Joyful, Joyful!

  I’m attaching an item I so enjoyed I simply have to share it. It is “Ode to Joy”, Beethoven’s magnificent chorus in the 9th Symphony, based on a Schiller poem, familiar to churchgoers as the great hymn, ”Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”. It moved me deeply, as music often does. But this presentation felt […]

We Will Find Refuge

Contagious disease has mystified and frightened humankind from the beginning. As I daily, almost hourly, hear myself counted as most vulnerable to Coronavirus, I find myself remembering how scripture lists “pestilence, deadly pestilence” as a threat to human life. Psalm 93 promises: “He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the […]

Christian Love & 8th Grade Girls Catholic League Basketball

I love whimsical contrasts. The Diocese of Chicago Parochial School System is huge, I am told something like the 5th largest school system in the country, public or private: 78,000 students in 217 schools, 183 elementary schools, 34 high schools. Sports rivalries within the system can be intense. When we arrived in Chicago 35 years […]