For a Time of Transition: 3 Versions of the Litany of Humility in Song

The transition of presidential power is always a fascinating phenomenon, one I've watched on television since I was a child. Winners and losers are called upon to behave well, and in general on such a historic day, they do their best. We watch, commentators comment, and life for little people goes on. We've seen the … Continue reading For a Time of Transition: 3 Versions of the Litany of Humility in Song

Booklist Builders for a Still-Incomplete Education

My Grandma Ted was a working class woman. Her husband was a textile factory loom fixer and she was a secretary.  A whiz at shorthand, her boss once asked her to take notes at a business meeting held at an expensive hotel. When she went to the restroom before the meeting, she discovered that the … Continue reading Booklist Builders for a Still-Incomplete Education

The Creche, the Font and a Happy New Year

The sparkling season of Christmas concludes and we gently pack away the creche.  This ritual becomes more tender every year.  It is a moment to contemplate each witness to the Nativity, to ponder the soul of each shepherd, each magi, of the silent Saint Joseph and Holy Mary. Then, the Babe.  Who are you?  How … Continue reading The Creche, the Font and a Happy New Year

Listening to Handel While the Nations Rage

The song in my head isn't on Spotify's top playlists, but a simple search there provides dozens of versions. Enduringly relevant, the original text (Psalm 2) was written in Hebrew a thousand years before Christ. Its English translation came some 1600 years after him. George Frederick Handel composed the melody, an aria for bass, in … Continue reading Listening to Handel While the Nations Rage