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“Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned!”

Psalm 51

[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.] David’s life spiraled out…

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Biblical references to the Immaculate Conception

By Tom Quiner Have you noticed something odd about the Bible? It makes no reference to the existence of the ‘Bible’ … and yet it exists. I reference this oddity in light of a question from a Protestant friend on the subject of Mary’s Immaculate Conception. His question: “Is there a scripture that talks about Mary having…

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Our Lady of Guadalupe for atheists

By Tom Quiner I’d like to present a fascinating mystery for those who are atheists. The day was December 9th, 1531. It was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Spanish Empire. A peasant by the name of Juan Diego was walking and encountered the vision of a teenage girl bathed in light. She asked…

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What does your life look like?

By Tom Quiner What does your life look like? Are you building a legacy that you’ll be proud of? Suppose you stacked up the days of your life. Every act of love is a metaphorical brick. Over a lifetime, these bricks grow and take shape, forming a cathedral. By the same token, every act of…

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Jesus has to be the most insensitive man who ever lived

By Tom Quiner Get a load of the gospel reading for this weekend (from the Catholic lectionary, Luke 9:51-62). I bolded the provocative sentences from the reading: When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they…

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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 signature of man”

By Tom Quiner What in the world was Luke thinking? I refer to the writer of the third Gospel. In yesterday’s Gospel from the 24th chapter of Luke, one sentence leapt out at me: “As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.” Huh? ‘He was taken up to heaven?’ ‘He…

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THE FIRE AND THE MERCY premiers tomorrow night!

By Tom Quiner It’s getting real exciting! After six weeks of hard work, THE FIRE AND THE MERCY, The Pentecost Musical, premiers at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart in Ankeny, Iowa. They’ve got a sell out crowd! If you live in Iowa, I hope you can catch one of our seven other shows between now and…

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“If this is the cure, imagine the disease”

By Tom Quiner This sentence from the Gospel of John is so lacking in heft: “Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged.” To John’s audience of his day, they got it. To modern man, we don’t. I think that’s why Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” was so significant. It depicted the utter…

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