MUSIC is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates, and does all those incredible things.
Tom Petty 1950-2017
Tom Petty is one of many people who feel called to muse about the mystery we call music.
There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.
Pythagoras 582BC-497 BC
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
Plato 427BC – 347BC
I call architecture frozen music.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Victor Hugo 1802-1882
Where words fail, music speaks.
Hans Christian Anderson 1805-1875
Music is the universal language of mankind.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Berthold Auerbach 1812-1882
Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with his gracious presence.
I try to apply color like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
A nation that has no music and no fairy tales is a tragedy.
Ai Weiwei 1950
And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased.’
According to the evangelist, the angels “said” this. But Christianity has always understood that the speech of angels is actually song….
And so, from that moment, the angels’ song of praise has never gone silent. It continues down the centuries in constantly new forms and it resounds ever anew at the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI JESUS of NAZARETH, The Infancy Narratives
The most beautiful “Ave Maria” I have ever heard is actually called, “The Most Beautiful ‘Ave Maria’ I’ve ever heard”. Google the title or click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66zUY8UZn4M .
Here is the text. Use it as you sing along.
fructus ventris tui, Iesus.
ora pro nobis
nunc et in hora
This music video features the Visitation scene from Franco Zeffirelli’s, JESUS OF NAZARETH, 1977.
The music is the “Ave Maria” by Michael Lorenc. Russian soprano Olga Szyrowa is singing, oh, so very beautifully.
Mary, newly pregnant with Jesus, is assisted by neighbors and sent off by her mother Ann, to visit her cousin Elizabeth, pregnant with John the Baptist.
Each mother greets the other and joy fills the scene.
I watched and learned to sing along… slowly, laboriously…loving it.
But then with a shocked wrenched heart, I remembered the rest of the story.
According to one world view, these joyfully anticipated babies came to a bad end. Jesus Christ and John the Baptist were captured and killed.
Beauty and ferocious evil are real.
“Therefore we must not in our own day conceal our faith in creation. We may not conceal it, for only if it is true that the universe comes from freedom, love, and reason, and that these are the real underlying powers, can we trust one another, go forward into the future, and live as human beings.”
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI ‘In the Beginning…’
Music can evoke terrible scorching longing. This longing hurts so much that some people lock the door to their heart. But longing can be a gift of God. C. S. Lewis said that we must learn to eat the food of heaven or starve to death eternally.
Feeling captured by a crisis pregnancy, parents fear that letting their baby live will kill their hopes and dreams.
Trusting Goodness Incarnate, these parents must learn to open their heart to the beautiful music this new baby is created to bring to their life.
If they are unable to learn this lesson before choosing abortion, God promises to meet them in their repentance, if they choose that while they still have time.
NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK
….. From the 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh Bench:
This accident and the ongoing recovery has reminded me just how fragile and vulnerable a human body is— When I read the daily accounts of my 40 Days for Life brothers and sisters in Christ during the first weeks of this vigil I feel I am transported to the sidewalk where you all stand in faith.
Human bodies are weak and broken and needy. Tiny ones need our voices, hurt and scared ones need our strength, the cold need warmth and many are hungry for sustenance of all types. In our Lord’s name you reach out your human hands and voices to provide comfort and hope. Please know you do not stand alone! Just as prayer has lifted me up during this healing time, know that I am honored and humbled to be a part of this body of Christ on the sidewalk seeking to wrap our arms around each life created in the image of God.
In Life and with Prayer, Jeannie
NOTES FROM THE OTHER SIDEWALK
JEN 7-9 SHIFT MANAGER
Tom and Diane got the vigil rolling this morning with their daily delivery of resources and inspiration. Talk about TRUST–giving up the time for this task twice a day for forty straight days, campaign after campaign, knowing that God will use their sacrifice for great good!
I was blessed to share the sidewalk with peaceful, prayerful Patty for the full shift. Thank you for being there this morning and for all you do in defense of Life!
Shortly after we began, a young man stopped to talk to us. He said that he knows abortion is wrong but that it has to be available in case of rape. We pointed out that the abortion would further traumatize the woman and that the child conceived is an innocent victim as well. While he wouldn’t concede either point, he was very respectful throughout and hopefully walked away with greater awareness that might one day change his mind.
Faithful Bill stopped by with an urgent prayer request for a troubling situation. Please pray for a young woman, possibly still a teenager, who is in her second trimester of pregnancy and in the throes of addiction. Pray for the baby, who will be born addicted, as well–if lucky enough to make it to birth at all. And pray for Bill, who is experiencing such anguish that he is unable to help them.
One of the last people who stopped to talk was a man who said that he has six girls and is now awaiting the birth of his seventh child. He happily accepted a yellow resource card.
Mary from St. Monica joined us at the end, planning to stay until 11 AM with shift manager Sue. Thank you both for allowing us to pass the baton to keep the vigil going!
SUE 9-11 SHIFT MANAGER
So prayerful this morning! I was blessed again today with a peaceful shift, along with fellow prayers Mary and Pat. We prayed, a lot.
There was quite a bit of foot traffic — Steeler game attendees. I always try not to get distracted (as a shift manager, this can be tricky), but sometimes I wonder what the passersby are thinking as they see our signs and hear us pray. I noticed that one man appeared to close his eyes for the entire time he was walking past PP. I wondered what that was all about — and if his eyes really were closed, as they appeared to be!
A few positive responses, but mostly people were just “neutral.” Many thanks to Pat and Mary for their faithfulness in prayer this morning. Our Lord hears, and He is getting ready to answer us in a big way or ways!!!
ROSEANN AND RICH 11-1 SHIFT MANAGERS
All was quiet from 11 to 1 p.m. today. We did not have one negative comment and had several people who were happy we were standing for life.
I could call it a good day but as long as abortions are performed at 933 Liberty Avenue, I’ll reserve calling it a good day until they close their doors for good.
Thanks to all who came to pray and witness today.
JEFF 1-3 SHIFT MANAGER
DAVE 3-5 SHIFT MANAGER
Prayer Warriors Cathy, Jim, and Philline united their prayers to change hearts on the front line.
Gods’ Grace is abundant !
JOE W. 5-7 SHIFT MANAGER
Dave hung out for half my shift evangelizing. So good to see him and catch up. Joe prayed humbly and relentlessly for the whole shift. Thank you Joe and well done.
I had the reward of some inspiring encounters with a fellow fighter for life, and a 16 yr old young man who was interested in the truth. God is so good.
For a losing home Steelers game my shift was fairly tame (the normal,“you don’t have a vag…” rants). Though, one man (20s) shoved his middle finger so close to my face he tickled my nose hairs. I can’t believe how fast those pesky hairs grow as I age.
It’s such a blessing to be a tiny part of this movement.
May God’s will be done in us.
And God saw that it was good.