Haunting and reverent is the vibrant, rythmic Missa Luba. I first heard this sacred music on a vinyl recording when I was in High School. I imagined that in spite of severe hardship, the hearts of the cantors and musicians were divinely elevated by their worship of God.
I was so happy to learn that this timeless work is available on CD. Impeccably performed by the Troubadours-Roi-Baudouin, the Congolese and Latin chants continue to inspire a sense of holiness and beauty in this musical dialoge with our Blessed Lord. Missa Luba can be purchased @ amazon.com.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Glorious are the Scriptural passages set to the music composed by George F. Handel! I have always delighted in listening to (and singing along with) Handel's Messiah at Christmas and Easter. My favorite recording is the breathtaking choral performance by the Cambridge Singers and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Rutter. This clear and absolutely marvelous rendition of the Messiah comes with a lovely summary of the history of its composition. Joyful and perfectly balanced, this recording of Handel's Messiah is a tremendous achievement and the best that I have ever heard. I will never grow weary of listening to this incorruptible masterpiece. The two CD set - Handel Messiah the Complete Work can be purchased @ Amazon.com.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
(Barcelona)El Misterio Divino del don de la Santa Eucaristía se explica bellamente en esta presentación de Lighthouse Catholic Media. a través de este alimento espiritual, Jesucristo nos ha dado la manera de esforzanos mientras intentamos acercarnos más a Él durante nuestro caminar terrenal. Por medio de la traducción al español de "The Eucharist: Sacrifice and The Mass" originalmente presentado por el Arzobispo Fulton Sheen, Padre Rivas nos recuerda la multitud de gracias y bendiciones sobrenaturales que nos brinda el Santísimo Sacramento. Esta es una de las muchas maravillosas producciones español de Lighthouse Catholic Media.
Sunday, October 4, 2020
(Chapters 17 and 18 )
Attachment to the things of this world place our souls at a perilous distance from God. We surrender to God's will when we Detach from passions which threaten to monopolize our souls. In a brilliant metaphor, Father Donnelly illustrates the vast horizons of our God given souls. Our love relationship with Jesus encompasses every aspect of our hearts, minds and souls. A quote I will never forget is "The mother weeping in wild grief for her dead child is loving God with her whole heart."
Sunday, September 6, 2020
(Chapters 15 and 16)
Father Donnelly teaches us that "sympathy is nurse for the illness of the soul." It is unselfish and "the flower of Christian Civilization." He reminds us that "the Heart of Christ was made for others," and that Our Lord "does not withhold the blood of His Heart from anyone." We learn in these chapters that, with full understanding of how we are hurt by others, Jesus places urgent importance upon the virtue of forgiveness.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
(Chapters 13 and 14)In chapter 13, the author refers to the "moral pericardium" and "human pericardium" in his description of selfishness and the desires of the human will. He states that the early Christians were more successful at living compatibly with the Heart of Christ because they threw away their self will. Their unselfish hearts beat as one with the heart of Jesus.
The focus of Chapter 14 is that "Christ's love is the light that heals the blindness of the soul."
Sunday, July 5, 2020
(Chapters 11 and 12)
Chapter 11 bears Father Donnelly's reminder that Jesus never abandons us. Chapter 12 describes Christ's rebuke of insincerity and hypocrisy of the heart."God is a person and has a personal love for us all." says the author. Jesus' love for us carries neither wavering nor duplicity.
Jesus' vivid comparison of insincerity to bone filled tombs, dirty dishes and poisonous snakes highlights the importance He places on His followers truly loving one another, as He loves us.