Sunday, June 14, 2015

Monteverdi's Beatus Vir & Weekly Roundup

I love this performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s magnificent Beatus Vir.  The piece is a musical setting to Psalm 112, which begins

Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commandments! (Psalm 112: 1)

It goes on to detail all the various ways in which a man is blessed if he fears the Lord, whereas

The wicked man sees it and is angry;
he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
the desire of the wicked man comes to nought. (Psalm 112: 10)

As it happens, a number of my posts from the past week (see links below) deal with the fact that human flourishing depends on our acknowledging the Lordship of God, and following his commandments; the same eternal truth is captured in Monteverdi’s ageless music.

Weekly Roundup

It’s starting to feel like summer here at Principium et Finis World Headquarters.  This last week saw some old stuff (but Worth Revisiting, as they say), and some new.  The theme for the week seems to have been the corruption of this world but, also, the saving Grace of God.  After all, our Hope is in The Lord, not in our human institutions . . . thanks be to God.

“Living in the Age of Esau”  [HERE] Bowl of pottage, anyone? 

“Compline: For Tonight and Forever” [HERE] Night Prayer prepares us for our evening rest, and for our eternal rest 

"Does It Need To Be ‘As Bad As Iran' To Be Bad Enough?” [HERE] We ought to resist the growing trend toward marginalizing Christians and Christianity, even if it’s not as bad here in the West as it could be . . . yet

“Who Dares To Tell The Emperor He’s Naked?” [HEREL’affaire Jenner leads to a discussion of where we are heading as a society . . . and it’s not good 

“St. Peregrinus, a bishop who gave his life in the cause of peace” [HERE] St. Peregrinus is but one example of what Jesus meant when he said his followers would be persecuted for his sake