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“… that the nations may know they are but men.”

From Psalm 9, Tuesday’s reading at the office of Prime:

“Arise, O Lord, let not man prevail; let the nations be judged in Thy sight.
Appoint, O Lord, a ruler over them, that the nations may know they are but men.”

This seems pertinent to a recent discussion at W4. I think it’s safe to say that the desire to be governed – in this world – by a just man, a monarch, is deeply rooted in the Christian soul. That’s not to say that other non-monarchial systems are illegitimate, but ultimately we want to be ruled by God’s vicar. The psalmist describes the unhappy alternative: man prevails on earth, assigning to himself god-like powers and usurping God’s prerogatives.


January 16, 2014 - Posted by | Catholic Faith, Culture


  1. Sancrucensis just put up a piece on this issue.


    Comment by BM | January 17, 2014 | Reply

  2. Thank you, BM. I was given a copy of Schindler’s book and just couldn’t get through it at the time. I seem to be allergic to the kind of theological language he employs. No doubt a defect on my part. I hope to make another effort someday.


    Comment by Blogmaster | January 17, 2014 | Reply

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