World War II was still raging less than 70 years ago. A soliloquy about it written in 1944 by Norman Corwin called “There Will Be Time Later,” brings the reality of those days to the listener. From 68 years ago: August 15, 1944: There Will Be Time Later. This will give you pause to give… Read More »
This is a rather unusual movie, telling of the complete loss of religious freedom during the French Revolution (i.e. the State suppresses the Church), and some Frenchmen who would not stand for it. The movie is unusual in that all the parts are played by young people under the age of 21. This doesn’t necessarily… Read More »
I’ve wanted to see the movie for a while, but Holy Week was particularly busy, as was the time around Mercy Sunday, and then there have been other things that have come up. My main reaction is, “Wow!” I don’t feel adequate to review the film, but here’s something from an interview with Jon Erwin… Read More »
Updated January 8, 2015 Some spoken word LPs concerned news events over a particular period of time. Some were concerned with the previous year. Here are many of the sets that can be found — some more common and some quite rare. The granddaddy is probably Edward R. Murrow’s “I Can Hear it Now” series.… Read More »
The T.S. Eliot play Murder in the Cathedral is quite an impressive work. It treats the last days of St. Thomas Becket in a symbolic and thought-provoking manner. I think it would be wonderful to see if performed live someday. Still, it is possible to listen to an audio adaptation here and now, (if you… Read More »
I noted recently that the 26 part series by Vatican Radio – To the The Ends of the Earth (based on the Acts of the Apostles) – is still available to listen to (for those with Real Player), but not easy to access. Here are links to at least some episodes: Episode 1 Episode 2… Read More »
This is an excellent little video on St. Bernadette:
“The Hour of St. Francis” is a radio program that began in December of 1946 and continued through the 1950s. The program was distributed through syndication. A radio station would receive transcription discs of episodes. Each fifteen minute episode presented a dramatic story — often a “modern day parable” which looked at a moral issue… Read More »
From the LP A Day of Pilgrimage at Lourdes Notice the great zeal in the prayers at the beginning of this sample. One might almost call it “charismatic,” but this is 1955 (or perhaps even earlier, since the LP was released in 1955). I find this LP to be a beautiful expression of faith.
A favorite talk of mine of the late Holy Father is this talk at Knock – here is an excerpt. Here I am at the goal of my journey to Ireland: the Shrine of Our Lady at Knock. Since I first learnt of the centenary of this Shrine, which is being celebrated this year, I… Read More »
I’m back at the old Marian Scholasticate. It’s great to come here and not have to be worried about studies. I can just relax and hang out. The library here is undergoing some renovations, but for the most part, the building is rather familiar. I worked on a “youth show” of sorts when I was… Read More »
I’m developing an archive of rather obscure Catholic audio files… mainly from LPs and reel to reel tapes of yesteryear. These are things which I presume to be in the public domain or have received permission to post. You will find something for a variety of ages and tastes there (i.e. lives of saints, radio… Read More »
This is one great song. It’s not going to be a big hit. It could be, but listen to the lyrics: You have not called me to be successful. You have called me to be faithful. I can do small things with great love and make my life something beautiful for God. Yesterday is gone.… Read More »
I put together a group with all of the “Hour of St. Francis” shows that I’ve put out on the Internet. As an old time radio aficionado and a Catholic priest, it just makes sense. The Hour of St. Francis Fan Club shows (only if you are registered with MyCatholicVoice) I just noticed that you… Read More »
You can watch a TV show to find out. Here’s an episode The Message of Divine Mercy focused on the relationship between the Divine Mercy message and the Eucharist.