Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints…

While passing through Holy Week and Easter, on Low Sunday our family had another passage: the death of my wife's mother, Ruby Foister.  The photo/video presentation the funeral home put together is below. The other arrangements are here. "Saint" is a good term for my mother-in-law. The Scripture quotation in the title--taken from Psalm 116:15--is …

Messing With a Celtic Agenda Isn't a Good Idea

From time to time I've made many disparaging remarks about the Scots-Irish, some of whom I count as ancestors.  These range from their inauspicious (but prophetic) arrival in this land to discussing Grady McWhiney's research, which I find priceless. I think that understanding this ethnic group is crucial to understanding these United States more than …

The Necessity of the Resurrection

From St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, 3, a. 53, q. 1: It behooved Christ to rise again, for five reasons. First of all; for the commendation of Divine Justice, to which it belongs to exalt them who humble themselves for God's sake, according to Luke 1:52: "He hath put down the mighty from their seat, …

Holy Saturday: The Two Reactions to Proclamation

Holy Saturday is one of those holidays that for most seems to be only a gap.  We see the re-enactments of Christ's passion on Good Friday and the celebrations of his resurrection on Easter.  But what happened between the two? What took place is what used to be called the "harrowing of hell", i.e., when …

Why Christ's Passion was the Best Way: A Good Friday Reflection

From Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae, 3 q.46 a. 3: Among means to an end, the more suitable is that whereby the various concurring means employed are themselves helpful to such end. But in this that man was delivered by Christ's Passion, many other things besides deliverance from sin came together for man's salvation. In the …

Les compagnons de Paul: Jésus va revenir est-tu prêt?

(KO 091113) 1973? The best way to describe this album's style is "eclectic."  But that's not in a contemporary sense--even for the time it came out--but in a traditional sense.  "The Companions of Paul" (the group's name in English) draw from a variety of folk styles, including French folk music (an ancestor of zydeco), bluegrass …

Getting With the Program: The Lesson of the Brandon Eich Fiasco

When I was growing up, one of my father's favourite expressions to get my brother and I to not stray from the path he set before us was to demand that we "get with the program".  The flip side to that was that, if we did get with the program, life would be good. That …

Groupe Naissance: Entre tes mains

(Jef 335.111) 1974? A very nice French Christian folk album.  To my mind it isn't quite up to this (from the same label, though), but it isn't bad either. Les Chalands Vivre Ave Toi Comme une Terre Desséchée Amitié Langueur La Feuille Morte Oh! Oh! Seigneur Ce N’est Pas Étrange Quand J’ai vu les Mains …

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