The hard part of living in the long winter of this pandemic is not knowing if or when the springtime will ever come again. We all hold onto the hope that there will be an end to this seemingly endless winter. Until the fragrance of a new spring reaches us, we must not miss the opportunity offered us during this time of being alone and apart. God can use everything for good. Grace is everywhere. The challenge for us is to embrace the gift in this moment and not to put our lives on hold while we wait. We can turn to music that can heal our spirits as God brings a new springtime for our spirits.

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, the five members of the St. Louis Jesuits were presented with Honorary Doctor of Music degrees by St. Louis University. Bob Dufford, SJ, John Foley, SJ, Roc O’Connor, SJ, Tim Manion and Dan Schutte were recognized for their extraordinary fifty-year contribution to the life of the American Church.