Thursday, January 01, 2009

Making Beautiful Music

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Some nagging health issues, work and the holidays have conspired to keep me from updating my blog more regularly. However, one of my New Year's resolutions is to post here at least once or twice a week.

Over at Beggars All, I have been participating in an enjoyable discussion with Carrie, who is one of the regular contributors to that blog, of issues pertaining to a book titled "Plain Facts for Fair Minds" by George Searle, New York: The Catholic Book Exchange (1895), and how the Catholic Church views the Holy Bible. During that discussion, I remembered an analogy my old parish priest, Monsignor Halter, once told us kids some 35 years ago in religion class while we were preparing for Confirmation when he was explaining the role of the Church, Sacred Tradition and the Scriptures with each other. I thought it would share it with you. Here it is as best I can recollect:

"Imagine that the Church/Body of Christ as a symphony orchestra. The individual instruments of all kinds are the people who make up the Church. The Scriptures are the sheets of music that the orchestra is to play. Tradition is the training each person receives in order to play their instrument correctly and the Magisterium is the conductor to make sure that the Orchestra plays together.

All of these things are equally important for the Orchestra to produce a beautiful symphony. Without the sheets of music/Scripture, the Orchestra would not what to play; without the training/Tradition, the music could not be played correctly and without the conductor/Magisterium, the Orchestra, no matter how talented each player was, could not play together harmoniously."

Catholics revere Holy Scriptures as much as Protestants. Moreso, for when the Scriptures, Tradition and the Magisterium all fulfill their roles, beautiful music is made for the salvation of souls. Amen.

1 comment:

Agellius said...

I enjoyed your comment to James Swan at Beggars All, on the Sungenis/Armstrong post. I followed your profile to your blog and enjoyed the most recent post here as well. I will put you in my favorites and check back occasionally in hope that you might start posting more often.