In Father Hines’ interview with author Christine Sunderland, she remarked how one of her favorite authors’ criticisms was that her sentences were sometimes too long.  Then, also commenting that Christine’s father was a Protestant minister, attributed the writing style to the influence of the Psalms – the “rhythm and the dance that becomes a part of you, a kind of life poem”.
“The Psalms are fabulous – some of them are pretty scary” reminding us that we reap what we sew, the last ones, in particular  is about “burning cities”.
Father responded that the justice of God is to give you what you want, but the mercy of God saves us from destroying ourselves.
He cited that Israel was led into captivity as an instance of travail and suffering.  While a severe tonic, it was meant to spare the people from a worse fate.

1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

6 If I do not remember

thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

7 Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.

8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us

9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.


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Part 3 Fr. Hines’ Interview with Christine Sunderland – The Psalms

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