Aunt Carol: A Reflection on Mary, Death, & a Story I have never told about my Vocation.

A Visit: Today, I drove my Grandma and my Mom up to Aurora, Illinois so that my Grandmother could visit her sister one last time. Aunt Carol has been struggling with several different illnesses lately, but as her breathing has gotten harder and harder, the doctors and she, think that her remaining time here isContinue reading “Aunt Carol: A Reflection on Mary, Death, & a Story I have never told about my Vocation.”

Beauty Will Save The World

“The Christian religion is all about a beauty that ‘saves’ us. For beauty is that quality in a thing which attracts us towards itself, that calls to us. It calls us out of ourselves, towards something other. The aesthetic experience is thus one of self-transcendence. If ugliness is imprisonment, beauty is a kind of liberation.”Continue reading “Beauty Will Save The World”

Let Us Together, Attempt To Transcend the Ordinary in Our Liturgies, So That The Poem May Come Alive!

“In courtship rituals, a gentleman might give flowers to his beloved as a token of his love; in church, Catholics genuflect or bow before the tabernacle as a sign of their faith. These gestures are completely unnecesary (some would call them artificial) but, like poetry, they are attempts to transcend the ordinary. The male suitorContinue reading “Let Us Together, Attempt To Transcend the Ordinary in Our Liturgies, So That The Poem May Come Alive!”

“That All Might Sing” – My Paper on Pope St. Pius X’ paper on Church Music and the Chant Method of Justine Ward

For the Feast of Pope St. Pius X: Originally written for Dr. Katharine Harmon’s History of the Catholic Church in America Class on 11-21-14. I enjoyed writing this piece on how Pope St. Pius X’ document Tra Le Sollecitudini was interpreted and engaged here in America, specifically by Justine Ward, who founded an amazing way of teachingContinue reading ““That All Might Sing” – My Paper on Pope St. Pius X’ paper on Church Music and the Chant Method of Justine Ward”

Masquerade (The Masks We Wear)- Reflections from Candletime and Phantom of the Opera

As most of my friends know, my favorite musical is Phantom of the Opera. In it, we find a masquerade ball that is held in the Opera Populaire to celebrate the first year of success by its’ new owners, Monsieurs Firmin and André. All of the cast, workers and patrons come and perform a danceContinue reading “Masquerade (The Masks We Wear)- Reflections from Candletime and Phantom of the Opera”

Consecrated and Set Apart – Recognizing our own Consecrated lives through the Consecration of the new Altar at Gasper River

This past week we had the dedication of the new Altar at Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp & Retreat Center in Bowling Green, KY. Gasper has been my “home” and summer job for the past two years. (This final round is #3) It was a great joy and blessing to be able to emcee theContinue reading “Consecrated and Set Apart – Recognizing our own Consecrated lives through the Consecration of the new Altar at Gasper River”

Beauty from the Fathers :: What is Beauty of Body? How Can We Tell if Someone is Beautiful?

“Attend, and let us learn what corporeal, and what spiritual beauty are. There is soul and body: they are two substances: there is a beauty of body, and there is a beauty of soul. What is beauty of body? An extended eyebrow, a merry glance, a blushing cheek, ruddy lips, a straight neck, long wavyContinue reading “Beauty from the Fathers :: What is Beauty of Body? How Can We Tell if Someone is Beautiful?”

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away: Finding beauty through change

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!” Job 1:21 The above quote from Job is probably one of my favorites! The full quote includes the first part of verse 21: “Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb and naked I shall go back” These words haveContinue reading “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away: Finding beauty through change”

Walking the Way of Beauty: Speak lord, your servant listens

Walking the Way of Beauty: a reflection on this Sunday’s first reading, one of Pope Benedict XVI’s general audiences, as well as a new design and name for my blog,

2014: Gossip, Anger, Forgiveness, Joy, and Blessings

2014 has been a great year for sure! A year with gossip, anger, forgiveness, joy, and many blessings. Let’s make the next one even better!