Sacred Music

We have an awesome Pope. Pope Benedict XVI wrote a letter to Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Chancellor of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, on the occasion of the institution’s 100th anniversary. In this letter the Pope highlights the importance of

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Victory Over Bureaucracy!

  Hattip to Alpheus at Athens & Jerusalem.  The never ending struggle with bureaucracy is truly a vast global conflict.  A hard won victory in the above video to a citizen.  Unfortunately the struggle normally goes as depicted in the

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Memorial Day 2011

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, let thy protection be upon all those who are in the service of our country; guard them from all harm and danger of body and soul; sustain and comfort those as home, especially in their

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Black Jack Logan and Memorial Day

Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons to personal responsibility. Americans know this from experience — almost every town in this country has its monuments honoring those who sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom, both at

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Kitler Kitties

  Hattip to commenter Stephen E. Dalton who brought my attention to the phenomenon of cats that look like Hitler.  I love this!  Too often Hitler, murderous little jumped up thug, is elevated into being some sort of grand demonic personification

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Donald R. McClarey

Joyce Kilmer’s Memorial Day

“Dulce et decorum est” The bugle echoes shrill and sweet, But not of war it sings to-day. The road is rhythmic with the feet Of men-at-arms who come to pray. The roses blossom white and red On tombs where weary

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Battle Hymn of the Republic

Something for the weekend.  Only the Battle Hymn of the Republic seems appropriate to me for this weekend. A testament to the odd things one can find on the net is this tribute by Orson Welles to the Battle Hymn

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Reagan: The Speech

I became a conservative by watching this speech on television in 1964 at the age of seven.  What he said in that speech still defines American conservatism for me, and, I think, the vast majority of conservatives in this country.  As

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Meatless Fridays

An article in the Wall Street Journal by Francis Rocca today discusses the potential return of meatless Fridays in Great Britain. Every year during the 40 days of Lent, millions of Catholics honor Jesus’s crucifixion by foregoing meat in their

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Reagan’s Normandy Speech

The first law firm I worked for in 1982 after I graduated from law school had three attorneys.  The senior partner had a son who fell at Omaha Beach.  Another partner was an officer in the Eighth Air Force helping to

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Top Ten Films For Memorial Day Weekend

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”               Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Infantry Division at Kohima. The upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is

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Anderson on Shea on Carter

My good friend Jay Anderson at Pro Ecclesia often delivers some of the most insightful commentary on Saint Blog’s.  Here is commentary that he did today fisking Mark Shea’s observations of  Joe Carter’ post  at First Things, where Carter took a look

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Goodbye Oprah

I have to admit that were it not for the Conan O’Brien Show, I would not have realized until now that this was the final week of the Oprah Winfrey Show.  Today National Review Online ran a symposium about her. 

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Saint Thomas Becket and Three Plays

  Destiny waits in the hand of God, not in the hands of statesmen. TS Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral The investiture scene from the movie Becket (1964).  The story of the great Archbishop of Canterbury Saint Thomas Becket, who,

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John Trumbull: Painting the Revolution

In an age before photography, America was fortunate to have a painter of the skill of John Trumbull to give us a visual narrative of those stirring days and portraits of so many of the participants.  A veteran of the

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What is Harvey Milk Day?

Save California has released an informational video explaining all of the details conveniently left out by the Kulturkampf Jihadists otherwise known as Liberals/Progressives and ACLU in celebrating high-risk sex by exposing it to innocent five year old children in California’s

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The Rapture Trap

Well it’s Monday and it looks like we’re all still here.  The predicted Rapture event failed to occur, and now Harold Camping is scrambling to come up with an excuse.  While it’s tempting to revel in this man’s exposure as

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Bibi & Barry

One fought for the survival of a young Jewish state. The other smoked and lounged around bragging about his latte prowess. Who would you think has the better character and judgement skills needed in today’s dangerous world.

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Waterboarding is for pansies.

‘You asked me once,’ said O’Brien, ‘what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.’ The door opened

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Trouble in Tubbyland

Hattip to Hank at Eclectic Meanderings. One of the more obscure Victorian military campaigns, the British conquest of Tubbyland was notable for a fair amount of ineptitude among the British commanders, redeemed by the usual courage shown by the “Tommy

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Canterbury Dreamin’

Something for the weekend.  The Canterbury Tales by the ever talented folks at History for Music Lovers to the tune of California Dreamin’ by the Mamas and the Papas.

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FRIDAY EXTRA EDITION

A round-up of some of the best punditry in the Catholic Blogosphere, courtesy of ThePulp.it: Camosy on Peter Singer & Christian Ethics – Rob Vischer, Mirror of Justice To Introduce Blaise Pascal to Stephen Hawking? – Frank Weathers, YIMCatholic Young

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Like a Thief in the Night

  A crazed group is seeking cheap publicity by claiming that the world will end tomorrow.  (No, I will not link to them or mention their name.)  The end will come around 6:00 PM according to these loons which I

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Child Politicians: the Horror, the Horror!

From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.  That was creepy.  Thank goodness that was Africa and we have nothing like that in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

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Gingrich and the Fine Art of Political Suicide

Newt Gingrich is the fastest GOP presidential candidate political suicide since Mitt Romney’s old man George Romney cratered in the Republican Presidential primaries in 1968 after claiming that he had been “brainwashed” into supporting the  Vietnam War.  Gingrich has received near universal conservative condemnation

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WEDNESDAY EXTRA EDITION

A round-up of some of the best punditry in the Catholic Blogosphere, courtesy of ThePulp.it: “Why Is Mugabe Visiting the Vatican?” – James Kirchick, New Republic . . .Mark Stricherz of Catholic Vote wrote about this here. . . God

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Dumb Idea of the Day Courtesy of Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein, the founder of journolist, proves yet again why whatever the Washington Post is paying him is much too much: Here’s your out-of-the-box policy idea for the day: America should implement weighted voting to make voting more objective and fair,

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Once Again, Real Life Imitates South Park

Some of you no doubt find South Park to be a bit crude and maybe even offensive.  But I am constantly amazed at how often their satires run so true to real life.  Case in point: Stephen Hawking.  In a

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