Archive for January, 2006

Time Marches On

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Mary Statue Surrounded by Flowers
Recently a young lady in our community named Lisa passed away. She was in her mid-30s, and died of Leukemia. She had two young children and a loving husband. I looked at some of the photos of her at the funeral, and I realized what her maiden name was, and that she had been homecoming Queen at our school in the mid-1980s. I remember looking at old yearbooks when I was younger and seeing her as kind of a symbol of the 1980s, and to know that she is gone is pretty shocking, even though I didn’t know her that well (except in prayer). My dad knew her very well towards the end of her life, as he made many pastoral visits to her home. I know it sounds weird, but since I grew up in the 1980s I kind of hold on to things from that decade in a strange way, and I am not talking about Devo records or paint-speckled sunglasses really. It is hard to put into words.

Mary Statue Surrounded by Flowers 2 It reminded me that time does march on, whether we like it or not. These photos I took symbolize that I think. Summer and Fall give way to winter, but then faithfully moves on to the Spring. C.S. Lewis once said something to the effect that after the resurrection, the world has been in a perpetual state of Spring. We have the promise of new life. They call the later years of our life the "autumn of our life," but we Christians have faith that the autumn and winter are not the end, but that a perpetual Spring awaits. Lisa never got to the autumn of her life, but I guess going from summer to spring works well just fine (with some purification in between of course). I have always imagined heaven in the way the ancient Romans did, as a kind of Elysian Fields. C.S. Lewis in the great divorce, and St. Irenaeus imagined heaven in a similar way. The song "Wild Mountain Thyme" always makes me think of a kind of idealistic afterlife. I know the song is about earthly love, but I believe the words can certainly be applied to heaven.

Oh, the summertime is comin’,
And the trees are sweetly blooming,
Where the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather


Will ye go, lassie, will ye go?
And we’ll all go together to pick wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather.
Will ye go, lassie, will ye go?

I will build my love a bower
By yon pure crystal fountain
And around it I will place
All the flowers of the mountain.


If my true love e’er should leave me
I would surely find another
Where the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather.


Oh, the autumn-time is comin’,
And the leaves are gently falling,
Where the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather


If You’re Not Busy

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

If you’re not busy, please join us tonight at 9:00PM EST for an online voice/text discussion about Christian Unity. We will be having this discussion on the Paltalk Network, in our “Catholic Building Bridges: Sane Ecumenical Dialog” room. For more information click here.

Yahoo Music

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

I subscribed to Yahoo Music Unlimited a week or so ago, and I have been enjoying having access to over a million songs. Here is what I am listening to (you’ll see that I truly enjoy a wide variety of music):

Red is the Rose – The Chieftains
Sky Pilot – Eric Burdon and the Animals
Railroad Earth – Railroad Earth
The King of Love my Shepherd Is – Various
Wild Mountain Thyme – The Chieftains
Cross the Green Mountain – Bob Dylan
Remember When – Alan Jackson
Give Me Jesus – Fernando Ortega
I Don’t – Danielle Peck
Red is the Rose – Makem and Clancy
Pange Lingua – Craig Furkas
Kyrie – Craig Furkas
Girl From the North Country – Dylan & Cash
I Threw it all Away – Bob Dylan
Pass it On – Gary Richards
My Song is Love Unknown – Robin Mark
Arlington – Trace Atkins
Raglan Road – the Chieftains
If I Don’t Make it Back – Tracy Lawrence
Moon River – Jim Reeves
Jimmy Grove and Barbara Ellen – New Christy Minstrels
All Creatures of Our God and King – Ashley Cleveland
Christ the Lord is Risen Today– Ashley Cleveland
Come Thou Fount– Ashley Cleveland
Anything But Mine– Kenny Chesney
The Long Black Veil– Chieftains and Mick Jagger
Long Journey Home– Chieftains and Elvis Costello
Sing Me Back Home– Byrds
Close Up the Honky-Tonks– Byrds
Since I Don’t Have You– Manfred Mann
With God on Our Side– Manfred Mann

A Few Updates

Friday, January 6th, 2006

#1: For those who didn’t make it to the Lessons and Carols celebration, you missed something special. We had about 15 participants, which was more than I expected. You wouldn’t think something done over the net like that could be so meaningful, but it was. A non-Catholic participant was even moved to tears. For future events, check out Catholics Building Bridges Room Events. The next event is on January 18th at 9:00PM EST. We will be commemorating the Octave of Christian Unity with a discussion on ecumenism followed by Compline (Night Prayer). To participate, you must go to, download their free messenger program, and sign up for an account (also free).

#2: Owen over at Luminousmiseries and his family are to be received into the Catholic Church on Sunday January 15th. While it will be Ordinary Time in the Church Calendar, it will be anything but ordinary for Owen and his family. Please remember him in your prayers and offer up your encouragement.