least enjoy the music. [Read more...]

The Feast of St. Lucy and Violence Against Women

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A reflection on the martyrdom of St. Lucy and the continuing violence against the “least of these” including women. [Read more...]


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