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Deacons in heaven (permanently)

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There are 209 permanent deacons who have been raised to sainthood

 

In 1978, the two-man rock band, of sorts, named Steely Dan put out what I think was one of the most stunningly produced albums of that era, “Aja.” One of my favorite songs on that album was a song called “Deacon Blues.” The song, clocking in at just under seven minutes, wound up being a top 20 hit. “They call Alabama the Crimson Tide / call me Deacon blues” goes the chorus of the song. This contrast refers to the superb and almost-always-winning University of Alabama’s football team of the mid-70s (aka the Crimson Tide), and its fellow southern school Wake Forest University, whose team, the Demon Deacons, was always losing (they only won a handful of games through much of the 70s). The song is about winners and losers, and thus the song noted there were “winners in the world” but there were also “Deacon Blues.”

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On ‘bare ruined choirs’: Shakespeare and the fading of the 16th century Catholic world

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Recently, the world marked the 400th anniversary of the death of the greatest writer in the English language and one of the three or four most significant artists the human race has produced. William Shakespeare simply contains so much. In the manner of Dante, Homer, Michelangelo, James Joyce, and Aquinas, he seems to encompass the whole: every texture of feeling, every nuance of thought, the tragedy of sin, the most exquisite longings of the soul, the most confounding confusions, heaven, hell, and everything in between.

It is, of course, this very capaciousness that has made possible such a variety of readings of his work. Read more »

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Our Lenten Journey, Holy Thursday, March 24, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey 2016

Today’s Readings from the USCCB

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032416-lords-supper.cfm

MARCH 24, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey 2016

Today’s Readings from the USCCB

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032316.cfm

MARCH 23, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey, Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey 2016

Today’s Readings from the USCCB

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032216.cfm

MARCH 22, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey, Monday, March 21, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey 2016

Today’s Readings from the USCCB

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032116.cfm

MARCH 21, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey, Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey 2016

Today’s Readings from the USCCB

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032016.cfm

 

MARCH 20, 2016

 

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Our Lenten Journey, Saturday, March 19, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey 2016

Today’s Readings from the USCCB

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031916.cfm

 

MARCH 19, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey, Friday, March 18, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey 2016

Today’s Readings from the USCCB

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031816.cfm

MARCH 18, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey, Thursday, March 17, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey 2016

Today’s Readings from the USCCB

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031716.cfm

MARCH 17, 2016

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