Why Les Misérables still resonates

In the mid-1990s, while a student at Cambridge, I made a critical mistake. Desirous of discovering the world of musical theatre, I took the train down to London and saw my first musical at the Palace Theatre, on a £5 student ticket that had me sitting above the lighting technicians. I was totally captivated by Les Misérables. It was a mistake to see it first — I mistook the masterpiece for the genre, and have been disappointed with musicals ever since. Continue reading

A special gift on Gaudete Sunday

Clothes may make the man, but vestments don’t make the priest. The Mass is holy whether the priest is wearing beautiful vestments or something akin to a picnic blanket. That being said, liturgical vesture does matter; it doesn’t make the priest or the Mass, but it can make both the priest and the offering of the Mass more worthy of the right worship of God. Continue reading