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The oddity of Fatima

By Tom Quiner Three children saw something that changed the world. The year was 1917. It took place in Portugal on May 13th at 5PM. Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto were stopped in their tracks by the mystical appearance of a beautiful woman. Here’s how Lucia described the woman: She was…

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The betrayal of Jesus

By Tom Quiner Was it simply greed? Did Judas betray Jesus for the 30 pieces of silver? Here’s what St. Matthew (26: 14-16) says about the betrayal: Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I betray him to you?’…

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PSALM 31: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”

Have you ever wondered what your last words will be? Leonardo da Vinci’s focused on what he didn’t get done: “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” Actor Humphrey Bogart was flip: “I should never have switched from scotch to martinis.” Atheist Karl Marx was…

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PSALM 22: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

It’s hard to believe Psalm 22 was written a millennium before Jesus was nailed to the cross. This messianic psalm, which describes the travails of David, surely prefigures Christ. In a way, it is reminiscent of Psalm 51 which opens our Lenten season with Ash Wednesday, just as Psalm 22 is sung on Palm Sunday,…

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“Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.”

Psalm 33

[Lenten psalms are powerful prayers. Tom Quiner, composer of THE FIRE AND THE MERCY, The Pentecost Musical, has set over 100 psalms to music, including all of the psalms included in the Catholic lectionary for this Lenten cycle. This blog will post his commentaries on each of these psalms throughout Lent.] Are the ‘baseball gods’…

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Top ten religious movies for Lent

Top religious movies for Lent

By Tom Quiner Integrating God and faith into movies doesn’t always work. Sometimes, directors who are ardent believers try so hard to convey their fervor that the audience feels like they’ve been clubbed over the head. Other times, a director of little or no faith is able to convey a timeless story of faith with…

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