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March 14th, 2013Hamlet the Catholicby Joseph Pearce
Here's an excellent article on Hamlet by Mitchell Kalpakgian in today's Crisis.» Continue Reading
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Five Books Every Catholic Should Readby Joseph Pearce
My personal selection of the five indispensable books that every Catholic should read has just been published by Pete Socks on the Catholic Book Blogger. Check it out:
Sorcha Ni Ghuairim, A Voice from Across a Thousand Yearsby Brendan D. King
Sorcha Ni Ghuairim (1911-1976), a native of the Connemara Peninsula of Western Ireland, is probably one of the greatest Irish Gaelic vocalists ever recorded. Hers was a voice that seems to echo across a thousand years. After decades of fighting for the preservation of the Gaelic language and its musical tradition, Sorcha decided in the 1950s, that she had failed. She moved to London and remained a virtual recluse until her death in 1976.
But her belief as proved premature. Sorcha's surviving recordings have played and continue to play a major role in Irish traditional music. Among the modern vocalists who have cited Sorcha Ni Ghuarim as a major influence is Roisin Elsafty, a fellow native of the Connemara.
A Nod To Distributismby Kevin Kennelly
Does Small Is Beautiful still work? Luke Johnson believes so ....and probably anyone who has had to interact with a "call center" or a government office (can you say Health Care) this Advent season does also. Modern life has become madness. Mr. Johnson ,in a recent issue of the Financial Times , suspects there is a better way and that such way happily should appeal to capitalist and socialist alike ..... and most everyone in between.