Category Archives: music

This journey to Christ

This week is tech week for the New England premiere of Dead Man Walking, which I am in with Boston Opera Collaborative. Because this is where my heart and time are being spent this week, I decided am running a … Continue reading

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More than fair: Why I oppose the death penalty (repost)

This week is tech week for the New England premiere of Dead Man Walking, which I am in with Boston Opera Collaborative. Because this is where my heart and time are being spent this week, I decided am running a … Continue reading

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Seven pieces I’m working on right now

— 1 — I have been out every night this week at rehearsals for the New England premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking based on the memoir by Sister Helen Prejean. It is being produced by Boston Opera Collaborative … Continue reading

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Seven Reasons I Love Being Catholic

Would that I were a papal scholar and could write a brilliant post on the sede vacante. Instead, I’ll stick with the Catholic theme and tell you a few of the reasons I love being Catholic 1. My family I … Continue reading

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The Annual Ash Wednesday Round-Up

Much like the liturgical calendar, I can get a little repetitive. So once again, here are a few of my favorite things for Ash Wednesday. A song by Dann Russo: An excerpt from the poem Ash Wednesday by TS Eliot: … Continue reading

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Moving the cantor

Church has always mattered to me. I don’t know what it was about it that attracted me as a kid: the people there, the activities after, the light through the stained glass, the booming of the organ. Even when I … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes volume 28

— 1 — Like most of the rest of the country, we have been experiencing Mother Nature’s mood swings this week. It started off frigid, as it was for most of last week (that’s when I start my “why do … Continue reading

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Staying open to grace, even when we don’t approve

There’s a priest who I often hear who has a liturgical style that, shall we say, does not suit me. When he randomly shouts out “The Lord be with You!” because he’s forgotten where we are in the mass, I … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes volume 27

— 1 — What an eventful week! I celebrated my anniversary with my honey, and my Diagnosiversary, marking a year since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I wrote about the day before the test, the day of the test, … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes volume 26

— 1 — I read this earlier this week and am in love. “Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than … Continue reading

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