The Drama of Sin and Repentance (or not) From Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Music Monday)

Hell is a real possibility for all of us.  It’s not a happy thought, but it’s an appropriate introduction to today’s Music Monday selection, our last musical offering before Ash Wednesday.  It’s not really sacred music, but it is very relevant indeed to the Lenten themes of sin, repentance (or not), and damnation.  This is the finale* of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni (a.k.a. Don Juan), one of the most powerful scenes in the history of musical drama.

Feast Your Ears and Rest Your Eyes: Sacred Music and Catholic Culture Podcasts

Sacred Music

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. (1 Corinthians: 4-6)      St. Paul, in the well-known passage above, reminds the Corinthians that the Lord […]

The Last Chance Before Lent: Haydn’s Te Deum

     Lent is approaching fast: Ash Wednesday is just over a week away.  This is one of our last chances to get in a joyful sacred composition by our old friend Joseph Haydn before the penitential season begins.      Today’s selection is a setting for the ancient prayer Te Deum (see my discussion of the prayer itself below […]

Catholics, This Is Your Language

Latin is still the official language of the Mass. If you’re lucky you may hear some of the traditional language, your language, in church. 

Our Eternal Destiny: Armed Robbery, or A Warm Place By The Fire?

Litlle Caesar 1931

“It’s like comparing cats and dogs.”  Ever heard that expression before? Ever used it?  I did, several years ago.  I was teaching a 9th grade theology class in a (more or less) Catholic school, and same sex marriage (a hot topic at the time) came up for discussion.  I wanted to emphasize that the marital relationship between a man […]

Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

  There’s an old joke about a police officer who was walking his beat one night when he came upon a man, apparently drunk, crawling around on his hands and knees on the pavement under a streetlamp.      “What are you doing?” asked the officer.      “Looking for my keys,” came the reply.      “Where’d you lose them?” […]