Cuca Roseta

14 12 2018

This woman’s voice is like butter.


Lili Boulanger’s Catholic Modernism?

11 12 2018

I have recently delved into the music of Lili Boulanger, a promising composer struck down in her mid-20’s in 1918. She is also the sister of Nadia Boulanger, the famous pedagogue of the 20th century who taught composition to some of the greatest composers in recent memory. Both she and her sister were believing Catholics, though interestingly enough, Lili composed vernacular settings of the Psalms as well as setting sacred texts from other religions.  Read the rest of this entry »

Cultural appropriation accusations taken too far

9 12 2018

When you try to proselytize your religion but then someone turns around and says you can’t convert that that religion, sorry. 

So a Hare Krishna club put on a presentation of the Ramayana that had non-South Asian actors and another South Asian student took offense and wrote an op-ed in the school paper that resulted in the club being shut down. That makes sense.

Notes on liberal religiosity

6 12 2018

I was listening to a lecture of a “liberalizing” tendency of an unspecified religious tradition, and saw parallels to reform-minded tendencies in other religious traditions that I am more familiar with. For the sake of not entering the fray of an argument where I don’t have all sides of the story, I will keep this rather vague. I am referring here specifically to externals. In Catholicism in particular, the last half century has seen a rather thorough attack on all things deemed medieval and triumphalist. Though a vocal minority seems to defend the old ways, for the most part, they have been discarded as remnants of a world that no longer exists and no longer makes sense to the common person of today. This is most evident in the design of churches, the dress of clergy and religious, the language of prayer, and so on and so forth. The now very familiar reasoning states that these externals were preventing people from coming to the essential message of Christ and his Church; that focusing on rules and insignificant details prevented people from seeing the forest from the trees. Read the rest of this entry »

St. Michael Prayer in chant

6 12 2018

An interesting setting found via the Sancrucesis blog

Conservatism as titillation

5 12 2018


You can talk about John Kennedy Toole’s novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, from many angles, but here I wish to focus on the main character Ignatius J. Reilly’s views on modernity and how they are manifested in the narrative. As a brief introduction, Reilly is portrayed as a nee’r-do-well living in early 1960’s New Orleans who has failed to launch at the age of 30. He seems unable to hold down a job and protects himself from the world through his eccentric dress and constant excuses for failure. With more education than common sense, Reilly’s criticisms of his time are constant: entertainment is decadent, the Church is rife with heresy, sex is an ever-present abomination, etc. Instead of withdrawing into a cloister or at least walking away from the city, Reilly continues to plop himself right into the fray of things he despises. Like the proverbial gawker at a car crash, he simply can’t look away from that which he pretends to despise. Read the rest of this entry »

On Paradise

3 12 2018

When in a vision I saw
A mullah ordered to paradise,
Unable to hold my tongue,
I said something in this wise:

‘Pardon me, O Lord,
For these bold words of mine,
But he will not be pleased
With the houris and the wine.

He loves to dispute and fight,
And furiously wrangle,
But paradise is no place
For this kind of jangle.

His task is to disunite
And leave people in the lurch,
But paradise has no temple,
No mosque and no church.’

-Muhammad Iqbal, translated by Naeem Siddiqui

The fruits of the Spirit

30 11 2018

I have a love hate relationship with Catholic charismatics. On the one hand, they are very nice people. On the other hand, I can’t stand how they worship. Nevertheless, I have been growing soft on them through the years. There are so many things I don’t care about anymore that I used to care about, and I have grown to understand the real need of people to have a religious experience that appeals to them on a very personal level. Believers of a more traditional bent generally want a sober and impersonal experience, one that makes the average person slightly uncomfortable. I have written about this before, however, I am beginning to understand these people as the years pass. Read the rest of this entry »

Narcosaint news

28 11 2018

Very pertinent to the interests of this blog, Jesus Malverde appears at the trial of El Chapo Guzman.

Exorcisms on the rise

27 11 2018

An Atlantic article on the increase in the number of exorcisms in the United States