St. Louis Jesuit Final Concert announcement

Forty-six years after recording Neither Silver Nor Gold and more than fifty years after Foley, Schutte, and Dufford began composing music for the liturgy, we five have committed ourselves to one final concert as the St. Louis Jesuits. We wish to give thanks to any and all who have found this music a help to […]

Back to Review – 7th Sunday Ordinary Time: “Love my WHAT???”

Love your enemy? Lend without expecting repayment??? Judge not and you will not be judged? Condemn not and you will not be condemned? Jesus, can we talk???  

Back to Review – 6th Sunday Ordinary Time: Sermon on the Plain

Matthew’s gospel pictures Jesus ascending the mountain to speak to his disciples. “Seeing the crowds, he went up the mountain and his disciples came to him. He opened his mouth and taught them saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit…” Luke, on the other hand, places Jesus on a broad plain in the midst of […]

Back to Review – 5th Sunday Ordinary Time: Call of Simon Peter

Here’s my story and interpretation of Luke 5. And I’m sticking to it.  

Back to Review – 4th Sunday Ordinary Time – Jesus rejected by his own…

What did Jesus do or say in the synagogue to his neighbors that they would take him to the edge of the hill to push him over? Let’s consider…  

Brief Review of Luke’s Gospel – 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time

I’d like to catch up (since I’ve been on the road for the past 5 weeks) with brief reviews of Luke’s gospel and how it begins to illustrate for us the “playing field” of encounter with Jesus and his teachings. Jesus entered the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth and read the passage from […]

Announcing… The Last Waltz of the SLJs

  As of this afternoon, John Foley, SJ, Bob Dufford, SJ, Dan Schutte, Roc O’Connor, SJ, and Tim Manion have agreed to gather in St. Louis for one last concert to celebrate our association over these past decades. Tom Kavanaugh & Roc will produce the concert whose date has yet to be determined. Tom, along […]

Merry Christmas! A Christmas Eve Homily for the Christmas Season…

Happy New Year to you all! And, since it is still the Christmas season (AHEM!), even though we’re constantly told it was over the day after Christmas sales ended, Merry Christmas! I was delighted to be asked to preside at the midnight Mass for the School Sisters of St. Francis (at 6:30 pm!). And wish to […]

4th Sunday Advent – “Messiah” Staged / Word & Music Contextualized in Gripping Manner…

This is not your grandmother’s version of the Messiah by G.F. Handel in any way, shape, or form. Here’s what one person wrote to describe the context set by the stage version: “There’s basically a businessman whose wife is cheating on him with his older brother. Also, his younger brother is a drug-addict pariah. One […]

2nd Sunday Advent –

Today is the feast of St. John of the Cross, a marvelous saint and doctor of the church. His form of mystical prayer seems to have more in common with those in the apophatic way. That is, he walked the path of refusing any image of God. As such, he differed dramatically from St. Ignatius of Loyola who embraced […]

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