Because We Could All Use a Little Mercy Now

I was in Nashville Wednesday, but I did not stop by the Grand Old Opry, or I might have heard Mary Gauthier offer this beautiful prescription for what ails us. I offer this in response to Frank’s posts about the abuse scandal, including yesterday’s “conversation” with Gen. George Washington. I don’t know the answer to the current situation, but I’m sure mercy is part of the recipe.

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  • Julie Cragon

    Off the subject, next time in Nashville, stop by St. Mary's Bookstore. Four floors of every reason to be Catholic you could ever imagine. One block down from the Cathedral.

  • Frank

    I don't know the answers either, nor can they be summed up in the sound-bite of a blog post. I have to believe, though, that all eight of the beatitudes must and will come into play as the current situation unfolds. See below from the Catholic Encyclopedia at New Advent,The solemn blessings (beatitudines, benedictiones) which mark the opening of the Sermon on the Mount, the very first of Our Lord's sermons in the Gospel of St. Matthew (5:3-10). Four of them occur again in a slightly different form in the Gospel of St. Luke (6:22), likewise at the beginning of a sermon, and running parallel to Matthew 5-7, if not another version of the same. And here they are illustrated by the opposition of the four curses (24-26). The fuller account and the more prominent place given the Beatitudes in St. Matthew are quite in accordance with the scope and the tendency of the First Gospel, in which the spiritual character of the Messianic kingdom — the paramount idea of the Beatitudes — is consistently put forward, in sharp contrast with Jewish prejudices. The very peculiar form in which Our Lord proposed His blessings make them, perhaps, the only example of His sayings that may be styled poetical — the parallelism of thought and expression, which is the most striking feature of Biblical poetry, being unmistakably clear. The text of St. Matthew runs as follows: •Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 3) •Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. (Verse 4) •Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Verse 5) •Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. (Verse 6) •Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Verse 7) •Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Verse 8) •Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Verse 9) •Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)The persecuted Church today has much in common with the good thief, St. Dismas from the passage in Luke below,Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Mercifully (and thankfully!) Our Lord said, Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.Thanks be to God.

  • Daily Grace

    I wasn't familar with this artist or song before watching this video clip. The lyrics are so moving and all I keep thinking while I listen is "For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and the whole world".Great post.

  • Allison

    Yes, I didn't know her either. I appreciate your sharing, Webster. Lovely and true.

  • Fan of Schall

    Never knew her mother, adopted by an Italian Catholic couple, struggled with her lesbianism, spent time in drug rehab, celebrated her 18th birthday in jail, and wrote her first song at the age of 35. Mary Gauthier authentically understands that suffering produces a greater good in some form.

  • Allison

    I am listening her to youtube right now. Great artist who has struggled mightily and bravely in her life. I'm really happy W. introduced us to her!

  • Webster Bull

    @ Fan of Schall, My dumb luck, or the Holy Spirit? I was out gardening yesterday afternoon, listening to "Nanci Griffith Radio" on Pandora Radio, and on comes this song. I dropped my tools, padded inside in muddy shoes, and wrote this post. The song spoke to me, is all. But now I want to know more about Mary Gauthier. Thanks!