Category Archives: liturgical calendar

Lighting the rose candle

Now that we are a few days into processing what happened in Newtown on Friday, everyone is coming out of the woodwork with someone or something to blame. Too many guns, too few guns, violent video games, mental health stigma, … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes, volume 22

— 1 — Rather than being a season of joy and light, the holiday season tends to be a time of freneticism and stress for we musicians. I had a conducting gig earlier this week in the pouring rain, and … Continue reading

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An old apparition’s message of newness: Our Lady of Guadalupe

I’ll admit, I came a little late to the Guadalupe bandwagon. Between being raised in a fairly traditional Irish Catholic environment and not having a strong personal devotion to Mary, I never paid much attention to this particular devotion or … Continue reading

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When it’s an obligation

In the wonderful world of the Catholic liturgical calendar, this past weekend was a big one: Immaculate Conception on Saturday, with observance of the Second Sunday of Advent beginning at sundown. Since Immaculate Conception is a day of obligation, Catholics … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes, volume 21

— 1 — Come, Emmanuel! Last week I was full of optimism about keeping a holy Advent, and now we’re a week in and I’m still in the same distracted crazy place I was during the tail end of Ordinary … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes, volume 20

— 1 — It’s been a whirlwind week! Coming off of the holiday weekend, we went right into tech rehearsals for the show I’m in which opens tonight. I had one off night, last night, which happened to be my … Continue reading

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Floating, not drowning: Learning about love from Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day died 32 years ago today. She died in New York City (I had to look that up). It was cold (I didn’t have to look that up). The reason I know it was cold is because my father … Continue reading

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Back on speaking terms with God

My parents forced me to go to a regional Catholic high school. By “forced” I mean they dragged me kicking and screaming, dealing with full fury of a teenage girl raining down upon them. I was nervous, sad to leave … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes volume 18: St Margaret’s Day edition

— 1 — As a kid I relished time spent with my dear grandmother Margaret, riding the city bus into downtown Hartford, pulling the cord to let the driver know to let us off at the G Fox building, and … Continue reading

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Seven Quick Takes, volume 16

— 1 — Much as I suspected, when jumping on the Seven Quick Takes bandwagon 16 weeks ago, I have a terrible time remembering which “volume” each entry should be, and always have to go back and see what the … Continue reading

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