What’s a Hymn For?

I’m having some problems with music in Catholic America. Part of it is my problem. I spent fifteen years in the Anglican Church with the New English Hymnal–which is probably the finest hymnbook ever published in the English language. Musically and liturgically it was the best that traditional Anglicanism had to offer. Catholic music in [Read More...]

The Page

Going through some old sermons from Anglican days I came across this poem I wrote in 1984, and had forgotten about. What do you think? The Page I saw a king presiding on his throne; his robes were fine, his features kind, but stern. He saw envoys, ambassadors and men with urgent messages who rushed [Read More...]

Of Dandelions and Diamonds

A phrase from the Divine Office stuck in my head yesterday. Something to the effect of, ‘All the great men are as a breath of wind.’ It brought back a verse from the psalms about our life being like that of the grass of the field. It is here today and tomorrow the wind comes [Read More...]

All Hallows Even

Jay has re-posted some excellent information about the history of Halloween. Check it out. The celebration of Halloween is not a celebration of evil, devilry and witchcraft. It is properly a party on the Eve of All Saints Day, on which the victory over evil begins to be celebrated. The jack o lantern, and the [Read More...]

Are Witches Real?

I knew some witches in England. They belonged to a coven which was in my parish. I blogged about them last year this time. Believe, me. They’re real. They’re out there, and they’re not nice. One Saturday morning a fifteen year old girl knocked on my door. She was dressed all in black, with plenty [Read More...]

New Book

If you’re in England, make sure you pick up Protestantism by Cyprian Blamires. It is one of CTS’s new ‘Explanations’ series. The book is the best little explanation of what makes Protestants tick. It is clear, objective and sympathetic to Protestants without granting them much ground. The contrasts with Catholicism are pointed out in simple [Read More...]