Thoughts on the Role of the Laity on this Feast of St. Joan of Arc UPDATED

And so we leave Eastertide behind.  Before we move on into “Ordinary Time”, recall the events of Holy Week with me. During that week, way back in the year 33 AD, the forces of human justice, lobbied aggressively by the interested parties of the Pharisees and Sadducees, convinced the Roman procurator, Pontius Pilate, to sentence Jesus to death on a cross. And though the whole mess was a tragic setup, it was all done officially and legally.

I can think of many things today that are both official and legal and still very tragic. Here’s an example. A friend of mine who is serving in the Army in Afghanistan sent me this message recently: [Read more...]

Donna Summer, Requiescat In Pace

Well, I am sad to hear that Donna Summer has left us. But something makes me think I’ll see her again. And like one of my friends said on Facebook, I hope St. Peter installs a nice disco ball for her to sing under. Then again, he may not have to, as you’ll see and hear below. [Read more...]

Music for Mondays, the Speed Edition

A Porsche eating Ford fumes at Le Mans, FTW.

Every time you go racing, you put your reputation on the line. —Carroll Shelby

I’m still grieving the loss of Carroll Shelby. What I’ve decided to do with this little music post, is celebrate ‘ol Shel’s life a little bit with music. Some of the music you may not be very familiar with, while others will be songs that you consider old friends. You know, Maurice Sendak died and the whole world seemingly stopped with all manner of thoughtful reflections on Where the Wild Things Are. Carroll Shelby had a bigger impact on your life than you may know or realize, but only the gearheads sung his praises. So this post is sort of an homage to him and What the Wild Things Drive. And endurance racing experience is why your cars’ engine can last, with proper care and maintenance, for over 200,000 + miles. [Read more...]

Jazz for Jesus: Selections from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts

I’m not the first to bring folks attention to the small “c” catholicity of Jazz. Hopefully, I won’t be the last. There may even be a big “C” version of it, which I will spotlight in future Music for Mondays posts over the next few weeks.

For this weeks MfM post though, I want to give you a taste of what Duke Ellington proclaimed to be “the most important thing I’ve done.” He composed and arranged three volumes of what he called “sacred concert music” and he performed, recorded, and released them as albums in 1965, 1968, and 1973. I reckon the Lord called him to share His story thorough the Duke’s musical talents before calling him home in 1974. [Read more...]

Because Jesus Haunts Us In Song (Music for Mondays)

Last year around this time for Eastertide, I started exploring Jesus in terms of popular culture through music. There were classical posts, and posts on polyphony, naturally. But there were also posts built around songs about the Lord through pop-rock songs, rhythm & blues, and country tunes as well.

Maybe it is an American phenomenon (though I hope not), but Jesus Christ haunts us. It’s like today he still asks of us, “who do the people say I am?” And then he still asks us individually, “and who do you say I am?” [Read more...]

Interested in Posts on Catholicism in China?

I’ve got those right here in the China tag. And I am truthfully being a man of little ado when I say that they are some of my favorite.posts.ever. [Read more...]

Dr. Estrangedlove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Church UPDATED

 

The word is that the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) may be coming back home to Rome after a long journey through the wilderness. If true, I think that it’s great news. [Read more...]

On Divine Mercy Sunday, Shakespeare and a Song


A truth about us as human beings is that we desire justice and not mercy. Yet we have been taught that God desires mercy. He said so himself. And today, Divine Mercy Sunday, we are reminded that Our Lord’s mercy is larger than not only all of our sins, but of all of the sins of the entire world. Past, present, and future. [Read more...]

Phil Collins Shares My Thoughts On Google+

FYI…I won’t be taking the time to post on Google+ any longer. Today’s change of format there prompted me, but it’s been simmering in my mind for a while. It’s like this, in a toe-tapping nutshell,

Because the lights may be on over at Google+, but nobody is at home.  There are plenty of crickets chirping over there, though. Google+  is like the neutron bomb of social media.  There, I said it.

Au revoir, l’enfant terrible!

Without Neil Young, Musical Jeremiads Like This…

wouldn’t have been made. Neil doesn’t use Jim Marshall’s amplifiers. They didn’t give him the same sound, the same gravitas, to move folks to acknowledge the truth that he sings about here. [Read more...]


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