Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

The Wexford Carol

At the Wednesday night rehearsal of our parish instrumental group (trumpet, two clarinets, guitar, two flutes, tympani–and me on a bowed psaltery) the director played a recording of a carol we will play in the prelude before the 7:30 pm

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Words of Hope from St. Ambrose

Today, 7th December, is the feast day for St. Ambrose, the saint who led St. Augustine to the Church.  In the daily Office of Readings a letter of his was the second reading, and it offered words of hope for

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Riding to Faith on the Wheels of Music

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: ‘The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music.’” –Kurt Vonnegut (beliefnet.com“) “I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

St. Augustine (Hippo) says Jesus is a God of Mercy

I thought this discourse on the Psalms, taken from St. Augustine of Hippo as the Second Reading of the Office of Readings might be pertinent…I’ll quote most of the whole thing–go to the link for the rest. “All the trees

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Six Impossible Liturgical Things before Breakfast

Inspired by Pope Francis’s latest pronouncements on proper conduct at Holy Mass, I’ve thought of  some other things that we might wish to happen. No hymns written after 1905 will be sung at Mass. There will be no drums, wind

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

US Bishops Signal Resistance to Pope Francis’s Agenda?

Here’s an article in the Wall Street Journal (go to Drudge to get the post without a paywall–look for “US Catholic Leaders Signal Resistance to Pope’s Agenda”.) Here are some quotes: “—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops chose a conservative

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

And Now for Something Completely Different.

As I said in another post, I am sad, nay disheartened, by what our Holy Father has been saying.   However, there’s an article in CatholicCulture.org by Dr. Jeff Mirus (a co-founder of Christendom College, to testify to his orthodoxy)

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

PopeWatch–A Papal Culture of Rebuke?

I’m very sad to keep linking to these negative articles about our Holy Father–and they aren’t crocodile tears, either–but people have to be informed of what’s happening and that respected Catholic scholars are, to put it mildly, perturbed about things.

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Church Watch: Bio-Extinction and Population Control

I ran across an article from Catholic World Report (see here) on bio-extinction and population control.  Don’t worry–it wasn’t favorable, in fact I’ll quote: The Church has always emphasized the autonomy of spouses in all matters pertaining to procreation vis-a-vis

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Academic Feminists Want to Destroy Math, Science

My blood pressure rose, my stomach gurgled as I read the following two accounts of academic feminists who would totter–not male supremacy–but mathematics and science.  The first (see here) is by Rochelle Guterriez, a  professor of Mathematics Education at the

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Pope Watch–Rebuke to Cardinal Sarah

I don’t want to poach on Don McCleary’s turf, but  the following shouldn’t be passed up.   It’s from Whispers in the Loggia, a blog by Rocco Palmo that relates inside happenings in the Church hierarchy.   This is from

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Let’s Make the Liturgy Beautiful*

“The liturgy, as the worship which the Holy Spirit has given His Church, always requires beauty in its celebrations.” —Bishop Robert Morlino, Diocese of Madison Catholic Herald “The beauty of the liturgy is part of this mystery; it is a

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Quote for the Day: St. Augustine

“May God in His mercy grant that every day we may be troubled, tried, disciplined, or make some progress.” –St. Augustine, Sermone 16A, 12 (taken from “Augustine Day by Day”–Oct. 18) Ipse dixit.

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

2017 Nobel Prize for Heretical Economics

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Richard Thaler, University of Chicago (they do seem to get a lot of Economics Nobel Prizes) for his work blending psychology with the dismal science, economics.    I quote from the

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

A Mass for Firefighters

“When I am called to duty, God, wherever flames may rage, Give me strength to save some life whatever be its age. Help me embrace a little child before it’s too late, Or an older person from the horror of

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Lapsed Catholics–Reflections on a Hospital Census

“I was raised – and still consider myself to be – Catholic, though I’m non-practicing and haven’t fulfilled my Easter duty since sometime during the Nixon years. I’m assailed by all kinds of stimulating doubts, but I do believe in

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

The Physics Nobel Prize–All about Wrinkles in Space

The 2017 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Rainier Weiss, Kip Thorne and  Barry Barish for their work on detecting gravitational waves, “wrinkles in space”.    For a detailed account of the award to these old guys (they, like

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Sunrise, Sunset–Circadian Rhythms and a Nobel Prize

“(Men) Sunrise, sunset Sunrise, sunset Swiftly flow the days Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers Blossoming even as we gaze (Women) Sunrise, sunset Sunrise, sunset Swiftly fly the years One season following another Laden with happiness and tears” —“Sunrise, Sunset”, Fiddler

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

A Plea for Charity

 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;Matt 5:44 I have been much disturbed by the level

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Another Comment about the “Filial Correction” Letter

Here is one of the better comments I’ve read about the “Filial Correction Letter”.   It analyzes in detail why there are heresies in Amoris Laetitia concerning reception of Holy Communion by divorced and remarried persons.   It all stems from

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Feral Cats and My Welfare State

Two years ago in a very harsh winter I set out food for three feral cats that hung around our garage across the road.  We set out a dish of dry food inside the garage and replenished it once a

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Who speaks for science?

“We should not have people in office who do not believe in facts and truths and modern science…”–Leonard DiCaprio, Address at Yale University. I have a better idea.   Rather than actors (who didn’t graduate high school, but did get

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

How can I not be a Captive Audience?

TV everywhere, and not the TV of one’s choice!   Today I took my wife to a pain intervention clinic at our local medical center.  In the waiting room I was forced to listen to a tirade by Ellen deGeneris

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

The Death of Cassini

There’s a beautiful article by Paul Greenberg on the death of Cassini, the Saturn explorer–I can’t add much to it, other than these few thoughts on AI (artificial intelligence).   Despite the intelligent and benevolent (sometimes) robots and androids of

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