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February 21, 2019
February 21, 2019
Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657-1726) succeeded Jean-Baptiste Lully at the court of Louis XIV and was in charge of dinner music, where he provided oodles of deliciously entertaining baroque muzak. Good as that music is, if you want to turn it up a notch, go seek out de Lalande’s Grand Motets, where you will notice that
February 21, 2019
In 1970, the British writer Iris Murdoch wrote a novel entitled A Fairly Honourable Defeat. The story had numerous characters, both good and bad, but ultimately took its title from the travails of one character, Tallis Browne, who represents all that is decent, altruistic and moral among the various characters. Despite being betrayed by almost
February 21, 2019
Do you go “shopping” for a church where you find the style of worship suits you, or because you find the priest congenial and the congregation friendly (but not too friendly)? The practice is frowned upon in some Catholic circles, though it’s normal in the Anglican Church with its greater range of worship styles. Many
February 21, 2019
Joseph Smith (1807-1844) was born in Sharon, Vermont; by the time he was 12, his family had joined the migration of New Englanders into upstate New York. Nicknamed the “Burnt-over” district, this area underwent one religious revival after another. It became a breeding ground for groups ranging from Adventism to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but Smith’s
February 21, 2019
Cryptic across 7 Cult member gets two boys to join up (8) 8 Writing’s on the wall for a captain in retreat (4) 9 Little time to get to grips with a piano type of instrument (4) 10 Is Dee inapt for experimentation in movement of water? (4,4) 11 Move away for a while from
February 21, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week III Sunday, February 24: Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Sm 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; Ps 103; 1 Cor 15:45-49; Lk 6:27-38 Monday, February 25: Weekday in Ordinary Time Sir 1:1-10; Ps 93; Mk 9:14-29 Tuesday, February 26: Weekday in Ordinary Time Sir 2:1-11; Ps 37; Mk 9:30-37 Wednesday, February
February 21, 2019
In Dei Verbum, the council fathers pointed out that there are many ways to encounter Scripture, including in the liturgy. As for reading, this needs to be guided by the Holy Spirit. That means reading prayerfully – and also being attentive to the tradition of the Church: bishops, says Dei Verbum, should provide “necessary and
February 21, 2019
As the old adage goes, you don’t fatten a pig by weighing it. Nor do you solve an abuse crisis simply by having summits to discuss it. It is therefore in part understandable if the Pope has sought to play down expectations of what the bishops gathering now in Rome might achieve. However, for someone
February 21, 2019
In the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Sexagesima, Latin for the “Sixtieth” day before Easter. These three purple-draped Sundays of pre-Lent encourage us to prepare for the discipline to come. In the Novus Ordo of Paul VI there is no more pre-Lent, a real loss. The Roman Station is the Major Basilica of
February 21, 2019
Seventh Sunday of the Year 1 Sm 26: 2,7-9,12-13 & 22-33; 1 Cor 15:45-49; Lk 6:27-38 (Year C) ‘The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy. He does not treat us according to our sins nor repay us according to our faults.” The call to forgiveness does not sit easily
February 21, 2019
On the Edge By Diarmuid Ferriter Profile Books, 400pp, £25/$27 When I picked up Diarmuid Ferriter’s history of Ireland’s offshore islands, I wasn’t expecting to come across John Lennon or Theodore Roethke. But here they both are, none the less. Lennon bought Dorinish, an island off the coast of County Mayo, in 1967. He visited it
February 21, 2019
No Longer With Us By Naim Attallah, Quartet, 823pp, £30/$33 It was Diana Mosley, as enchanting in her person as her politics were bewildering, who handed me Naim Attallah’s book of interviews, Singular Encounters, in 1991. Attallah was brilliant as an interviewer, she told me, praising particularly his “encounter” with William Rees-Mogg. Many of the