An Orchestra Assembled from a Land Fill

The next time your kid complains because he or she doesn't have the latest and best version of this or that, tell them you love them, and then sit them down to watch this:My son's g/f, watching, found in this an answer to the utilitarian types who think beauty and art are unnecessary and extraneous. These people are so poor, but they still want art, seek art, live for art. The transcendent connection to God. The beauty that saves us.I want to see this movie.Related: Dame Kiri Te … [Read more...]

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Advent: Love Words and Expectations in the Dark – UPDATED

I am so grateful that Advent is upon us; my favorite time of year! It is all hope, depth, mystery and promise of light, and it feels like we need it; it feels as though we have all been so occupied with politics, natural disasters, willful (and unpersuasive) belligerence and our own daily anxieties and stresses -- so many people I know are anticipating Christmas with dread rather than joy -- that we need our heads turned toward something great!In my column at The Catholic Answer I put it … [Read more...]

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Hawaiian Folk Music, Crusades and Columns

Last night, my husband got home from an outing and watched The Descendents, starring George Clooney. Not really a Clooney fan, but he was very good, and the movie was engrossing. Hubby and I both wished that some religious perspective might have been introduced, but then that would have made it a completely different movie, so -- it is what it is. The reason I'm mentioning it at all, though is because we both commented, almost at precisely the same moment, that we were really enjoying the … [Read more...]

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Hilarion Alfeyev on Music and Unity

It's no secret I am an unabashed fan of Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev and of his writings and his music, which I've linked to several times over the years.Joseph Susanka -- who is a pretty busy guy, what with six kids, a job and his weekly column here at Patheos -- managed to snag an interview with the bishop, and treats us to a fascinating exchange on music, liturgy and Christian Unity. Here is a little bit:. . .today a different problem is acquiring primary importance – the problem o … [Read more...]

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Eve in Mary Reconciled as are we All – UPDATED

Eve and Mary by Sr. Grace Remington, O.C.S.OA couple of years ago I wrote about This beautiful illustration and the poem "O Eve":A Trappistine nun, [the late Abbess] Columba Guare of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, who composed the texts for the Abbey’s Christmas cards, wrote this lovely poem, wherein the Virgin Mary addresses Eve with hope and gladness:O Eve! My mother, my daughter, life-giving Eve, Do not be ashamed, do not grieve. The former things have p … [Read more...]

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Smokin' Hot Brandon MacFarlane

When Michael Jackson was about 11 years old, he recorded a staggeringly mature, prodigiously musical vocal of Who's Loving You? and I thought I'd never hear another kid who could open up and sing with that sort of soul-stirring freedom.Then I heard my son Buster blasting this from across the house. I thought he'd been listening to one of his favorite gospel singers, and I assumed this was a much older artist. Wow. Right up there with what Jackson managed -- he is completely at ease, … [Read more...]

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Accept Almighty Father – FOUND!

A couple days ago I awoke with my memory ringing back a hymn from my childhood that I had not heard in likely 42 years, and which I could not find on google.Happily, a twitter-follower, HeyJulieo found the hymn, with the melody I remember, in the 1966 Parish Mass Book - St. Joseph Edition.Can we please have this wonderful, singable, instructive and reverent hymn back? Please? … [Read more...]

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Lunchtime Sanity Break

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Batter My Heart

Batter my heart, three-person'd God ; for you As yet but knock ; breathe, shine, and seek to mend ; That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new. I, like an usurp'd town, to another due, Labour to admit you, but O, to no end. Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend, But is captived, and proves weak or untrue. Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain, But am betroth'd unto your enemy ; Divorce me, untie, or break that knot … [Read more...]

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New "Gloria" for New Roman Missal

Having long begged my musician sons to please try to compose a singable, non-bombast-filled-nor-sickly-sweet-nor-plodding "Gloria" to replace the two (just two) versions all of the local parishes have used for at least three decades, I rejoiced to see a new "Gloria" being made available in accordance with the soon-to-be released revisions to the Roman Missal.I admit, on my first listen of Jeff Ostrowski's treatment, I was not sure I liked it.On re-listening a few times, I have decided that … [Read more...]

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