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The Clothes Make the Man

2021-01-21T16:29:33+00:00January 21st, 2021|Church & Sacraments, Eucharist, GOODNESS, VIDEO|

A few years ago I had the privilege of standing in the sacristy of a Ukrainian church watching a priest friend of mine prepare for Mass. The wonderful liturgies of the Church’s eastern rites (the Byzantine, Maronite, Ukrainian and others) express a richness and complexity of worship that contrasts with the simplicity of the [...]

The Last Poem of a Dying Clergyman

2020-11-28T05:06:24+00:00November 11th, 2020|BEAUTY, Literature, VIDEO|

Sometimes people have a certain intuition, a premonition, of their own imminent deaths. This may take the form of a vague sense of the approaching end, or a specific sign, but some seem to know it in a way that transcends natural knowledge. It is a distinct type of spiritual knowledge beckoning one’s attention [...]

Top Secret Drum Corps: Swiss Precision at its Finest

2020-11-26T00:51:11+00:00May 25th, 2020|BEAUTY, Inspiration, Music & Performance, VIDEO|

Switzerland is like a hidden jewel in the middle of Europe, a mountainous land with a highly secretive banking system and a tradition of remaining neutral during wars. The Swiss culture has given the world exquisite chocolates, precision watches, cuckoo clocks, the Swiss Army knife, and even the modern marvel of Velcro! What an [...]

The Sweetest Hymn for the Sweetest Gift

2020-11-26T00:51:24+00:00May 16th, 2020|Eucharist, GOODNESS, VIDEO|

If you page through a traditional Catholic hymnbook you will eventually come across the name of Frederick William Faber (1814-1863) in the composer credits at the bottom of a given hymn. That would be Father Frederick Faber, English Catholic priest, convert to Catholicism, and composer of hymns extraordinaires. Fr. Faber made some of the [...]

John Rutter’s Glorious Psalm 23 – Part 1: The Shepherd

2020-11-26T00:52:12+00:00May 15th, 2020|BEAUTY, God & Jesus Christ, Music & Performance, VIDEO|

The Shepherd English composer, choirmaster and conductor, John Rutter, sets the most famous of all psalms (Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd”) to music in an exquisite piece of art that incorporates voice, orchestra and vivid musical imagery. This commentary is the first of two on Rutter's piece. Part 1 focuses on the [...]

John Rutter’s Glorious Psalm 23 – Part 2: The Sheep

2020-11-26T00:52:21+00:00May 15th, 2020|BEAUTY, God & Jesus Christ, Music & Performance, VIDEO|

The Sheep English choirmaster, John Rutter, established the Cambridge Singers in the early 1980s for the purpose of producing musical recordings. They have been amazingly prolific with nearly forty albums in their vast repertoire. In The Lord is My Shepherd we hear a mixed choir of men’s and women’s voices intertwining effortlessly with the [...]

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