O Holy Night

“Truly, he taught us to love one another.” I love the song O Holy Night, and that particular line from it is one of my favorite messages from all Christmas songs. I enjoy singing it together as a congregation, because during that verse I feel truly connected to my brothers and sisters in Christ. For one...

Music Is My Religion

The following article appears in the October issue of Liberty + Vine. Nowhere do Jimi Hendrix’s words ring more truely than at a music festival. For three days and nights I camped at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Emmylou Harris sang me to sleep as I slow-broiled in the Colorado summer heat. I walked on...

Make It Beautiful

Recently I sang at a wedding for a young couple in my parish, an opportunity both thrilling and terrifying! It’s such an honor to be asked to do that. At the same time, you don’t want to be the person whose Peter Brady moment destroys anyone’s dream nuptials. I sang a total of six pieces...

Driving Into the Past

There are certain signposts of bygone eras, markers of, at least we’d like to think, simpler, less complicated times. Such relics include: rotary-dial telephones, glass milk bottles delivered daily by a milk truck, wringer washing machines, television “rabbit ears” antenna, transistor radios. An old,...

He Will Rise Again

The sweet creamy monstrosity once known as “Big Butter Jesus,” having melted in a lightning-induced inferno in June 2010, is proving true to its namesake: It will rise again. The Solid Rock Church of Monroe, Ohio, has commissioned a replacement statue with features worthy of Lee Majors—52 feet...

Franciscan Media Launches “Liberty + Vine”

We’re excited to announce the launch of Liberty + Vine, a new monthly digital magazine! Liberty + Vine’s tagline, “at the intersection of faith and life,” captures the essence of the magazine, which is designed to meet you wherever you might be on your personal spiritual path and offers inspiration...

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