Saint NicholasDecember 6th, 2013
On December 6 we celebrate the feast day of Saint Nicholas. Even though this feast is an optional memorial on our liturgical calendar, Saint Nicholas is one of the best known Advent Saints, and perhaps one of the most widely known of all the saints! It has even been said that aside from Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Saint Nicholas has been depicted by more artists than any other saint. While there are numerous legends about Saint Nicholas, we actually have very few historical facts about his life. In fact, about the only thing we …Read More.
Why Not Me?December 5th, 2013
“Why not me?” This is the response that a person I know gives to people who ask the big question about her incurable disease: Why is this happening to you? And, in fact, I think that her answer is really the only one that makes sense. Religions spend a great deal of time trying to explain why bad things happen to good people, and the answers are many and varied. Perhaps it is divine retribution. Or it is God teaching someone (the afflicted, the surrounding community, the world) a lesson. Maybe it is all part …Read More.
1st Sunday of Advent: Happy New Liturgical Year!December 1st, 2013
The word “advent” means “coming”. The Church teaches us that during Advent we wait for two comings of Christ: we prepare to celebrate Christmas, when Christ first came into the world; and, we wait for Christ’s second coming at the end of time. (See General Norms for the Liturgical Year and Calendar, Paragraph 39, from Documents on the Liturgy, 1963-1979, Conciliar, Papal and Curial Texts © 1982, ICEL.) Advent begins at sundown the eve of the fourth Sunday before Christmas and concludes at sundown on Christmas Eve. The First Sunday of Advent also heralds the …Read More.
Tajci’s Playlist for Mothers – and a Reflection on Motherhood From A Touring Artist’s Point of view.November 25th, 2013
Link to “Songs for Moms” Playlist: RN Playlist “1000 concerts is a big number in any artist’s life” stated the press release about our milestone concert that happened on October 26th in Cincinnati, OH. As I prepared the music and the narratives for the performance and gave promotional interviews, I thought about one huge aspect of this accomplishment that easily gets overlooked: Mothering through 1,000 concerts and 13 years on the road. My husband Matthew and I raised our three sons Dante (13), Evan (11) and Blais (8) while traveling around America, with music dedicated …Read More.
Bringing HOPE to Christians in the Holy LandNovember 4th, 2013
One of the great things about the Catholic Church is that it’s Catholic – that is, universal. Catholics are all over the world. But in the Holy Land, where you might most expect to them, Christians are a shrinking minority. Their numbers are dwindling as they either leave their homeland for safety and opportunity or adopt religion of their neighbors. This tragic situation was brought home in early October when seven educators from Latin Patriarchate Schools in the Holy Land visited several Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Their 10-day stay was part of …Read More.
Christ at the Center: Home EditionNovember 2nd, 2013
November 3, 2013: 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time Gospel: Luke 19:1-10 At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and …Read More.
Give the Devil His DueOctober 31st, 2013
In the preface to his classic work, The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis makes the comment that people can make “two equal and opposite errors” regarding devils. “One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel and excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors…” In other words, those who don’t believe in Satan and those who join him both have fallen into his trap. Both have believed his lies. One of Satan’s greatest lies is convincing people that he doesn’t exist – that …Read More.
We Are the Field HospitalOctober 28th, 2013
When Pope Francis talks about the Church as the image of a field hospital after battle, he’s including among others the many people, baptized or not, who have a minimal understanding of what it is like to be in a relationship with Jesus- especially Jesus as the ultimate healer. He is saying that we can’t begin to acquaint someone with the Church and her teachings until someone has come to know and experienced divine love and who has come to love Jesus in return. First things first, it’s the experience of a personal encounter with …Read More.
To Recognize, To RespondOctober 24th, 2013
This past week a young family with children moved into a neighboring empty farm house. I stopped by twice to introduce myself and see how they were doing. Each time the husband, a former U.S. airman, told me “THANK YOU for welcoming us! Thank you for telling the other neighbors we are here. We’ve never had anyone care before.” His response gave me pause – for two reasons. First, of course, that no one had ever bothered to recognize and acknowledge that something / someone new was happening in their neighborhood. The second was that …Read More.
All Shall Be WellOctober 23rd, 2013
I saw a wonderful little movie a few weeks ago, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It’s about a group of Brits who decide to “outsource their retirement” and move to a resort in India. Well, the “resort” turns out to be anything but, and everyone must learn to adapt. Suffice it to say that some succeed better than others, and those who do learn to embrace their situation find a joy and peace they could not have imagined. But it’s not the plot or the characters that has stuck with me – it’s a line …Read More.