Happy Anniversary to Me… and You…

I wish to share with you several significant anniversaries I observed this month of June. From mid-June through August 1st of 1974, what was to become the St. Louis Jesuits met in Berkeley, CA to work on music together. Dufford, Foley, Manion, moi, and Schutte spent that time composing, sharing our compositions, and recording them […]

How to get people to sing more at Mass – a reply

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2019/05/08/how-get-more-people-sing-mass-stop-adding-new-hymns I hope many of you have had the opportunity to read this thought-provoking article from America magazine by Fr. John Zupez, SJ. It certainly got me to think about this perennial topic, Why Catholics Can’t/Won’t/Don’t Sing at Mass. And it’s still with us. Here are a couple comments in reply. Hey, John, Thank you […]

Review of the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Back at it. And gratefully so. This selection from Luke’s Sermon on the Plain seemed like a good introduction to Lent and life back on March 3, 2019. Let’s see whether it still applies. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?How can […]

Greetings from Me to You…

Travel, illness, and work on the SLJ concert have sidelined me from my blog. Today’s post is a simple update on the concert. By tomorrow, I plan to review Sunday gospels from the end of Ordinary Time up through wherever we will be in the church year. At this point, nearly 25% of tickets have […]

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 […]


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