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 […]

Christ is King of All . . . Even The Holidays

So Paul, standing in the middle of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.  For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, “To an unknown god.”  What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to […]

For Such A Time As This: Powers, Principalities & The Culture Wars

The Culture Wars      I really don’t want to be a culture warrior.  I’m willing to bet that you probably don’t want to be one, either.  It seems, however, that there’s no hiding from the escalating clash of Weltanschauungen that’s invading every corner of our culture. Formerly neutral spaces, from bakeries to professional sports, have become battle fields. […]

Keep the “Hallowed” in Halloween

We have forgotten Christ’s Victory, and so are left with only Death and Corruption, apparently unchallenged. A society that celebrates death and corruption for its own sake is, I submit, a society in deep, deep trouble.

Why Would You Want Satan As A Mascot?

  In their case the god of this world [the Devil] has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4)      I don’t watch professional sports these days, as their main appeal was always as […]

We Came, We Saw . . .  God Conquered – Jan Sobieski and The Holy Name of Mary

Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)         Many of us are upset, quite rightly, that twenty years after our intervention in Afghanistan,  we seem to have accomplished little aside from the deaths of several thousands of our young men […]

The End Point of Progressive Christianity

Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint,but blessed is he who keeps the law.   (Proverbs 29:18)        We’re not cats, bats, or moray eels, as I pointed out in a recent post.  “We humans are different.  We are, again, unique among the world’s creatures.  We’re not governed by instinct, we alone can make free choices about how […]

Spiritual Warfare, the Chain of Command, and St. Equitius

  “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” -attributed to Leon Trotsky      There’s a battle raging, and we’re all part of it, like it or not.  The growing intensity of the Culture War that’s engulfing our society is just a surface manifestation of the real war that’s been underway since Satan […]

We’re All Soldiers in the Cosmic War (St. Ignatius Loyola)

 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)        Am I going out on a limb to […]

Death and Human Dignity

    Suicide is a key image for our culture today.  Our society is always looking for new ways to destroy itself. We seem intent on destroying our connections to our forebears, destroying their reputations and even tearing down their statues.  We reject the classic achievements in music, art, and architecture that they have handed on to us. We […]