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To: Mrs. Don-o

“That’s an interesting quote, dsc. Where’s it from?”

Fr. John Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary, posted on the word of the day list.

“Nothing lewd, rude or crude with that”

Her body language was lewd, intentionally or not. Whether she intended it or not, that kind of music is intended to—and does—raise base feelings.

I did not say that I deplored all kinds of music and dance. I said I deplore that kind of music and dance.

“Recall that allegedly offensive music—and dancing!—caused Saul’s daughter Michal, to reject her husband David…But there’s no indication he was at fault in this instance.”


6:17. And they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle, which David had pitched for it: and David offered holocausts, and peace offerings before the Lord.

6:18. And when he had made an end of offering holocausts and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.

6:19. And he distributed to all the multitude of Israel, both men and women, to every one, a cake of bread, and a piece of roasted beef, and fine flour fried with oil: and all the people departed every one to his own house.

6:20. And David returned to bless his own house: and Michol the daughter of Saul coming out to meet David, said: How glorious was the king of Israel to day, uncovering himself before the handmaids of his servants, and was naked, as if one of the buffoons should be naked.

6:21. And David said to Michol: Before the Lord, who chose me rather than thy father, and than all his house, and commanded me to be ruler over the people of the Lord in Israel,

6:22. I will both play and make myself meaner than I have done: and I will be little in my own eyes: and with the handmaids of whom thou speakest, I shall appear more glorious.

6:23. Therefore Michol the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.

It sounds to me like he was naked in front of the hot chicks.

The sisters used to tell my mother and her classmates, “A girl who will chew gum will smoke, and a girl who will smoke will swear, and a girl who will swear will drink, and we all know what a girl who will drink will do.”

Be that as it may, I think we all know what a king who will get naked in front of the hot chicks will do.

Good on Michol. She turned an adulterer out of her bed.

“Remember, too, that to cheer up her nuns, St. Teresa of Avila—Doctor of the Church—handed out tambourines, and danced with castanets.”

Tambourines, castanets, and voices were probably the best they had to offer. I cannot prove it, but I am confident that both their music and dance were of the sort that arouses noble feelings and emotions.

James MacMillan, director of music at the Dominican-run St Columba’s Church in Glasgow, and head of Musica Sacra Scotland, an initiative aimed at reviving chant-based worship in the Scottish Catholic Church, wrote, “The use of simple unadorned melodies from the Catholic treasury of tradition and its great reservoir of musical heritage is the most prayerful and respectful way a Catholic can raise his or her voice at the altar of God.”

I don’t think it can be said any better than that.

46 posted on 03/22/2014 5:53:29 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dsc
First of all, your interpretation deprecating David is far from the common one, since you repeat Michal's slander that he was "naked" (some translations say "half-naked" or "lightly clad")--- Michal's interpretation --- when actually he was wearing a linen ephod, the common garment of the lowest and youngest of the priestly ranks.

Michal's objection was that it was unbefitting a king to be girded with a linen ephod, a tightly fitting garment, which left him free to exert himself in the dance. It was regarded by Michal as an act of renunciation of royal splendor, as it was a dress worn even by a child when admitted to service in a priest's family (1 Samuel 2:18). Clearly David meant to rank himself for the time among the humblest servitors of the ark.

There is nothing in the text to make one think she was turning an "adulterer" out of her bed. His casting aside his heavy royal robes --- the equivalenmt of the papal Cappa Magna --- was unquestionably done as an act of religious homage, his attitudes and dress being symbolic of humility, ardor, thankfulness, and devotion.

I feel sorry for Michal. David laid aside his robes as a symbol that, though he was royalty, because of his joy in the Lord he was content to wear the common garment of the lowest servant of the temple. I think her objection was not to his nudity (he would not have been nude, in any case) but to his humility.

Look. Sr. Cristina was not doing anything lewd. Her body language was both nunnish (those big clomping schoolmarm shoes) and childish (the waving and giggling). It's not like she was even gyrating or jiggling, let alone grinding and twerking. Ladies in cake mix commercials are lascivious compared to that little Sicilian sister.

And look again. This would be scandalous if it were presented illegitimately as liturgical music (I speak as one of the founding members of our parish Schola Latina! I can't stand Marty Haugen! So there!)--- I'm completely WITH your James McMillan --- but it's not liturgy you're seeing here, it's evangelization.

Lewd? Inappropriate? Are you kidding? The very first step in evangelization is to show people you have a heart, a soul, a God-given human personality that appeals to THEIRS and that respects THEIRS. An open countenance, a cry of recognition, a word in your own language.

This Sr. Cristina has shown she speaks the "language" of pop rock very well, and she has come to meet the rockers and rappers in. their. world. That blasts down walls and opens hearts. If that doesn't open the door of Evangelization, what does? 

Nuff not. I'm out of steam. I'm going to bed with --- thanks to our Cristina -- a smile. One for you, too, my dear fellow Musica Sacra dsc.

48 posted on 03/22/2014 7:21:42 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Vidi aquam egredientem de templo a latere dextro. Alleluia, alleluia.)
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