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The Unlimited Love Of Christ

Dulcinea (1957), sculpture by F. Coullaut-Valera, in Madrid (Spain), via Wikipedia

Dulcinea (1957),
sculpture by F. Coullaut-Valera,
in Madrid (Spain), via Wikipedia

Over the years of my life, one stage play, a musical, The Man of La Mancha, has inspired me to a deeper appreciation of Our Lord’s love for us. Its setting lies in the Middle Ages. In the story, a gallant knight, in his travels, meets a woman of low reputation, one rejected and scorned by her townsfolk. No one is encouraging her to rise from her sad state in life.

The poet knight however, sees virtue and goodness in her true nature. He affirms the woman with unconditional love. This love says, “You are good! Christ loves you! You are precious to Him! He doesn’t care about your past! Believe in His undying love for you!” At first, she rebels against his efforts, but gradually she begins to take his words to heart and throws off her old ways of living.

No one has ever spoken to her in this manner. A new life begins for the once despairing woman. In time, the Christian knight gives her a name, Dulcinea, meaning, “Sweetness”. He keeps reminding her of her beauty and loveliness. On his deathbed, he calls her to his bedside and reminds her again of her name, Dulcinea, and sings the famous song, “To Dream the Impossible Dream.” To fight unbeatable foe, to reach for the unreachable star, to bear with unbearable sorrow, to dream, the impossible dream.

This was his final encouragement to her to help her persevere in goodness. In my thinking, The Man of La Mancha stands as a parable of the love that Christ, the Lord of Divine Mercy, has for all of us. Dulcinea comes across as a Resurrection person rising from death to a new life of goodness. In disbelief, many cannot accept the unconditional love Christ has for us.

They ask, “You mean the Lord has the same love for all, no matter what our past track record has been?” Yes, He has the same respect for saints and sinners and all in between. All share equally in His Love. Believe this wholeheartedly! This Jesus can bring to life habits of goodness we thought long dead. Objections fill the air . . . “I haven’t prayed in years. My love for God has died out, only ashes remain. My heart lies like stone within me, with love for no one there. I can’t see God’s Presence in this violent world.”

Believe it or not, the Lord’s Love for us has never stopped. But He needs our cooperation to make this love effective in our lives. In the story above, Dulcinea changed when she opened her heart to the unconditional Love coming from Christ. May we all do the same.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

July 27, 2015 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , | 5 Comments

The Joy Of Music

Diane Bish – The Joy of Music

Diane Bish – The Joy of Music

“Welcome to the Joy of Music”, and with these words, Ms. Diane Bish begins her TV program of organ selections. Ms. Bish, the best known woman organist in the USA, speaks of the evening’s program and then seats herself at the console of one of the great pipe organs in the world.

Only an organ virtuoso like Ms. Bish can bring out the full potential of such a highly sophisticated musical instrument. With her fingers plying the banks of keys, her feet touching the foot pedals, and now and then, her hands pulling out different “stops” to bring in the sound of various musical instruments, she creates magnificent music for her listeners.

I have always pictured the Holy Spirit as a young organist exercising divine skills on the awesome instrument of my soul. Scripture says, “I am wonderfully made!” If invited to play, the Spirit will bring out the full potential of my inner being.

Our lives give off music. The “stops”, or knobs, next to the keyboards of a high quality organ, correspond to all the qualities that enrich life, such as joy, peace, love, patience, trust, faith and a hundred other gifts that would enable our lives to give inspiring music to the world.

During troubling times, we should beg the Spirit to be the organist on the instrument of our soul. If we sense monotony, boredom in our lives, this means we are allowing poorly trained organists to play on our precious “wonderfully made” inner spirit. “Come Holy Spirit!”

 

Fr. George Mc Kenna

July 18, 2015 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , | 1 Comment