Last evening attended the BA senior recital of Karl, our parish cantor, who is graduating from CU in Boulder in voice; he has a rich and big baritone voice. He’s been in several operas and recently won 1st in two state of Colorado music fests. I writing this because music is so fundamental to the liturgy and has a great healing power. Easter hymns and chants are particularly reflective of the exultation of the whole Church. There is no doubt that the apostolic church sang together, and apparently invented a whole new repertoire out of their familiarity with Temple music and the religious music of the Hellenistic world. In any event, the recital was beautifully performed, and I was happy that I’d driven the 60 mile round trip to attend. Music heals.

Jesus had to repeat the greeting twice. “Peace be with you!” The opposite of this peace is the questioning and doubting mind of Thomas, which is the same as the modern person. We question everything, even as we potentially can know everything from Siri and Alexa. Yet, now we’ve been told not even to believe them, because the internet has been sown with confusion. This is somewhat like the Church. People come to church for healing, for peace, to participate in the holy, for community, for clarity, and so much more. They also bring all their questions with them, and there are many questions.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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