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What is Sacred Music? The History Is More Complex Than You Might Think

June 19, 2017 4 Comments
What is Sacred Music? The History Is More Complex Than You Might Think

Note to readers: The following article is long (3500 words). This is because I have been adding to it over the years as my research has continued. I am by avocation a church musician. Before my ordination, I was a Choir director and an organist. Like most of you, I have my preferences in the […]

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Faithful Fathers

June 18, 2017 0 Comments
Faithful Fathers

Sunday’s Feast of Corpus Christi brought the first Masses of the new priests ordained here in Washington. It was also Father’s Day. The readings for Corpus Christi suggest a kind of threefold office for the priest (related to teaching, governing, and sanctifying). I thought it might be good to present some of the notes from […]

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Are You a Mouse or A Man? A Homily for The Feast of Corpus Christi

June 17, 2017 6 Comments
Are You a Mouse or A Man? A Homily for The Feast of Corpus Christi

In many places this Sunday, the (moved) Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Our Lord is celebrated. While you may puzzle over my title for today’s blog, allow me to delay the explanation to a bit later. On a solemn feast like this, many things might be preached and taught. Let’s […]

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Our Interconnectedness as seen in a Commercial

June 16, 2017 0 Comments
Our Interconnectedness as seen in a Commercial

The commercial below reminds us that the products we use don’t just come out of nowhere. Good goes around and around. The Cheerios in the cereal box started out as seeds in the ground, but the commercial stops well short of showing everyone we should thank for the final product. • Before sowing the seed, […]

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Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together

June 15, 2017 8 Comments
Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together

There is an important interplay and balance between the virtues that many modern minds set in opposition to one another. False dichotomies often prevail when the subtlety of virtues are lost or their meanings are grasped in simplistic or inaccurate ways. Consider three virtues that are related and which enable and moderate one other: fortitude, […]

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Reminders on the Road to Victory – A Witness to the Truth of a Teaching from St. Catherine

June 14, 2017 5 Comments
Reminders on the Road to Victory – A Witness to the Truth of a Teaching from St. Catherine

One of the great battles in the spiritual life is mastering our emotions, by God’s grace. Our emotions are not evil, but they are unruly and easily manipulated by the world and the devil. Our own flesh (fallen nature) also contributes to the difficulty of self-mastery. Yet as I have often testified, if we are […]

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Some Basics on the Beatitudes

June 13, 2017 3 Comments
Some Basics on the Beatitudes

We began reading the Sermon on the Mount during daily Mass this week. One of the flawed ways of reading it is to see the Lord’s teaching merely as a list of moral demands that we must fulfill out of our own flesh or human ability. To do so is to miss the point. The […]

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Living Life at the Angle of 45 Degrees

June 12, 2017 3 Comments
Living Life at the Angle of 45 Degrees

At an angle of 45°, we look both up and out, and this is a good paradigm for life. At 45° degrees, we can view both up: seeing and loving God, and out: seeing and loving our neighbor. At 90° (i.e., straight up or straight out) our field of vision misses either God or the […]

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