Sunday, December 20, 2015
The Sound of Music
Number of rosaries done in reparation for the desecration of the Eucharist:28
Number of people signed up for daily rosaries for this intention: 1
In the USA, on ABC tonight they are showing the 1960s movie "The Sound of Music" about the Von Trapp family in Austria right around the time of the Anschluss with Germany in 1938. I mention it only because it is a distinctly Catholic movie. The rites and rituals, the cloistered nuns in their abbey singing in Latin, are all reminiscent of the Church that so many of us have been robbed of.
In no way does it show that all the Austrians at the time were devout followers in some idealized version of the past. But they show the that the Truths of the Faith were accepted and followed. Rather than showing nuns only "on a bus", they show nuns faithfully following the rules of their order with complete devotion to their vows in service to God while wearing the habits of their order. It is a quite remarkable and beautiful thing to watch. And the presentation of the interior of the Cathedral during the wedding is remarkable and moving.
Beyond the presentation of the Faith and the Church in this movie, the presentation of European civilization, whether in the folk songs, the food and desserts, or even in the Imperial title that Captain Von Trapp possesses as an honour from the Austrian Emperor (that as of 1938 had been removed from his throne for almost 20 years) gives us a presentation of a counter argument that we have heard for decades -- that which was alive and well, which was believed and assumed, is dead and gone. Good riddance.
This movie shows the old Faith and old Europe. As with the presence of the Nazis, it is not idealized. But we need to get to the place where we no longer apologize for who we are, what are ancestors were and what the Faith is.
Others will destroy the 3 dimensional aspects of our Faith if we do not show confidence in our Faith and in our heritage. Churches can be destroyed. Priests, nuns and monks can be killed and martyred. Crosses can be abolished and declared "Verboten!" But the Faith will continue.
A perpetual reminder on this blog: The Church can never be destroyed and I will not longer accept the premise that it can. It cannot.