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By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

Did you ever see the episode of Mysteries at the Museum about Beethoven’s metronome? Historians and performers couldn’t figure out why he wrote so many of his classic compositions with such fast tempos.

 

I’ve got my suspicions, though. It was probably because he was nervous about performing for the folks at the assisted living facility just up the road.

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

Hoy hace diez años salí silenciosamente en procesión de la sacristía de la Basílica de San Pedro portando un alba blanca e ingresé tranquilamente a la majestuosa iglesia por el lado sur. Al acercarme junto con mis compañeros hacia el altar para nuestra ordenación diaconal, vi a más de mil personas reunidas para ser parte de esta gran ocasión. Monseñor William Callahan, ex director espiritual del seminario y en aquel momento obispo auxiliar de Milwaukee, nos ordenó invocando el Espíritu Santo sobre nosotros y colocando sus manos sobre cada una de nuestras cabezas.

 

By: Moises Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

As another Hispanic Heritage Month comes around, the writings of the late Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes have special relevance. 

 

In a beautifully written book titled “The Buried Mirror: Reflections of Spain and the New World,” published in 1992 for the fifth centenary, Fuentes wrote: “We must remember that ours was once an empty continent. All of us came from somewhere else, beginning with the nomadic tribes from Asia who became the first Americans.”  

 

By: Moises Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

Al llegar nuevamente el mes de la herencia hispana, los escritos del fallecido novelista mexicano Carlos Fuentes tienen relevancia especial.

 

En un bello libro titulado “El Espejo Enterrado,” publicado en 1992 para el quinto centenario, Fuentes advirtió: “Debemos recordar que la humanidad en un entonces no existía en nuestro continente. Todos nosotros venimos de otros lugares, empezando con las tribus nomaditas de Asia que fueron los primeros norteamericanos”. 

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18
By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18

Our beloved pastor, Father Jacek Szuster, died last week. After a year-long battle with colon cancer, Father Jacek went to his eternal reward.

 

It’s tempting to feel like those words are hollow — eternal reward and all the other beautiful euphemisms we use for “eternity in heaven with Jesus.” 

 

But with Father Jacek, I really mean it. 

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18

“I think we’re going to attempt to brave Mass without you,” said Magan, as I kissed her “goodbye” to head to Macon to cover the Dublin Irish in the Middle Georgia Kickoff Classic slated to begin simultaneously with Vigil Mass. 

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18
By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9818-8/30/18

Saint Rose of Lima was known for her unmatchable beauty, her intense prayer, her untiring service, and rigorous penitential lifestyle. When I was a child my mother took my sister and me to visit her sanctuary in downtown Lima. Of the various things I saw that day, the one that struck me the most is no longer on display. I remember that hanging from a wall were various items Saint Rose used to inflict penances on her body. A nun explained how the saint would hang herself from her hair to sleep, wore a hair shirt, and often put on a belt with thorns on the inside.

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9818-8/30/18

Our sweet, beautiful Catholic Church is going through a terrible time right now. The crimes and evil being exposed can be scary, but this can also be good. When light shines in the darkness, healing and growth can come — and important changes can be made. May our church leadership have the wisdom and grace to handle all of this with righteousness and clarity.

 

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