The Nature of Music and the Soul

The Nature of Music and the Soul by Matthew Cole Austin and Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg “…when lawlessness has established itself there [in music and poetry], it flows over little by little into character and ways of life.” Plato, Republic 424d # # # The world is changing and we have become progressively desensitized to the… Continue reading The Nature of Music and the Soul

The Nature of Music and the Soul

The Nature of Music and the Soul by Matthew Cole Austin and Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg “…when lawlessness has established itself there [in music and poetry], it flows over little by little into character and ways of life.” Plato, Republic 424d # # # The world is changing and we have become progressively desensitized to the… Continue reading The Nature of Music and the Soul

Dominican Sisters, Mater Eucharistiae, and Awesomeness

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

I used to think it must be so boooooorrrrrriiiinnnnng to be a religious sister. I mean, what would you do for fun? Pray? I’ve come a long way since those days. Now, I struggle not to see religious life as so much better and holier than the messy chaos my life sometimes seems to embody… Continue reading Dominican Sisters, Mater Eucharistiae, and Awesomeness

An Unexpected Advent of the Messiah

The setting was not a stable in Bethlehem, but Macy’s Department Store in Philadelphia.  The time was not Christmas, but October 30, 2010 at high noon.  The attendants were not shepherds, but shoppers.  The singers were not angels, but 650 choristers from 28 different participating organizations.  Nonetheless, in this secular setting, the Messiah arrived and… Continue reading An Unexpected Advent of the Messiah

Ave Verum Corpus video

My cousin, David, sent me this Youtube link to a performance of Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus conducted by Leonard Bernstein. “Ave Verum Corpus natum de Maria Virgine…” “Hail, True Body, born of the Virgin Mary…” Simply magnificent! Here is only an approximate English translation, more literal than poetic: Hail, true body, born of the Virgin Mary,… Continue reading Ave Verum Corpus video