Monthly Archives: February 2014

Stories I’ve Found, 2/28/2014

Interesting Stories I’ve Found: Is the “sincerely held religious belief” exemption a dangerous legal precent?  This author says yes.  I’m glad Arizona’s governor vetoed the law, and disappointed the Missouri state legislature is going to waste time on it. Pope Francis has sharp words for arms dealers and others who profit from war.  We have […]

Making Music like Bud

A couple of months ago, a musician friend of mine posted some advice from the legendary first trumpet players of the Chicago Symphony, Bud Herseth. I copied it for myself and offer excerpts of it to you, because I think these sayings have application outside music: -I do believe in warming up, and as I […]

Homily: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the day They were a despised group in society, thought stupid for their beliefs and corrosive to the state. Their attitudes toward common morality were hostile, and some of them flagrantly defied authority. They were also a secretive group: there were lots of rumors going around about what their believed and what they […]

Stories I’ve Found, 2/21/2014

Interesting Stories I’ve Found: A song for peace: the story of the Jerusalem YMCA choir, where young Palestinians and Israelis come together to make music.  What an inspiration! Would that more such choirs existed around the world. The Japanese Catholic Bishops have made a public report in response to the Vatican survey on family matters.  […]

Inner Freedom

A while back I saw a quote from Cardinal George about the Papal Election last year. He said the reason they chose the man from Buenos Aires is that he was the man in the room who had the greatest inner freedom. There’s a lot of stuff out there about what inner freedom is and […]

Homily: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the day One of the greatest directors in film history was Alfred Hitchcock. His dry wit made him as special as his quirky imagination and love of the unexpected. His comebacks were priceless at times; his advice on making movies was: “Give them pleasure—the same pleasure they have when they wake up from […]

Stories I’ve Found, 2/14/2014

Interesting Stories I’ve Found: We Bind Ourselves to the One Who, in the Binding, Sets Us Free.  Melissa Musick Nausbaum tells the story of a conversion to Judaism which has resonance for the full commitment to religious life. The title sounds like a paradox, but it’s the only reason to make the commitment. Vatican’s Doctrinal […]