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Catholic Word of the Day: MORALITY OF MUSIC, 02-25-14
| Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
Posted on 02/25/2014 7:16:50 AM PST by Salvation
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MORALITY OF MUSIC
The recognized fact that music and song, apart from the words used, have the ability to arouse either noble or base feelings and emotions in the persons who hear a melody. The reason for this emotional influence seems to lie deeper than the familiar association of ideas with certain music or song. It involves something inherent in all musical rhythm to evoke a human response that is either morally elevating or degrading, depending partly on the listener but also on what is heard.
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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; music
Hopefully the music you hear is morally elevating, but I've experienced music that was not, too, so I sympathize with those of you who still experience that.
posted on 02/25/2014 7:16:50 AM PST
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posted on 02/25/2014 7:23:09 AM PST
("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
Sometimes one is just in the mood for Halestorm or Disturbed.
posted on 02/25/2014 7:26:52 AM PST
(I've forgotten most of those languages, but I remember the joke.)
On the one hand, there is pop music, which is certainly no longer supported by the people in the ancient sense (populus). It is aimed at the phenomenon of the masses, is industrially produced, and ultimately has to be described as a cult of the banal. Rock, on the other hand, is the expression of elemental passions, and at rock festivals it assumes a cultic character, a form of worship, in fact, in opposition to Christian worship. People are, so to speak, released from themselves by the experience of being part of a crowd and by the emotional shock of rhythm, noise, and special lighting effects. However, in the ecstasy of having all their defenses torn down, the participants sink, as it were, beneath the elemental force of the universe. The music of the Holy Spirits sober inebriation seems to have little chance when self has become a prison, the mind is a shackle, and breaking out from both appears as a true promise of redemption that can be tasted at least for a few moments.
Pope Benedict XVI, The Spirit of the Liturgy, p 148
posted on 02/25/2014 4:26:47 PM PST
(Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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