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A Rightful Place

posted Jul 26, 2017, 12:33 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 12:34 PM ]
In the current issue of
Today's Liturgy, (a quarterly publication for liturgy preparation) composer Steve Angrisano says “'A Rightful Place' is a special song for me. The text is based on a quote from Saint Augustine:

‘Let us live our lives so that all might see,
That our hearts are restless ‘till they rest in Thee’


The second line of the chorus,

‘Let us build your kingdom in truth and grace
so that all might know they have a rightful place’


was inspired by the scene of Pope Francis washing the feet of teenage prisoners on his first Holy Thursday.

I often say that neither Jesus nor Pope Francis are rule breakers, but they are indeed point makers! I am reminded of Jesus being urged by Jewish leaders to come sit with them. He was, after all, their invited guest. Instead, he sat with the sinners and prostitutes at a lower place and ultimately answered, ‘Well people do not need a physician, sick people do.’

That’s the challenge of our faith isn’t it? Not to simply satisfy ourselves in making beautiful liturgy, but also to be a people who, filled with the body of Christ, are inspired to walk out into the word and to BE the body of Christ.”

Together in your presence we came
to be one in spirt, in truth and name;
strengthened by the body of Christ,
taking up the call now to share your light
with all the world.