The official video for Josh Blakesley Band’s “You Are The Light” is now out and it is fantastic! If you’d like to read my review of the entire album, check it out here.
“O happy fault—o happy fault / That gained for us so great a Redeemer.” Thus begins the first track of Audrey Assad’s new album, Fortunate Fall. These familiar words, inspired by St. Augustine’s writings on the fall of humanity and sung at Easter vigil, set the tone for Assad’s first independent release. From the first to the last track, this is not just another album. It is deep in its spirituality and unabashedly praiseful in its lyrics. Her strengths lie […]
Yesterday’s Gospel reading on Martha made me think of how often when we hear or read the Gospel stories she appears in we, rather than let her story simmer in our minds, dismiss her for the more recognized characters in the narrative: Lazarus and Mary of Bethany. In their stories we’re reminded of how important it is to stop and listen before time runs out and we see one of Jesus’ greatest miracles–raising a man from the dead. But, what […]
Caught this on CBS News. It is a brief look at the humorous side of religion and spirituality with brief interviews with Fr. James Martin, SJ, author of nine best-selling books and editor-at large at America magazine, and Matt Weber, author of Fearing the Stigmata. Also includes interviews with Jewish, Muslim, and Baptist comedians.
I wish everyone could see with the eyes of God—with the eyes of love. I wish we could all set down hate, misconceptions, assumptions, and differences and choose to see the beautiful in each other. We’re all children of the same Creator, dwellers in the same universe. We should be the prisms through which love reflects itself outward and we should see others as those prisms that show us the beauty of what it means to be human. But, to […]
On February 27, 2013 I had the privilege of delivering the homily at my school’s Lenten Liturgy of the Word. The reading for the day was the Parable of the Rich Fool. I have decided to share the homily with my readers. “Be rich in what matters to God. For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be.” Today’s parable reminds us that we have but limited control over our future and in the time that we have […]
First off, I want to thank my sister-friend and fellow blogger Emmy of Journey of a Catholic Nerd Writer for hosting What I Learned Wednesday. She started this last year (my goodness it’s a New Year!) and I was a bit late to the party, but I’m glad to be blogging again. These posts usually discuss what one learned during the past week. I’ve decided that this first post of the New Year will be about what I learned last […]
Divine Comedy by Jackie Francois (spiritandsong.com, 2012) Jackie François has released her anticipated second album. Divine Comedy is a follow-up to her debut album, Your Kingdom is Glorious. Jackie, a multi-talented Catholic artist and speaker, is well-known for her work with young people and her advocacy of the Theology of the Body. She is a young woman dedicated to the Gospel and through words and actions is a role model for young people, especially girls. If you happen to follow Jackie […]
The Jesus Prayer: A Way to Contemplation by Simon Barrington-Ward (Pauline Books & Media, 130 pages, Paperback, August 2011) I have read several books on the Jesus Prayer and I am happy to say that most have been accessible and informative. Barrington-Ward’s book, however, goes beyond being accessible and really simplifies the way one understands the prayer and its origins. I admit that, having recently read a number of related books, I initially found the writing style much too simple […]