I hope you all had a lovely Easter and are continuing to do so this Easter Monday Morning. A few things have come to my attention over the weekend that I wanted to briefly share with you here, as they may be of interest.
First, I was surprised to note that Pope Francis offered an Easter Message I could support without qualification. Some of you will be tempted to talk about broken clocks, but I’ll take the win when I can get it:
This is the first #Easter message that I would offer you: it is always possible to begin anew, because there is a new life that God can awaken in us in spite of all our failures. From the rubble of our hearts, God can create a work of art.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 3, 2021
Massimo Scapin, who contributes a number of unique and interesting music history pieces here at 1P5, is also a very talented musician and conductor. He is a resident composer at the Sistene Chapel Choir and currently serves as the Director of Liturgical Music at St. John Cantius in Chicago. He shared with me his Alleluia Verse for Easter Sunday, performed under his baton, during the Mass held yesterday at St. John Cantius, and I thought I’d share it with you here as well:
Keep an eye out for a piece from Massimo here tomorrow on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the great composer Igor Stravisnky.
And finally this morning, Prof. Roberto de Mattei contacted me to let me know that his study, entitled, “On the Moral Liceity of Vaccination,” is now available in English, for free, in e-book form, for those who would like to read more about this topic. Prof. de Mattei is, in addition to being one of the most notable Catholic historians and authors alive today, a pro-life leader in Italy and a member of the board of the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family. Considering how much discussion arose from his article on this topic last week, no doubt some of you will be interested in this text.
That’s all for this morning. Happy Easter Monday!
Steve Skojec is the Founding Publisher and Executive Director of OnePeterFive.com. He received his BA in Communications and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2001. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Crisis Magazine, EWTN, Huffington Post Live, The Fox News Channel, Foreign Policy, and the BBC. Steve and his wife Jamie have eight children.