I just love cartoons and this one teaches too!
And this from the blog, "The Hermeneutic of Continuity" concerning the hymn, "Blessed Assurance!" What he says is very important for musicians and choir directors to understand. We need to look at the words of songs to make sure the theology and/or doctrine is Catholic. We have borrowed heavily from Protestant metrical hymns, some of which are magnificent, but others of which are polemics against Catholic teaching. I would never have thought "Blessed Assurance" to be one of these because I love the singable tune and it is in our hymn book too. I wonder often about Luther's great hymn, "A Mighty Fortress is our God" and what hidden or overt message is in it concerning the Protestant Reformation. It's in our hymn book too, as is "Amazing Grace" and the worst of all, "Be Not Afraid" and "Eagle Wings." With the new Translation of the Mass, we'll have to be very careful about the new hymn book we will purchase for the parish. It will be fully Catholic, trust me!
From Hermeneutic of Continuity:
I was surprised to hear the other day that the hymn "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine" is sung in some Catholic Churches. It is apparently popular among devotees of a more charismatic kind of worship. Although at a push, the hymn could be interpreted in a Catholic sense, it is certainly not intended to be so understood. "Blessed assurance" is a watchword among evangelical protestants, referring to the certainty of predestination and certainty of the gift of perseverance for those who are among the elect.
As Catholics we do believe in predestination, in the sense that God has prepared eternal bliss for those whom he foresees, in his infinite wisdom, will merit eternal life. Here on earth, we are not certain of our "election" or of final perseverance. Such supposed certainty is a sin of presumption. We pray with confidence to our heavenly Father, knowing his mercy but not taking it for granted.
Hence, the Council of Trent condemned the following errors:
If any one saith, that a man, who is born again and justified, is bound of faith to believe that he is assuredly in the number of the predestinate; let him be anathema. (Council of Trent. Canons on Justification. canon 15.)
If any one saith, that he will for certain, of an absolute and infallible certainty, have that great gift of perseverance unto the end,-unless he have learned this by special revelation; let him be anathema. (canon 16.)
We do not have a "blessed assurance" but a blessed hope.