Banal Hymns at Mass

Anthony Esolen has a good moan here about some of the hymns he has to endure at Mass. Anthony is an English professor and noted translator of Dante. So he knows something about poetry. Why oh why are such awful hymns allowed in the Catholic Church? I’ve mused on the bad music myself in this [Read More...]

The “Real Presence”–A Flexible Friend

elevation of host

Yesterday at Mass for Corpus Christi I spoke about the real presence of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It reminded me that many Catholics use an abbreviated form of this theological mouthful and refer to “the Real Presence”. The problem with this is that “the Real [Read More...]

I’ll Fly Away Oh Glory!

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Those who like fairy tales should love the story of the Ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. Like Dorothy, who is swept up by a cyclone to Oz, Jesus floats up and disappears up into what must be a Technicolor heaven. Fantasy tales are full of this sort of thing. Peter Pan flies away to [Read More...]

A Medieval Madonna Caught My Eye

Notre Dame de la Brune

Twenty five years ago a medieval Madonna caught my eye and captured my heart. Notre Dame de la Brune is a restored Romanesque image of the Blessed  Mother. It is in the North aisle of the Abbey church of St Philibert in Tournus, France. This church is a fantastic example of Burgundian Romanesque. You can find [Read More...]

Do Catholics Pray to Mary?

pray to mary

Do Catholics pray to Mary? It sure looks that way! But there is more to it than that. An increasing number of Protestants are ready to be more open minded about this controversial topic. “I’m ready to honor Mary more than we usually do” said a Protestant friend, “but I’m not going to pray to [Read More...]

May Day

maypole

We used to have a May Day celebration in the elementary school I attended in Pennsylvania. There was a May King and Queen and the little kids were the may court. They’d process out to Pomp and Circumstance and watch the other kids perform class by class. Some classes did square dancing or a little [Read More...]


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