Country Preacher

I have a confession: while driving around Greenville, South Carolina, I enjoy listening to our local gospel station. Now this is not your up to date, synthesized, plastic gospel music. I’m talking about the good ole fashioned gospel quartets, with a bass who growls like an old dog and a screaming high tenor. I’m talking [Read More...]

Aiken South Carolina

On Saturday I had the luck to visit Aiken, South Carolina to lead a day seminar on the foundations of liturgy for the people and servers of the parish of Our Lady. One of our new priests, Fr Jeff Kirby is the parochial vicar there, assisting Fr LeBlanc. It was great to be given such [Read More...]

High Schoolers Facing East

Six high school boys stayed after Thursday’s daily Mass at St Joseph’s Catholic School: “Father, why didn’t you celebrate Mass facing East today?” “I’m doing so on two days of the week, and on the other two the usual way. Do you like the Mass when I celebrate facing East?” “Yes.” “Why?” “It feels more [Read More...]

The Hall and the Side Rooms

In his introduction to Mere Christianity C.S.Lewis says that once you decide to become a Christian it is like coming into the hall of a great house, and off the hall there are lots of side rooms. If becoming a Christian is coming into the great hall, choosing a denomination is deciding which room you want [Read More...]

Spiritual Hero

Spiritual Hero is the name of a new project I’ve got going. When I lived in England, before being moving back to the USA to be ordained as a Catholic priest, I ran a training company called Working Hero. The concept of Working Hero was that the hero’s quest, which makes up the plotline for all [Read More...]

Countering the Performance Culture

I will be in Aiken, South Carolina on Saturday leading a day workshop and lecture on worship. The first session is The Meaning of Sacrifice,  the second, The Meaning of Mystery. Then a workshop session, How Shall We then Worship? It seems to me that within American Catholicism one of the things we need most to [Read More...]