Banal Hymns at Mass

2012-07-05T16:57:04-04:00July 5th, 2012|Categories: Catholic Culture|Tags: , , |

Anthony Esolen has a good moan here about some of the hymns he has to endure at Mass. Anthony is an English professor and noted translator of Dante. So he knows something about poetry. Why oh why are such awful hymns allowed in the Catholic Church? I've mused on the bad music myself in this post, [...]

The “Real Presence”–A Flexible Friend

2012-06-11T06:10:43-04:00June 11th, 2012|Categories: Apologetics|Tags: , , , , |

Yesterday at Mass for Corpus Christi I spoke about the real presence of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It reminded me that many Catholics use an abbreviated form of this theological mouthful and refer to "the Real Presence". The problem with this is that "the Real Presence" [...]

I’ll Fly Away Oh Glory!

2012-05-19T20:15:37-04:00May 19th, 2012|Categories: Theology|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Those who like fairy tales should love the story of the Ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. Like Dorothy, who is swept up by a cyclone to Oz, Jesus floats up and disappears up into what must be a Technicolor heaven. Fantasy tales are full of this sort of thing. Peter Pan flies away to Neverland; [...]

Do Catholics Pray to Mary?

2012-05-02T07:06:14-04:00May 2nd, 2012|Categories: Saints and Supernatural, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Do Catholics pray to Mary? It sure looks that way! But there is more to it than that. An increasing number of Protestants are ready to be more open minded about this controversial topic. "I'm ready to honor Mary more than we usually do" said a Protestant friend, "but I'm not going to pray to her." [...]

Mantilla the Hon on Modern Churches

2012-04-30T19:53:36-04:00April 30th, 2012|Categories: Mantilla the Hon|Tags: , , |

Guest blogger Mantilla Amontillado is the founder of Veritas Vestments. She holds a degree in Ecclesiastical Haberdashery from Salamanca University. She has done the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella three times on horseback and is engaged to the famous matador, Senor Augusto Torquemada. Listen to me for a minute hon. I am coming back from United [...]

Why is “Christian” Music so Awful?

2012-04-18T14:55:45-04:00April 18th, 2012|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , , |

A friend of mine used to quip, "When you're talking about Christian music it's pretty safe to substitute 'bad' for 'Christian'. Who hasn't had to endure a Christian rock band or sit through a worship with some aging trendy strumming a guitar and inflicting folk music or light rock on everyone? Why is it that so [...]


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