Fr. Schall on Mercy

Fr. Schall on Mercy
"Mercy is a response to the repentant. It does not change the unrepentant. It often hardens them. Technically, mercy extends to sin of whatever kind or species. But mercy does not forgive. God in His mercy forgives. Mercy is contingent on the sinner’s acknowledgement that he is responsible for something objectively wrong in his acts or thoughts." (Fr. James V. Schall S. J.)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sundays are for Beauty - Bach

That's the Freiburg (Germany) Baroque Orchestra performing J. S. Bach's third Brandenburg Concerto. He wrote six of them and they are widely regarded as among the finest musical compositions of the Baroque era. Most readers of this Blog are very familiar with the second, which served as the theme for William F. Buckley's Firing Line debate show on PBS for so many years.

The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra has been in existence since 1987, and performs around the world. This chamber ensemble is a specialty, and even if you prefer horns to strings (as I do, but I love that harpsichord), you have to admit they make beautiful music. Have a beautiful Sunday.