Chatter in the Vestibule

My love/hate relationship with relics by Bonnie Rodgers

My love/hate relationship with relics by Bonnie Rodgers

I admit it, I have an actual love/hate relationship with relics. We Catholics are body people: by virtue of the incarnation and the consecration of the bread and wine, by the priest through the Holy Spirit, we respond "Amen" (I believe) to " Body of Christ". Our sacraments and rituals involve tactile and sensory action. Body stuff . It's what we Catholics do. Seriously. Jesus spit into dirt and made a paste to smear on a blind man. The dignity of the human body is essential , Our spiritual works of mercy have a complimentary corporal work of mercy, It's no small wonder then, that from...

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Lent by Christine Westhoff

Lent by Christine Westhoff

As a musician Lent and Holy Week are among my favorite times. The Church teaches us that Lent is a period of self-denial and penitence. We don’t sing Alleluia and the Gloria is omitted. As a singer, however, Lent is a time when there is an abundance of wonderful music which I look forward to with great anticipation. Composers have always expressed deep emotion through their music. Every period of music history has produced music of love and grief in the secular world. Renaissance madrigals, Romantic lieder and opera all rely on these themes. Sacred music is the same in...

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King Cake & Mardi Gras in New Orleans by Jeff Young

King Cake & Mardi Gras in New Orleans by Jeff Young

We are rapidly nearing the finale of Carnival season down here in New Orleans, and this weekend the festivities will be in high gear as we approach Mardi Gras on March 5th.  You may have never been to Mardi Gras. You may not even have pleasant thoughts when you think of Mardi Gras… Maybe the only thing you know about Mardi Gras is what you have seen on MTV and the news channels. For those folks, bad news is good news, so they like to portray the seedier side of things. But that’s not what Mardi Gras is all about....

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Coming Soon

Coming Soon

We are excitedly creating a new blog covering a wide range of Catholic topics from a wide range of Catholic guest bloggers. Check it out this March! Happy feast day, John

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