At a recent event, we listened to the song, "Open the Eyes of my Heart." We will refrain from commenting on the musical composition of this song since its putridness should be apparent to anyone who knows about music. However, it dawned on us that the lyrics to this song can be seen as heretical. Let us look at them:
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see you
I want to see you
For the sake of making our point, let's look at the lyrics of a Eucharistic hymn written by the Doctor:
Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
The most important lines to keep in mind in St. Thomas's song are the first and the last: "Down in adoration falling, Lo! the sacred host we hail," and "Faith for all defects supplying, where the feeble senses fail." Firstly, we recognize from the outset in singing Thomas's hymn that we are confronted with God in the sacred Eucharist. Secondly, we recognize from this hymn that our senses cannot perceive God in the host and that we must rely on faith: a rational assent to something heard from an external source.
Now, granted that "Open the Eyes of my Heart" is not a Eucharistic hymn. However, we heard it played as a Eucharistic hymn. We intend to show that used in the context of a Eucharistic hymn the song is heretical. Used outside of a Eucharistic context, it is still heretical because it falls into vital immanence, that doctrine which we expounded so brilliantly in Pascendi Domini Gregis.
As a Eucharistic hymn, "Open the Eyes of my Heart" simply denies the Eucharist. When singing the Tantum Ergo, we immediately recognize Christ in the host. In the other song, we first petition God so that we might see Him. Well, if He is present in the Eucharist, then why do we need to ask to see Him? We state "I want to see you," but He is right in front of us as the sacred host. It is an abomination to use this as a Eucharistic hymn.
Once again, we grant that this is not normally a Eucharistic hymn, so let us take it as only a hymn. We first petition God to open our eyes so that we may see Him. Not out normal eyes, however. We ask that He open the eyes of our hearts. We interpret this as a denial of Thomist realism that a true and external reality exists independent of us and that sense perception is a means for obtaining Truth. Instead, this song proposes that we will be able to see God through our heart. Thus, it seems to be petitioning God for a personal, emotional experience. Indeed, it goes even further than that. It implies that the only way we can see God is through a personal, emotional experience since it presumes at the outset of the song that we cannot see God and that he needs to open the eyes of our hearts in order for us to see Him. Final analysis: vital immanence. No Catholic should partake in singing this heretical hymn that is an assault on the Almighty.