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The Devil Waits Outside the Church

The Devil Waits Outside the Church She arrived during the homily. Walking right up to the statue of Mary Help of Christians, crowned with May flowers and lovingly arranged her small spray in the Virgin’s arms. She genuflected, then crossed to the altar and prostrated herself, before proceeding to sit on the other side. I […]... Read More
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La Santisima Trinidad, Arroyo Seco, New Mexico

Blanketed in the first snow of the season, La Santisima Trinidad radiates hope to the surrounding community of Arroyo Seco, New Mexico. Built in 1834, the historic church stands as a monument to the families who originally settled the area. That the Catholic faith thrived during a period when there were very few priests available to serve the […]... Read More

The Church of Itinerant Musicians

My home church has been welcoming itinerant musicians for as long as I can remember. St. Anne’s is a small mission church, 50 miles from everywhere in Northern Arizona. When I arrived here, there was a choir and an organist. Within a few years, that entire group had moved on and I became the organist […]... Read More
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Mass In Yellowstone NP, Wyoming

From the windows of the rec room, there is a panoramic view of the mists still rising off of Yellowstone Lake. (Okay, not in this picture.) Mass is about to begin and the young celebrant is scurrying around, arranging the altar, consulting with the pianist and greeting tourists – some in their Sunday best, some […]... Read More
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Slow Travel: Freedom To Roam – Or Not

Sangre de Christo Mts. Colorado Change of plans. My son’s grandma is dying. Quickly. We are finishing out the winter in Colorado, after all. Minimizing our life into a 28 ft. RV and a 14 ft. vintage trailer has given us the freedom to be able to be here with her and grandpa. Slow travel […]... Read More

Still Bucking the New Translation – Really??

Thanks to Dr. Jerry Galipeau’s excellent blog, Gotta Sing, Gotta Pray, I actually have a “keep it simple” topic  for today;)  Due to all the uproar about the New Translation, and also due to my continuing efforts to be a passable music director for my parishes, I try to follow Dr. Jerry’s blog.  He has […]... Read More

The Pilgrim Virgin of Guadalupe

A couple of months ago I was priviledged to participate in the pilgrimage of Our Lady of Guadalupe within our Mexican community.  Once a year, a couple from Prescott brings a life-size portrait of the Virgin to our small town and She visits a number of homes where we gather for a nightly rosary, singing […]... Read More

The Sunday There Was No Mass

We live in a very rural area.  We were actually considered a “mission” church for many years before the Diocese restructured all the churches into independent entities.  For a while we didn’t even have a priest assigned to us. Finally the Bishop decided to combine us with two other “local” churches and assign one priest […]... Read More

Fulton Sheen’s Cause – Victim Of Another Bishops’ Snafu?

Rocco Palmo’s latest update to Whispers In The Loggia today, cites yet another incomprehensible move by our “hierarchy”.  I can only hope that it is just a miscommunication that got out of hand.  According to the website for archbishop Sheen’s cause for sainthood, the Diocese of Peoria is passing the buck for Sheen’s beatification, because the Archdiocese […]... Read More