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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 »

  1. Thank you for your faith-filled instructions, reminding us everyday of His Unconditional Love…what peace this brings to every heart. God Bless you forever,
    Fr. George! Blessings & Love, Marianne.

    Comment by mcs | July 27, 2015 | Reply

  2. What a lovely story, Father. I have never seen this play, but if the chance ever comes up, I would go to see it.
    I always love hearing about a kind- hearted person who wants to help someone less fortunate, but who he knows has real potential just because of God’s unconditional love for him. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by JoAnn V. | July 28, 2015 | Reply

  3. one of the all time best novels
    I loved it

    Comment by Mike McKenna | July 28, 2015 | Reply

  4. Hi Fr. George! How are you feeling today? I hope that you are feeling good and are happy. Thank you for this beautiful post. I too have never seen the play and really knew nothing about it except for that song. Thanks for filling me in. I will often listen to song lyrics and think, yes, Jesus could be singing this. I feel that some of the best songs might have had the Holy Spirit enlightening the lyricist.

    Very HOT here! Hottest month on record. Today is going to be 95! Too hot for me. They have said that the apple crop is going to suffer due to the drought conditions. Oh no! Not our famous Washington apples. Our little garden is doing well because we water it daily.

    Thinking of you daily and praying for you often, my dear friend! When you read this, if you could whisper a little prayer for my friend, Kelly, who just had a breast biopsy yesterday and awaiting results. Please pray for no cancer for her – she is a dear person to me!

    Love you, Fr. George! Stay safe and happy.

    Love,
    Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Kolember Westvang | July 31, 2015 | Reply

  5. P.S. Just noticed the caption on the picture you included. I’ll have to look for that statue if we do go to Madrid next year!

    Comment by Nancy Kolember Westvang | July 31, 2015 | Reply


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