October 9, 2018

The joy expressed in Gregorian chant is contained and austere, a joy with gravitas. It has nothing to do with the superficial, silly joy which we encounter in so many modern Church songs. Read more

October 6, 2018

Forgive me an outburst, but I understand why people no longer go to Mass, and I also have the remedy. Move the homily at the end of the Mass! Read more

October 5, 2018

Ephrem the Syrian (306-373) was an important writer, hymnographer and theologian in the IV century.  We know very little about his early years and the information we have are somehow in contradiction. We know that the Bishop of Nisibis (where Ephrem was born and that was then in Syria, today in Turkey), Jacob (or James), brought him to participate at the Council of Nicaea in 325. Then, after being in charge of a theological school in Nisibis he will retire… Read more

March 7, 2018

There is no doubt that there is something wrong with education in the way we use this term today. First of all, “education” is used as synonym of “schooling” but, as a matter of fact, they are not the same thing. Read more

March 5, 2018

“When a country receives in massive proportions people that bring with them a culture and a religion that is radically different, the local cultural identity is automatically at stake”. Read more

March 2, 2018

Let us not forget that the essential nature of music (and of worship music) is improvisational and oral. But indeed there is a sense of the written music coming from the score that cannot be not considered. Read more

February 27, 2018

There were many talks about the usefulness of Latin language in the catholic liturgy in recent years. I don’t think being a fanatic of Latin has any use, but disregard this glorious language can be certainly dangerous. I have five reasons to affirm this. Here they are: Latin is universal, not particular. Latin unites and not divides. When I meet a Chinese or Indian that is my brother in the same faith, we can pray together singing in a language… Read more

February 25, 2018

There is a current misunderstanding amongst some Catholics in that those attending the Extraordinary Form (EF) of the Roman Rite are against those attending the Ordinary Form (OF) of the same Rite. Now, on a superficial level and reading here and there it may appear so but the reality is profoundly different.  There is a little group that indeed is against the OF per se. But it is a “little group” and not influential. What my experience has shown is… Read more

February 22, 2018

Following the confidences of the Jesuit Father Silvano Fausti, who passed away not long ago, we must agree that the conclave which elected Benedict XVI was the result of a compromise between the conservative wing, represented by Cardinal Ratzinger, and the progressive wing, represented by Cardinal Martini . Now, what was the purpose of this compromise? Was to avoid the rise to the papacy of a cardinal of the curia that was unwelcomed by both parties. Father Fausti was confessor… Read more

February 21, 2018

“Dear Sister, I don’t even know if you are still alive or not. You may not remember me, I was that altar boy that you have trained, 30 years ago”. This is how I would start a letter for the Sister that thought me to pray in Latin. She was quite aged already at the time and I was so young and full energy. I served as altar boy in my Parish and she was in charge of our formation…. Read more

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