Praise the Lord

Pope Francis has spoken a number of times (including here and here) about our need to praise God:

“Those, who are closed in the formality of a prayer that is cold, stingy [It. misurata], might end up as Michal, in the sterility of her formality.” The Pope asked, then, [that we] imagine David dancing, “with all his might before the Lord,” and that, “we think how beautiful it is to make the prayer of praise.”

While it’s somewhat unfortunate that the Hillsong Church (recently featured in this brief CBS report on the New York City branch) refuses to accept the fullness of truth which subsists in the Catholic Church and the grace which flows to us through the sacraments, they certainly model for us the type of fully-engaged self-giving praise to which our Holy Father may be referring (which would NOT be appropriate for Sunday Mass, but would be ideal for a mid-week prayer meeting).  Check out the first 20 minutes of their praise at today’s service in Australia:

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