Three liturgical tools
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21st Sunday Ordinary Time – C There are three liturgical tools you need to master to be a competent and credible liturgical music director, especially if you are in charge of choosing music... Read More

More than just religious words
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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Songs for Catholic liturgy need more than just religious words. They need a specific “orientation.” Even when we focus on Mary or the saints, our liturgical orientation... Read More

Liturgy is bigger than us
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20th Sunday Ordinary Time – C With music and prayer, it’s easy to get defensive about our preferences. The mentor who handed me my first copy of the Vatican II documents knew, however,... Read More

Opening our lives to the stranger
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18th Sunday Ordinary Time – C Luke’s Gospel is not kind to the rich. From the first chapter’s warning in Mary’s canticle, the rich and mighty should expect fortunes turned upside-down in God’s... Read More

The meaning of prayer
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17th Sunday Ordinary Time – C Today’s Gospel passage is bookended by references to the Father in heaven. This gives us an insight into the meaning of prayer, which is less a set... Read More