Monthly Archives: November 2013

Like Angels

Today’s gospel passage from Luke is one of the few times when we are given a glimpse into what it will be like for those in Heaven.  Jesus tells us: “They can no longer die, for they are like angels; … Continue reading

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Saint Cecilia

Consistent with the musical theme of my posts of yesterday, today we celebrate the feast of Saint Cecilia, patron saint of musicians.  Here’s the story: Cecilia was a cultivated young patrician woman whose ancestors loomed large in Rome’s history. She vowed … Continue reading

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Ian Gillan

Ok, I know that this isn’t a music appreciation blog, but my last post reminds me that Ian Gillan (lead singer of Deep Purple) was BY FAR the best “Jesus” in the history of performances of Jesus Christ Superstar, as … Continue reading

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Poor Jerusalem

A musical interpretation of today’s  gospel from the greatest “rock opera” of all time: Just before the cleansing of the temple, Jesus laments over the great city of Jerusalem, which he knows will reject him, and foretells of the utter … Continue reading

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Hail, Full of Grace

I recently had a discussion with an evangelical friend (a devoted follower of Jesus) about the biblical validity of the Hail Mary prayer.  It came up because my friend has a relative (a Catholic) who is not in good health, and … Continue reading

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Sacrifice, Anyone?

In the first reading today from 2 Maccabees, Eleazar is faced with a most difficult choice. Should he eat the pork which is being force fed to him in opposition to his religious beliefs, or should he refuse and submit … Continue reading

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Deuterocanonical Musings

Last week, we read extensively from the Book of Wisdom.  This week we are reading from Maccabees.  These two Old Testament books, and five others (Tobit, Judith, Sirach, Baruch,  and Esther) appear in Catholic bibles, but are not found in … Continue reading

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