Thursday, May 18, 2006

A Psalm of Praise

I am off to Europe for a couple of weeks. I can't imagine I will be blogging much. I'll be doing Theology on Tap in Rome next Wednesday, I think. If you are in Rome, please do come and say hello.

Okay, so starting today, big-budget blasphemy will be echoing off movie screens all over the world. This is a tragedy. In addition to Othercotting DVC by going to see Over the Hedge this weekend, lets all commit ourselves to raising our voices in praise and reparation. So that when God looks down on the earth, He sees more love than sneering and blasphemy.

I invite all Christians to join me in prayer that the harm of The Da Vinci Code will be mitigated through the mercy of God, and also that our sacrifice of praise will console the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.


Psalm 145

I will exalt you, my God, the King. I will praise your name forever and ever.

Every day I will praise you. I will extol your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised! His greatness is unsearchable.

One generation will commend your works to another, and will declare your mighty acts.

Of the glorious majesty of your honor, of your wondrous works, I will meditate.

Men will speak of the might of your awesome acts. I will declare your greatness.

They will utter the memory of your great goodness, and will sing of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious, merciful, slow to anger, and of great loving kindness.

The Lord is good to all. His tender mercies are over all his works.

All your works will give thanks to you, O Lord. Your saints will extol you.

They will speak of the glory of your kingdom, and talk about your power;

to make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, the glory of the majesty of his kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. Your dominion endures throughout all generations. Yahweh is faithful in all his words, and loving in all his deeds.

The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all those who are bowed down.

The eyes of all wait for you. You give them their food in due season.

You open your hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and gracious in all his works.

The Lord is near to all those who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him. He also will hear their cry, and will save them.

Yahweh preserves all those who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord. Let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever!


H.D. said...

Why do you all think alike here? The Da Vinci Code may be a verbose, philosophical, tell-it-don't-show-it yawn, but people (the people, not the idiot critics) are flocking to it. Why? Because they want to HEAR what's being said. The words. They actually want to hear them. You dismiss the 'people' as mediocre, of the devil. Banal. They liked Barabbas, too, you say.

But Barabbas wasn't a thief, he was a liberal, a rebel, a political activist. That's why the people chose him. They were into Freedom. Did Christ condem them?

They -- the mediocre, the banal -- aren't flocking to see Da Vinci Code because they're anti-Christian or anti-Catholic. They're anti-dogma, tired of a Church that adulates suffering (the surplice, self-flaggelation) and kills in the name of God and its beliefs. Any beliefs, any God.

The world is hungry for an alternative to the cult of fear promoted by an outmoded Christianity and the Catholic Church for centures. Of late, they've created a right-wing God who wants us his true followers to vote a certain way, who sanctions wars and acts of terrorism. Praise be to Allah, while we're at it!

With you, however, I was surprised at how much the movie bashed the Church -- much more than Brown's book. But, people (albeit chosen) it needed to be done. In time you will see why.

People want it done; they want a renewed Faith, not a renewal of an old faith that has sadly failed to protect the world and bring peace to its people.

Watch the box office on this -- especially in Rome and Italy, God's cradle -- and tell me the Holy of Holies aren't embracing this new way of seeing Christ and God -- a God who doesn't hate gays, who doesn't hate liberals, who doesn't hate...

Who just plain doesn't hate.

And those of us rejoicing because Howard & Hanks,, have dared open the windows and let in the fresh air and light, we don't need to disrobe and dance in the aisles. Rest assured. No nude orgies, here. Look around. We're beside you in the theater, no longer invisible, dancing in our hearts.

Peace and Truth,


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