The Mass (Not Social/Civic Action) is the Essence of the Church

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Linkedinemailvidenced by particular political efforts by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and public efforts by some religious orders, parishes and lay ministries, it is amazingly clear that we have lost focus on what the Church essential is. One misshapen venture into the haze that attempts the blend the … Continue reading

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David Gray, August 20, 2018

Jesus Was Not an Illegal Immigrant: A Crisis in Human Dialogue

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Linkedinemailothing can cripple the use of the intellect, reason, and logic faster than images and words that stir the imagination of our emotions. For evidence of this, one need not look any further than the recent cries for the government not to separate children from their parents. How horrific are … Continue reading

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David Gray, July 29, 2018

The Mass and Symphony Orchestra Periodic Phrasing

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Linkedinemail ne of the repeated themes of the Catholic Mass that remind us most of the classical symphony orchestra is the liturgical use of the periodic phrasing. In the classic symphony orchestra, periodic phrasing consists of an antecedent as a question phrase and is immediately followed by a consequent phrase. … Continue reading

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David Gray, June 5, 2018

How I Prayed and Fasted My Wife into the Catholic Church

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Linkedinemailuring those early formative years after Jesus saved my life, I suppose I would have been considered a Protestant; albeit by default, and one of the things I learned during that year before I was Confirmed in the Catholic Church was that ‘the Bible’ (as they like to say) contains … Continue reading

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David Gray, May 23, 2018

The Abuse of the Sign of Peace at Mass Needs to End

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Linkedinemailne of the early manuscript reviewers of my book The Divine Symphony: An Exordium to the Theology of the Catholic Mass was my oldest daughter Daeleon. In consideration of the fact that I helped her pay for her B.A. Degree in English, I thought she could return Dad the favor. … Continue reading

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David Gray, May 9, 2018

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