Do you think that the iTunes store should move Gregorian chant from the Classical genre to the Christian & Gospel genre?

What do you think?

Benedict XVI is Pretty Much the Theological Equivalent of Batman – EpicPew

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whose baptismal name is Joseph Ratzinger, will turn ninety years old on Sunday, April 26, 2017 (Easter Sunday this year)! Pope Emeritus Benedict recently released his mu…

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Pope John Paul II: That They May Be One

Jesus himself, at the hour of his Passion, prayed that they may all be one (Jn 17:21). This unity, which the Lord has bestowed on his Church and in which he wishes to embrace all people, is not something added on, but stands at the very heart of Christ’s mission. Nor is it some secondary attribute of the community of his disciples. Rather, it belongs to the very essence of this community. God wills the Church, because he wills unity, and unity is an expression of the whole depth of his agape.

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Bach’s Mass for All Christians – The Imaginative Conservative

Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” is the summation of his life’s work and one of the supreme masterpieces of Western classical music. Yet mystery surrounds the work. What was its purpose, how did it come to be written, and how was it intended to be performed?… (essay by Michael De Sapio)

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Review: The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints

The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints
The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints by Ralph Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was given to me as a gift by a friend. It is a large book of about 420 pages, and it took quite a long time to read, mostly because it is a book on prayer, and each small section requires time on which to meditate.

I can’t imagine any better book to read during Lent. Taking the wisdom of several of the spiritual giants of the Western tradition – Augustine, Bernard, Teresa, John of the Cross, and Thérèse of Lisieux – Ralph Martin groups together common threads of all of these authors’ writings.

If you are interested in growing deeper in your Christian faith or just understanding how it all works, then this might be a good book to commit some time to.

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What is the future of CatholicDH?

This is a great index of all of the Catholic Digital Humanities resources online.

The Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project

The following comments were offered by Kyle Roberts, Director of the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project, and faculty member at Loyola University Chicago on the Presidential Roundtable, “The Future of Catholic History: What Do Graduate Students Want to Know?” at the American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 7th, at 10:30 am in Denver.  

The Future of Catholic Digital Humanities

I’ve been asked to speak today for a few minutes about the future of Catholic Digital Humanities (#CatholicDH), a topic that I’ve had the chance to watch develop over the last few years from my position as a digital humanist and historian of religion at Loyola University Chicago. As the Director of Loyola’s Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities (CTSDH) for the past six months, I’ve become even more acutely aware of the opportunities – and challenges – that come with doing CatholicDH.

What do I mean…

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WordHoard – What is WordHoard?

The WordHoard project is named after an Old English phrase for the verbal treasure ‘unlocked’ by a wise speaker. It applies to highly canonical literary texts the insights and techniques of corpus linguistics, that is to say, the empirical and computer-assisted study of large bodies of written texts or transcribed speech. In the WordHoard environment, such texts are annotated or tagged by morphological, lexical, prosodic, and narratological criteria. They are mediated through a ‘digital page’ or user interface that lets scholarly but non-technical users explore the greatly increased query potential of textual data kept in such a form.

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Review: Charming Billy

Charming Billy
Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Good fiction wrecks me, and this novel wrecked me. At least intermittently. It is a story about an extended Irish Catholic family from New York, their loss of a friend and husband (the story starts at the funeral so that is not a spoiler), and how the trajectory of their lives are changed by the choices that all of them make.

I enjoyed that it was not written in chronological order, as some events in the past carry more weight by knowledge of the future. The narrative voice was confusing at times, sometimes easily identifiable as one of the characters and at other times seeming omniscient, describing the person who the reader thinks is the teller of the story.

There were religious undercurrents but not the abstract theology that gets awkwardly wedged into bad Christian novels.

By the end I cared deeply for the characters.

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