As we’ve had discussions on books which have helped us know the Faith better, on spiritual reading books, and even blogged to share jokes, and as the Feast of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music approaches (22 November), now might be a good time to reflect on the role – if any – of music in building our spiritual life.
There are people who misinterpret the exhortations of the great mystical saints who teach us to avoid seeking sensible consolation in prayer, as meaning that any sense of uplift within the soul is a bad thing and to be avoided This is nonsense. Singing a devotional hymn should lift our mind and soul to God and so it is with other beautiful music. I remember hearing a composer once explain her conversion to Christianity by telling a radio interviewer that, while she could explain how she chose the notes that created a beautiful melody, she could not account for, nor take credit for, the impact it had on the listener’s innermost being – the soul. That set her thinking anew about the whole question of the existence of God and ultimately led her into Christianity. Unfortunately, I had switched on the radio halfway through the interview, and this was some years ago, so I’m unable to provide the name of said composer. Anyway, it stands to reason that a composer may well have the talent to create a lovely piece of music, but is unable to foresee the impact it will have on individual listeners. That recognising this fact has led at least one composer to seek Christ, is wonderful.
So, in honour of St Cecilia, let’s share some of our favourite pieces of music, whether hymns or some moving pieces which may raise our minds and souls to God. The two videos included in this introduction are among my own favourites … Enjoy!
Reminder – to post a video directly onto the page, simply find it on YouTube and copy the link from your browser. Bring it back to the blog, and paste it into a comment box, with your own remarks, perhaps explaining why it is one of your favourites. No limits, either, feel free to post as many as you wish! If you can’t find a video-presentation, just tell us what kind of music helps your prayer and meditation. Of course, if you disapprove of hymn singing or of seeking any sensible consolation in prayer, let us know, but be aware that the saints were not banning sensible consolation – they were simply warning us against thinking that we are not praying well if we lack such sensible consolation. Over to thee!
Despite an extensive YouTube search, I have not been able to find the lovely hymn for the souls in Purgatory They are waiting for our petitions…
I have, therefore, decided to publish the popular first couple of verses and if anyone can find it sung on YouTube please feel free to post it in the comments below.
They are waiting for our petitions silent and calm Their lips no prayer can utter, no suppliant psalm. we have made the all too weary with long delay For the souls in their still agony, good Christian pray. Requiescant in pace, requiescant in Pace.
For the soul thou holdest dearest let prayers arise The voice of love is mighty and will pierce the skies. Waste not in selfish weeping one precious day But speeding thy love to heaven, good Christian pray. Requiescant in pace, requiescant in Pace.
Comments invited… especially edifying stories about the souls suffering in Purgatory, prayers, novenas, indulgences, and any hymns which will help us to reflect on the Church Suffering in this Month of the Holy Souls.
Share your tips on how to pray the Rosary well. And any stories you wish to share about the power of the Rosary are most welcome!
Let’s remember, too, to pray for the repose of the soul of Father Nicholas Gruner, in this month of the Rosary. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
Below, report in Evening Times, dated 17 July, 2018, with Catholic Truth editorial comment in blue, italicised throughout.
Fr Mark Morris
A CATHOLIC chaplain of a Glasgow university has held a service to atone for the “gross offence” of Pride Glasgow. Ed: well, thanks be to God that there was at least one act of reparation for this “pride in our sin” parade through our city, in flat contradiction to the city motto which is “Let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of Thy word and the praising of Thy name.”
Father Mark Morris, of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, last night invited parishioners to a rosary of reparation. Ed:bravo, Father!
According [to] the Balornock church’s website, the service was a “Rosary of reparation for the gross offence to God which is Pride Glasgow.” Ed:bravo, Father!
Saturday’s Pride march was led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who called the event “celebrating and reaffirming the values of tolerance, diversity, equality, love and respect.” Ed:there should never be any celebration and reaffirming of sin, especially in a city bearing a motto of dedication to Christ: “Let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of Thy word and the praising of Thy name.”
But last night Father Morris, who is the Catholic chaplain of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), held a service offering decades of the Rosary, Litany and Benediction in reparation for the LGBTQI+ event. Ed: thus providing an opportunity for all concerned to affirm their stated devotion to the “values of tolerance, diversity, blah blah…”
Jordan Daly, Co-Founder of Time for Inclusive Education (TIE), which campaigns for inclusive education in schools, said it was “sad and disappointing” to see Father Morris’s “condemnation” of the event. Ed:why on earth is it “sad and disappointing” to see a priest upholding Catholic moral teaching? Would you prefer that he lacked integrity and praised what any Catholic worthy of the name knows to be a grave offence against God – objectively, a sin deadly to the soul? I thought the whole idea was that in our “inclusive” society we can “celebrate” and “tolerate” ALL views, beliefs blah blah? Yeah, right.
He said: “The Pride parade was, as always, a vibrant and colourful display of diversity, acceptance, and inclusivity. Ed:not in my experience. These “pride” parades comprise a procession of half-naked people, cavorting and being sexually provocative in their behaviour. Not nice, to put it mildly. If that’s “a display of diversity blah blah” you can keep it.
“The ethos of the parade is equality and love, so it is sad and disappointing to see that Father Morris has countered those fundamental values by holding this service and allowing a narrative of exclusion and condemnation to enter the mainstream as a result.” Ed:superficial junk-think. These terms are flung around without any definitions being offered. Equal to whom? What KIND of “love”? The LGBT etc agenda is dominating the conversation and we are not allowed to ask these questions. Let anyone call this sin a sin, and pray in reparation, as Fr Morris has done (to his eternal credit), and he is accused of conducting a “narrative of exclusion and condemnation”. From junk-think to junk-speak.
Father Morris celebrates Mass on Thursdays in the Faith and Belief Centre in the university’s William Harley Building, and hears confession. A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Glasgow said: “This was a private parishdevotion unrelated to Father Morris’s role as chaplain.” Ed: what a dereliction of duty. How DARE this “spokesman” for the Catholic Church in Glasgow, whoever he is, fail to point out that Father is doing no more than his duty as a Catholic priest in praying for and making reparation for serious sin. And, furthermore, that he is always a priest, whether in his parish or in a university or any other place where he is appointed to BE a priest for the people in that place. Just WHO is this spokesman? Ronnie Convery? Doesn’t he know that the Archbishop of Glasgow, when he was appointed to the Diocese of Paisley, condemned the LGBT etc lobby outright and urged us all to be prepared to go to prison rather than remain silent or support this evil? Has Mr Convery forgotten this wee detail? How typically convenient.
A spokesman for the university said GCU is fully inclusive. Ed:well, what’s the problem? Why are you so annoyed at Fr Morris, or does “inclusivity” just mean you include LGBT etc people and their supporters? Nobody else is “included” in your “inclusivity”?
He said: “The university is strongly inclusive. Ed:You’ve still not explained what this means – IS Fr Morris included in this “inclusivity” or not?
“We respect and promote equality and diversity. Ed:no you don’t. Otherwise you would respect Fr Morris’s right to hold any kind of prayer event he wishes, in his own parish.
“This includes an official presence at the last two Pride Glasgow events.” Ed:it’s the norm, now, to be politically correct, toeing the LGBT etc propaganda line, to go with the flow. Few challenge it. Group-think rules. To quote G. K. Chesterton: “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”
But Jordan added: “We are concerned about the message that this could send to the young people of Glasgow Caledonian University, and so would like to stress that these predictable voices of opposition are becoming increasingly drowned out by a Catholic and wider faith community which is supportive of LGBT equality. Ed:Jordan’s “concern” doesn’t say much about two things; firstly, the quality of students at Glasgow Caledonian University, who apparently can’t be exposed to any thinking person who goes against the establishment/popular view in society, and secondly, the Catholic community which, if it is “supportive of LGBT etc equality” is about as Catholic as the nearest Church of Scotland congregation. There were Catholics like those at the time of the Reformation. They were called Protestants then, and that is what they are now – protesting the teaching of the Catholic Church, in this case, on sexual morality.
“There were many people of faith who attended the Parade this weekend and in our efforts to advance LGBT-inclusive education in schools, we have been strongly supported by numerous Catholic Priests and their parishioners, as well as Church of Scotland and Scottish Episcopal Church ministers. Ed: that is utterly scandalous. Faithful Catholics have a right to know the names of priests who “strongly support” LGBT etc education in schools. Their hypocrisy and duplicity must be exposed. They are living a lie, and stealing from parishioners who are donating to parish funds in the belief that their priests at least believe the doctrines of the Faith in their entirety.
“Our experience working with the Scottish Catholic Education Service as part of the Scottish Government’s LGBT Inclusive Education Working Group has also been nothing but positive and productive. Ed:again, that is scandalous, but we have known this for a while, thanks to the SCES openly boasting about the “safe spaces” they are making available for “gay” pupils in Catholic schools.
“We know that those who support the LGBT community outweigh those who endorseintolerance and I imagine that the number of attendees to this service in contrast with those who attended the Pride parade would further prove that.” Ed:now, you do have a point there. Thanks to the loss of divine and Catholic Faith within the Scottish hierarchy, which has trickled down to the majority of the clergy, there are now so few Catholics left in Glasgow that there are plans afoot to close and merge umpteen formerly thriving parish churches. One day, however, these bishops and priests will be called to account for their negligence, for allowing themselves to be so seduced by worldliness that they actually fell into apostasy. What a price, then, to pay.
NUS Scotland’s LGBT+ Officer Kai O’Doherty added: “NUS Scotland is proud to be at the forefront of breaking down barriers facing LGBT+ people. Ed:now there’s an original mantra…
“Universities should be a place where every student, regardless of religion, sexuality, or identity, feels accepted and supported to study without fear of discrimination. Ed:even students who disapprove of same-sex activity? Really? I’ve heard stories galore of students being harassed and insulted for just expressing a contrary view on social media. In one case, the student had to take flight to Spain to complete her studies! No, tolerance really isn’t a hallmark of this whole LGBT etc juggernaut.
“Everybody within our university communities has a duty to ensure that campuses are compatible with the accepting and progressive culture that they strive to achieve. “We’re proud of the progress that has been made, but every day we are reminded of how far we still have to go to achieve a truly inclusive society.” Ed: more junk-think but note: anyone who is not in favour of the “progressive culture” (where every sin and then some is acceptable and promoted) is not given a place on the “inclusivity” bandwagon.
Following Ms Sturgeon’s involvement in Pride, a Scottish Government spokesman said: “Scotland is considered to be one of the most progressive countries in Europe regarding LGBTI equality, and Pride Glasgow is a fantastic event that brings communities together and celebrates all that LGBTI people contribute to Scottish life.
“As a society we must champion equality and fairness at all times and defend the progress that has been made.” Ed: Hmmmm. Doesn’t quite tie in with the city motto, does it: “Let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of Thy word and the praising of Thy name.”
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