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I listened to this and I'm rather convinced this is the best explication of the Cosmological Argument I've ever heard (and I've heard a few). It's particularly helpful for discussing the arguments for the existence of God with some of those "smarter than you" atheists who try to throw obscure cosmology (from bouncing universes to bubble universes to string theory - it's all addressed in the lectures) at you and expect you to fold. The examples and illustrations given are easy to remember and explain - this should definitely go on the "must listen" list. It's also quite helpful that he cites his sources. If it's important for you to get the sources, do remember to bring a pencil.

The speaker is Protestant apologist William Lane Craig. I've blogged about him before, so if you need a recap on his bio just click here.

2007/08/13 Cosmological Argument (Pt. 1)


2007/08/20 Cosmological Argument (Pt. 2)


2007/08/27 Cosmological Argument (Pt. 3)


2007/09/03 Cosmological Argument (Pt. 4)


2007/09/10 Cosmological Argument (Pt. 5)


2007/09/17 Question and Answer


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More good stuff from those wonderful folks at St. Martha's in Kingwood, TX:


mp3 Links

Speaker Date

Catholic Spirituality of

St. John


Msgr. Borski


St. Paul


Jeff Crandall


St. Vincent de Paul


Deacon Alfredo Soto


The Carmelites


Carla Lewton

The Charismatic Renewal


Deacon Tom Vicknair





Bishop Vincent Rizzotto




Connie Hays


How to Pray Well
(Presented to 9th gr.)


Jeff Crandall


If you like these, don't forget to check out the Doctors of the Church series by Fr. Hudgins.
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From these folks:

Amici Cantores - Concerto per il XV° di fondazione
Chiesa di S. Pio X - Milano -

Nome File(s) Dimensione
Alma Redemptoris mater
T.L. de Victoria
Amici Cantores - Alma Redemptoris mater.mp3.001 3000 KB
Amici Cantores - Alma Redemptoris mater.mp3.002 3000 KB
Amici Cantores - Alma Redemptoris mater.mp3.003 178 KB
Ave Maria a 8
T.L. de Victoria
Amici Cantores - Ave Maria a 8.mp3.001 3000 KB
Amici Cantores - Ave Maria a 8.mp3.002 906 KB
Ave maria
Josquin des Pres
Amici Cantores - Ave maria Josquin.mp3.001 3000 KB
Amici Cantores - Ave maria Josquin.mp3.002 2140 KB
T.L. de Victoria
Amici Cantores - Caligaverunt.mp3 2859 KB
Exsultate Deo
G.P. da Palestrina
Amici Cantores - Exsultate Deo.mp3 2350 KB
Exsultate justi in Domino
L. Grossi da Viadana
Amici Cantores - Exsultate justi in Domino.mp3 2341 KB
Incipit oratio Jeremiae
G. P. da Palestrina
Amici Cantores - Incipit oratio Jeremiae.mp3.001 3000 KB
Amici Cantores - Incipit oratio Jeremiae.mp3.002 3000 KB
Amici Cantores - Incipit oratio Jeremiae.mp3.003 1687 KB
Jesu dulcis memoria
T.L. de Victoria
Amici Cantores - Jesu dulcis memoria.mp3 2440 KB
O magnum mysterium
T.L. de Victoria
Amici Cantores - O magnum mysterium.mp3 2880 KB
Quam pulchri sunt
T.L. de Victoria
Amici Cantores - Quam pulchri sunt.mp3.001 3000 KB
Amici Cantores - Quam pulchri sunt.mp3.002 319 KB
Sicut cervus
G.P. da Palestrina
Amici Cantores - Sicut cervus.mp3 2344 KB
T.L. de Victoria
Amici Cantores - Taedet.mp3.001 3000 KB
Amici Cantores - Taedet.mp3.002 216 KB
Tu solus qui facis mirabilia
Josquin des Pres
Amici Cantores - Tu solus qui facis mirabilia.mp3.001 3000 KB
Amici Cantores - Tu solus qui facis mirabilia.mp3.002 1191 KB
Vere languores nostros
T.L. de Victoria
Amici Cantores - Vere languores nostros.mp3.001 3000 KB
Amici Cantores - Vere languores nostros.mp3.002 254 KB
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Just a reminder, there are a number of songs and chants like the following here:
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Mark Shea writes:

First I get this email from Jeffrey Mark Ostrowski, a Liturgical Composer in Corpus Christi, TX:
What if I told you that clicking a button would show you a Catholic website that contains (among other things) newly composed Catholic Responsorial Psalm scores based on Gregorian chant with Organ/Vocalist scores for the entire Catholic Liturgical year ??

And what if I further told you that these are offered ** COMPLETELY * FREE * OF * CHARGE ** to anyone who wants them, and the PDF scores can be downloaded *instantly *without even a login ??

* If I told you this, would you take five seconds to go check out the website, download PDF scores, and listen to the mp3 samples??*

* Guess what? It is true!!! No joke, and * absolutely * no strings attached.*

Here is the site

. . . and here are free Mass Parts for organ and voice:

*Who in the world would provide such a thing for absolutely no cost?*

Corpus Christi Watershed would !!! We are a 501(c)3 non-profit Catholic Institute dedicated to promoting the Catholic arts. Watershed Liturgical composer Jeff Ostrowski has composed more than 850 scores since August of 2007, and all offered online completely free of charge.

The project has been praised and recommended by several famous clerics, including two Bishops and Fr. George Rutler.

Here are two articles which explain the project in greater detail:

Finally, to show the compositional techniques employed to create this truly Sacred Music (which Pope Benedict wrote about when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger), please see this article:

If you want to learn more about me, please view this.

May Christ bless you 100,000 times for your kindness.
Meanwhile, somebody else sends me links recommending these:

Now you know!
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There's a new search engine which looks like it will be trying to compete against the googlemonster. So far, it looks pretty kewl. The interface is certainly different than the standard Google / Yahoo model - it's more like iTunes and it's entirely flash based. Know your audience, right?

In any case, you might check out the site: Searchme Visual Search - Beta. Note the narrowability at the blog, Christianity, music, etc., depending on the search you do...

In any case, just thought you folks might be interested.

*HT to Danielle Bean

UPDATE: Odd. I'm the very first hit for "free catholic mp3", but I can't find my site with the search for "catholic mp3". Wait...nope...there I am...I'm about 100 deep. I'm about #6 on google. I wonder how their algorithm is constructed. Oh well, I'm sure it's a trade secret...
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Here's some new material from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Having attended a few ISI lectures, I can say firsthand that this is a great program and that their lecturers are of the highest caliber. Do give them a listen

The Spirit of Capitalism: Why Weber Was Wrong About The Commercial SocietyNEW
Samuel Gregg
The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC


Ben Franklin and the Traditions of American DiplomacyNEW
Harvey Sicherman
Wilmington, DE


Transforming Business: Enterprise, Ethics, and the Elimination of PovertyNEW
Peter Heslam
Flint McGlaughlin
The Hardvard Club, New York, NY


Does Globalization Trump Culture?: The Future of Music In a Flat WorldNEW
Tyler Cowen
Georgetown University, Washington, DC


Are Unions Destroying American Education?NEW
Peter Brimelow
Richard Kahlenberg
Ohio State University, OH
From ISI's Cicero's Podium: A Great Issues Debate Series.


Coincidentally: Unserious Reflections on Trivial ConnectionsNEW
Fr. George Rutler, Pastor, Church of Our Saviour, New York City, NY
Wilmington, DE


It Takes a Family to Raise a Village: The Social Significance of the Family for the Free SocietyNEW
Jennifer Morse, Senior Research Fellow, Acton Institute
UCLA School of Law, LosAngeles, CA



America: Republic or Empire?NEW
Michael P. Federici
James R. Stoner, Jr., Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University
Georgetown University, Marriot Georgetown Conference Center, Washington, DC

How to Put Your Soul on Ice: Freedom and Autonomy in Dante's Divine ComedyNEW
Anthony Esolen
ISI's F.M. Kirby Campus


Wendell Berry's Unlikely Case for Conservative ChristianityNEW
Darryl Hart, Director of Academic Programs, ISI
Seelbach Hotel, Louisville, KY

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From A Catholic iPod:


Raymond Arroyo of EWTN’s The World Over exclusive interview with President George Bush. This is the only interview that he granted in advance of the Papal visit.
Click to Listen, Right Click to download MP3.

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“Exploring Our Faith,” Episode #08-15 (Windows Media | MP3 )
Cardinal John Foley highlights the purpose and impact of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States.

“Exploring Our Faith,” Episode #08-16 (Windows Media | MP3 )
Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of Media Relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, discusses the pope’s visit to the United States.
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I've been looking for MP3 versions of his talks last week. Here's the first I've found:

The Pope's Speech to the U.N.
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I'm really looking forward to this. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out her blog, The Dawn Patrol.

 Dawn Eden

Sex can bring pleasure -- but does it bring joy? Why would a 31-year old unmarried rock journalist in New York City embrace chastity? Dawn was a columnist for Salon, Billboard, and Mojo, and she is now the deputy news editor at the New York Daily News. After a dramatic conversion to Christian faith in 1999, Dawn traded the incessant pursuit of gratification for the thrill of chastity. For Dawn, chastity is not simply a ?no? to sex, but a ?yes? to living out all the graces one has been given by God as a human being made in God?s image. Dawn is the author of The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On (2007). She will speak, followed by a question and answer period.
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From Choir Chant - go there for the MP3 downloads:

Chrysostomos - choir of the Bratislava Byzantine Catholic Parish

The prophets above: (Svyše prorocy:) - theotokion at the bishops vesting at the beginning of the hierarchical divine liturgy. M. Balakirev (1836-1910).
44,1 kHz joint stereo average 128 kbit/s; 3062 kb) in Church Slavonic

Save Your people, o Lord: - troparion of Exaltation of the Holy Cross (the feast of the church), Tone 1, Carpathian chant (arrangement for mixed choir by Martin Skoviera).
(0:48; 44,1 kHz joint stereo average 128 kbit/s; 762 kb) in Slovak

Trisagion (Svjatyj Bože:) - thrice-holy hymn. J. Bokšaj (1874-1940), from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, 1911.
44,1 kHz joint stereo average 128 kbit/s; 3778 kb) in Church Slavonic

Prokimenon of the feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross and for Friday, Tone 7, Carpathian chant (arrangement for mixed choir by Martin Skoviera).
44,1 kHz joint stereo average 128 kbit/s; 1556 kb) in Slovak

Alleluia - with verses before the reading of the Gospel on the divine liturgy. S. Mokranjac (1865-1914).
44,1 kHz joint stereo average 128 kbit/s; 1252 kb) in Church Slavonic

Cherubic hymn (Iže cheruvimy:) - sung at the Divine Liturgy during the Great Entrance. N. Rimskij-Korsakov (1844-1908), Cherubic hymn No. 4 G-major, op. posth.
44,1 kHz joint stereo average 128 kbit/s; 3956 kb) in Church Slavonic

O Lord, let the light: - communion hymn of Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Tone 1, Carpathian chant (arrangement for mixed choir by Martin Skoviera).
44,1 kHz joint stereo average 128 kbit/s; 3502 kb) in Slovak

Let our mouths be filled: (Da ispolňatsja:) - thanksgiving hymn after the communion. Carpathian chant (arrangement for mixed choir by Martin Skoviera).
44,1 kHz joint stereo average 128 kbit/s; 1330 kb) in Church Slavonic

O Lord, You willed: (Razbojnika blahorazumnaho:) - exapostilarion of Great Friday. It is sung at the matins of Great Friday - Holy Passions. M. Starickij (1840-1904).
44,1 kHz joint stereo average 128 kbit/s; 1702 kb) in Slovak

Your resurrection: - introductory chant at the Paschal Matins and sticheira of the Tone 6 at the Vesper on Saturday evening. Carpathian chant (arrangement for mixed choir by Martin Skoviera).
44,1 kHz joint stereo average 128 kbit/s; 1746 kb) in Slovak

Polychronion - Many years: (Mnohaja ľita:) - final chant wishing many years (God's blessing) that is sung after various services. Carpathian chant (arrangement for mixed choir by Christopher Stanichar).
44,1 kHz joint stereo average 128 kbit/s; 1374 kb) in Church Slavonic

This pieces are borrowed from the CD ”Slava vo vyšnich Bohu - Sláva na výsostiach Bohu”, recorded 2004, by the kind permision of the choir. The CD contains 32 pieces.

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From Spirit Catholic Radio in Nebraska comes a series of programs from perhaps the foremost patristics scholar in America today. Mike Aquilina's work has been rather exhaustive and he's exceedingly good at making the early Fathers accessible. If you've ever been confronted by someone who claims that the Early Church wasn't Catholic or that the Catholic Church was invented by Constantine (ala Dan Brown), be sure to be prepared by having listened to at least a few of these programs.

Mike is author or editor of more than a dozen books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He is vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology based in Steubenville, Ohio.

the glory, the shame & the hope for tomorrow

The Resilient Church: The Glory, the Shame, & the Hope for Tomorrow

Latetst Morning Show Appearance:
St. Cyril of Jerusalem

His blog, 'The Way of the Fathers', can be found at:

Mass of the Early Christians - Part 1
Mass of the Early Christians - Part 2
Mass of the Early Christians - Part 3

Fathers of the Church
St. Polycarp
St. Gregory Nyssa
St. Ambrose
St. Basil

St. Athanasius
St. Justin the Martyr
St. Irenaeus

Roman Martyrs
St. Benedict
St. Augustine
St. Gregory the Great
St. John Chrysostom
St. Cyprian

St. Jerome
St. Ignatius of Antioch
St. Leo the Great
Rome Pilgrimage
St. Clement of Rome
St. John of Damascus
St. Clement of Alexandria
Fathers and The Feast of the Epiphany
St. Anthony of the Desert
St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Hippolytus

St. Maximus the Confessor




Mothers of the Church
St. Syncletica

St. Agnes
St. Perpetua

The Chair of St. Peter

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