My wife noted the third verse of John Foley’s song rather apt this Advent. He channels James 5:9:

Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged.

One of our retired priests made an offhand remark about a “minor key song” the first week. Not favorable, I took it, as can you. It wasn’t a favorite of mine from the otherwise fine collection Gentle Night. But maybe it takes maturity, a second or third listen, or something. Liturgy Committee suggested it as entrance for the Sundays of this season–not what I would have chosen, but I’m not disappointed.

It wasn’t one of my beloved’s faves. My predecessor in her parish used to do it, but very very slowly. My tempo on most liturgical songs exceeds the speed limit set by composers. Not too much on this one.

Getting back to my wife, she noted the infighting about Bishop Sheen, Pope Francis, the parish renovation here, and the usual intra-choir fussing. Maybe we need that reminder from the SLJ’s: Do not grumble, one against the other. Judgment in the song is implied, rather than spelled out.

I don’t think mature Christians need it to be spelled out. We grumble at our own risk, eyes wide open.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Grumble

  1. Liam says:

    When Christmastide comes, just be sure to convert the Greensleeves tune from either Dorian (the original folk song) or Aeolian (how the hymn is typically set) to major….

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