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Some Things You May Not Know About Vivaldi

May 3, 2016 0 Comments
Some Things You May Not Know About Vivaldi

One of my favorite composers is Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). While I love his secular pieces (such as The Four Seasons), I am especially fond of his Church music. It is so light, bright, and tuneful! Vivaldi loved to go up and down the musical scale, varying the theme a half step at a time. Ah, […]

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Pulling up Roots from Reality – A Review of a Cogent Analysis of the Post-Cartesian West

May 2, 2016 14 Comments
Pulling up Roots from Reality – A Review of a Cogent Analysis of the Post-Cartesian West

Over the years I have attempted to trace the philosophical disaster of our modern world. Certainly the fundamental roots can be traced back to the breakdown of the medieval synthesis, the rise of nominalism, and the doubts of Descartes. These introduced a disconnect from reality. Descartes introduced a radical doubt in anything seen or experienced, […]

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On the Need to Be More Urgent in Preparing for Final Judgment

May 1, 2016 7 Comments
On the Need to Be More Urgent in Preparing for Final Judgment

At every funeral I celebrate, I spend a good portion of the sermon urging everyone, including myself, to be more intent on preparing for death and judgement. I remind the assembled of Jesus’ numerous parables on this theme. I remind them that no one loves them more than does Jesus, and yet no one issued […]

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Four Gifts of Grace – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

April 30, 2016 0 Comments
Four Gifts of Grace – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

The Gospel for today has a number of “sayings” of the Lord Jesus, which all amount to a kind of litany of love. It is a setting forth of the gifts that He, by His grace, is accomplishing and will accomplish in us. Let’s get right to work and consider the wonderful gifts of grace. […]

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Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon

April 29, 2016 2 Comments
Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon

The animated short video below is a humorous reminder that when technology changes so rapidly, some of us can easily get left behind. In it, there is also something of an admonition to the Church, that we not act too much like the man in the video. 1. It would seem that the old man […]

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Chipping Away Everything That Is Not of God or of You – A Meditation on God as Sculptor

April 28, 2016 2 Comments
Chipping Away Everything That Is Not of God or of You – A Meditation on God as Sculptor

Michelangelo was asked how he could make a beautiful sculpture like his “Moses” out of a block of marble. His famous response was that he simply chipped away everything that wasn’t “Moses.” This is a paradigm for us in two senses. First, the Lord must chip away everything within us that is not Jesus. Yes, […]

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The Secret of Modesty

April 27, 2016 14 Comments
The Secret of Modesty

The following post contains some adult content. There is nothing inappropriate, but it does speak frankly to an aspect of sexual desire. Exercise caution if reading it to younger children. There is a secret, once known and widely shared among women, that the best way to get and hold a man’s attention is through modesty. […]

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A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

April 26, 2016 2 Comments
A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

The second reading from last Sunday’s Mass (5th Sunday of Easter) is very Catholic, and too informative to merely pass up. It presents the Church as rather highly organized and possessed of some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal form, but they are there. […]

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