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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Holes

I haven't written a new blog for some time.
For awhile I was full of ideas and turning them out at a regular pace.
But I've seem to have lost the writing urge for the time being.
That may change soon, but for now I am falling back on my first love...music.
I have been singing and writing songs for as long as I can remember.
I would like to present to you a song I wrote and recorded not so long ago.
It's a Christian song called "Holes".
I don't think my songs should ever be played in a church service.
They are for casual listening while driving, or working or playing.
I like more traditional music for Church.
But that being said here is a video I made for my song.



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

This Certifies I'm A Catholic In Good Standing.



My memory of this document does not line up with what it actually says.
I knew I had saved it in a box somewhere, but my recollection of it, had it boldly proclaiming in the title line, "Certification of A Catholic In Good Standing".
I was a little disappointed when I found it and read what it actually said.
But even though it isn't a document declaring my good catholicity I am still fond of it.
I received this when I was to be godfather for my nephew back in 1986.
At the time I hadn't been a practicing Catholic for 15 years.
But that does not mean I wasn't interested in the things of God. On the contrary, I was attending a Charismatic-Full Gospel-Pentecostal-Non-denominational-tongue talking-Spirit filled Church.
(Saying you're a Roman Catholic is so much easier.)
I read my Bible daily. (Still do.) I sang and played in the worship team. (That's the musicians.)
Helped out in the childrens nursery. Even went to Wednesday night services and other activities.
So when I walked into the rectory to get the required certificate for my brother and sister in laws parish priest, the good Father at St. Lukes Parish had no idea who I was.
He looked up the records and saw that I had received confirmation there, but outside of that, I was a stranger to him.
I told him I was interested in the Christian life but I didn't give him much in the way of details.
He kindly told me that I needed to make an effort to attend Mass and confession. I don't remember all that he said but I do know that in the end he reluctantly gave me the required document.
My nephew grew up to be a highly respected musician in a large Catholic diocese.
I would like to take some credit in that turn of events. But truthfully he did all that without any input from me.
But I never ceased to be drawn to the Catholic Church. The traditions I had learned as a boy pre and post Vatican II still stayed in my memory.
When the Catechism Of the Catholic Church became available in paperback in the 90s', I got myself a copy.
I also began to listen to the Catholic apologists on the radio. The combination of the two gave me the catechesis  I didn't receive or was to young to understand as a child.
I went to one of my favorite churches one day and attended mass. How I loved it. It made me crazy not to go to communion.
Since this particular church is located in the heart of the city, it offers daily confession before the noon mass.
I brushed up on my act of contrition and went to confession. I felt great. Mass and communion were wonderful.
I was back.
I still imagine this certificate says "Certification Of A Catholic In Good Standing".
So perhaps this document was prophetic.



Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Feast Of Stephen

On the Second Day of Christmas, the church celebrates the Feast of Stephen. Remember the first line from the carol "Good King Wenceslas": "Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen"?

St. Stephen is remembered as the first of the church's martyrs. The readings remind us that God's people have a history littered with the corpses of prophets and godly ambassadors whose words they failed to hear. Stephen's dying words echo those of our Savior, whose birth we have begun to celebrate again.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Hear Pope John Paul II sing (autotuned) "Perhaps I Love You More".

It's amazing what you can find on the internet.
I remember seeing this last year but stumbled upon it again.
I'm not a fan of auto tuned songs, but I like hearing Pope John Paul II again.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Stanley The Slushpile

I have written previously about the lack of genuine Christmas carols during the Christmas season.
And now here I am contributing to the very situation I was complaining about.
Well, I have a couple of points in my defense.
1. I don’t consider this a Christmas song. I consider it a winter song.
2. I can’t help it. I like to have fun too.

So here is a song I have written and recorded about a winter character who hasn't received the same attention as Frosty, Susie Snowflake and Jack Frost.
Although you have probably seen him every winter.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Watch Bishop Fulton Sheen As A Guest On "What's My Line?"

The cause for the canonization of Archbishop Fulton J Sheen goes forward.
You can read about that at: http://www.archbishopsheencause.org/ .
But back in the 50s' he was a television star. He had a talent for communicating the gospel and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church in a way that was understandable and entertaining to millions of television viewers.
He was so popular that he was even invited to be the "mystery guest" on and episode of the TV program "What's My Line?"
If he is ever officially declared a saint, he will probably be the only one who had a highly rated television show.
Most likely he will be the only saint to guest on "What's My Line?"
Watch his appearance on the program below.


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