N THE OLDEN DAYS, books and monographs were often added to other books, being bound together. For example, I posses copies of the 1851 Reims-Cambrai edition of Gregorian Chant bound together with supplements printed decades later. (Perhaps an expert in bookbinding could explain why this was done.) In any event, bound together with CHURCH MUSIC, by Sir Richard Runciman Terry, was this article by Father Robert Nash, SJ, with an IMPRIMATUR from 1943:
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—Religious instruction by Father Robert Nash, SJ.
While it doesn’t deal directly with church music, it does mention figures important to our readers: Cardinal Wiseman, Saint Noël Chabanel, and so on.
It also deals with being “known” by God—something many readers will remember Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen speaking about in his inimitable and powerful way:
Now the Judge, our Blessed Lord, looks into the soul in the state of Grace. He sees there the resemblance of His Nature, and just as a mother knows her child because that child shares her nature, so, too, God knows His own children by resemblance of Nature. If we are born of Him, He knows it. Seeing in that soul the Divine Likeness, the sovereign Judge says to us, “Come, ye blessed of My Father. I have taught you to pray Our Father. I am the Natural Son, you the adopted son. Come into the Kingdom I have prepared for you from all Eternity.” (Matthew 25:34)
Now let us look at the other soul. It does not possess the family traits of the Trinity, and as a mother knows that her neighbor’s son is not her own, because there is no sharing in her nature, so, too, our Lord, seeing in the sinful soul no likeness of His own can only say those words—terrible words, which signify non-recognition—“I know you not.” (Matthew 25:12) And it is a terrible thing not to be known by God.