TCC Playlist: Family Bible by Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson

“Rock of ages, rock of ages cleft for me.”

I love this Willie Nelson song, “Family Bible,” because I’m a fan of alt-country and Americana. But like any good country song, it also makes me a little sad because it describes an America already long past. Listen to “Family Bible” and more:

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TCC Playlist: Independence Day: This Is My Song

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“This my song O God of all the nations”

Many American Catholics will be hearing this hymn today and tomorrow at Mass. Even as Americans celebrate their Independence Day, they are reminded that the Church is universal. Watch the video of “This is My Song” after the jump:

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TCC Video: Remembering the First Catholic President and John Courtney Murray

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Today is the 52nd anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy the first and only culturally Catholic President of the United States. A Catholic in the White House was made possible, at least in part, by the theology of the Jesuit priest John Courtney Murray. Murray, who appeared on the cover of Time Magazine during Kennedy’s presidency, argued that the American project was compatible with Roman Catholicism. Although many scholars argue about the relative value of many of Murray’s positions, his theology continues to have a long and lasting legacy. Read more about the theology of John Courtney Murray here: He Held These Truths. Watch a video about the life of  JFK from Catholic News Service after the jump:

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Feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

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mother_cabrini Sometimes Americans forget how young our country is. Africans and Europeans have saints from the earliest centuries of the Church. The first American citizen to be canonized, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, was only canonized in 1946. Our own Melissa Musick has her story and a recipe for the day after the jump:

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