Sunday, September 11, 2011

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

The Processional Hymn at Mass today was written by Father Frederick Faber.

After realizing that the unfortunate war of words that began on another blog have still not ceased for some folks on the blogosphere, I have to say that the following stanzas of this hymn were especially welcome.  I was reminded of an incident where St. Therese was falsely accused of making a noise.  "Burning to defend herself, she ran away".

Let it go, people. For the love of Jesus, will you let it go?

"But we make His love too narrow
By false limits of our own;
And we magnify His strictness
With a zeal He will not own.
 Was there ever kinder shepherd
Half so gentle, half so sweet,
As the Savior who would have us
Come and gather at His feet?"


  1. Did not know that hymn. Sooo beautiful!

  2. Hi Allison, here is a link to the music. I love this melody because to it, we always sing the hymn to St. Therese at the Triduum preceding her feast day at the Carmelite Monastery. But I also love the words that Father Faber wrote and they were just what I needed to hear today. enjoy!


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