31st October

When we try to describe special experiences – especially those of a spiritual nature – mere words pray-for-mercyon their own can be very inadequate. One expression that captures this is “A picture paints a thousand words” – like the art depicting Our Lord’s Life, Passion, Death and Resurrection. Poetry works in a similar fashion. When I was in secondary school I routinely learned off ‘Song for Simeon’ by TS Eliot about the Presentation in the Temple. Afterwards ‘the light came on’ and I was able to appreciate it in a completely new way. Now whenever I pray the Fourth Joyful Mystery I mediate on images from this beautiful poem. (If you are interested, Google song for simeon ts eliot).

Recently Pope Benedict XVI spoke how the soul’s experience of the presence of God can be such a profound inspiration for music. Such is the case for a hymn from today’s Brievary ‘Immortal, Invisible, God only wise’. Assuming you have sound on your PC/tablet/smartphone, it can be heard at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZsSRaaHKGA