Religion

The Loveliest Lullaby

Editor’s Note: The Silent Night Chapel is located in the town of Oberndorf in the Austrian province of Salzburg, Austria. It is built on the site of the former St Nicholas’s Church. In December 24, 1818 the Christmas carol, Silent Night (Stille Nacht), was performed for the first time by librettist, Joseph Mohr, and music composed by Franz Xaver Gruber. + + + Consider the catastrophe. A performance is expected, everything is set, anticipation runs high and then your organ breaks down on Christmas Eve. A mouse nibbling at the bellows was suspected. One might consider some hopeful tinkering, but…

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Reflections on the 45th Anniversary of Roe v Wade

A few nights ago, my 15 year old son and I were discussing, actually debating,  the state of the pro-life movement in Texas and the nation. Jon Michael will make a fine trial lawyer. He is zealous about his strong opinions and he is not shy about expressing himself on wide ranging subjects beyond what teens usually talk about like sports, Xbox games, movies, music and all that stuff on iPhones. For sure he is an avid Xbox gamer, knows about all the Marvel super-hero movie characters but he really enjoyed the Darkest Hour biopic I recently took him to…