Merton Monday, the second Monday of every month on Sinden.org, features an excerpt from the writing of Thomas Merton:
The Church indeed likes what is old, not because it is old but rather it is "young." In the Psalms, we drink divine praise at its pure and stainless source, in all its primitive sincerity and perfection.
Merton, Thomas. Praying the Psalms, p. 7. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1956.
I think it would be an apt reversal of Merton's thinking to say that what is young ("Praise music") is "old". Tired, worn-out, inauthentic.
You gotta love the Psalms. The source.
Labels: authenticity, Psalms, Thomas Merton
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