Sunday, December 19, 2010

Moody Blues...and Reds and Greens

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

Our Lady of Walsingham
Our Lady of Light...She is already
How about Our Lady of R-G-B?

Isn't life strange.  A turn of the page. 

Yesterday evening we attended a wonderful vigil Mass at Our Lady of Walsingham Parish here in Houston.  

A few years ago I posted to this blog a graphic that was based on OLW's beautiful Ark of the Covenant, the Tabernacle that contains The Bread of Life.  

Here is the image from that post.

I am so happy that we were finally able to be in this church dedicated to Our Lady. The promise is that before the end of time she will return to the British Isles to recover Her Dowry.

After a timeless Mass, we lingered to look at the beautiful order witnessed by this stone, wood and stained glass gem of a Church that seems anachronous to this modern sprawling city.  It is well worth the trip here just to see the 'yes we can' attittude of a vibrant Anglican Use Rite body of believers who laid the cornerstone of this edifice in 2003.  Seems they have learned the power of a simple fiat, a simple "yes."

After Dominos pizza, presents exchange and spirited talk we journeyed back to the Holiday Inn Express.  Earlier this day I mentioned to Jen about how Glinda (The Good Witch of the North) travels on a bubble reminiscent of how Our Lady of Fatima is said to have floated above hills and trees to the Cova da Iria holm oak tree. 

We arrived around 8pm and flipped on the TV.

There it was....two nights in a row....within a minute of coming home, we witness Glinda emerging from this bubble and singing "Come out, come out wherever you are...

So now at 5 am I do the GOOGLE Search thing to find:

What did L Frank Baum (the author of 1900 classic fairy tale) have in his heart and mind?

This is how he explains The Wizard of Oz in his introduction:

"Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal. The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.

Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as 'historical' in the children's library; for the time has come for a series of newer 'wonder tales' in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale. Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incidents.

Having this thought in mind, the story of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out." 

–L. Frank Baum, Chicago, April, 1900

So....he was a proponent of modernism?  of relativism?

There is much more research to do on this author and his work.

And how about Hollywood's adaption of the "modernized fairy tale?"

Surely the song Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are is nowhere to be found on the pages of Baum's dreamy tale.

   Come out, come out wherever you are

   And meet the young lady who fell from a star
   She fell from the sky, she fell very far
   And Kansas she says is the name of the star...

There is a best selling book out there waiting to be written about America's deep psychological connections to three key movies.  The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind and It's a Wonderful Life have to be on the short list. 

I know I was gifted with The Sound of Music the night before I entered Ranger School in the winter of 1982.  My stomach was all tied up in knots. I relaxed for two hours and fell asleep with A Few of My Favorite Things still playing softly in my brain.

Via GOOGLE I just found out that John Lodge of the Moody Blues wrote the song that came to me this morning as I write this blog.

It's quite beautiful and it's based on Light, Life and Love!

Isn't Life Strange
(John Lodge)

Isn't life strange
A turn of the page
Can read like before
Can we ask for more?
Each day passes by
How hard man will try?
The sea will not wait

You know it makes me want to cry, cry, cry -
Wished I could be in your heart
To be one with your love
Wished I could be in your eyes
Looking back there you were, and here we are.

Isn't love strange
A word we arrange
With no thought or care
Maker of despair
Each breath that we breathe
With love we must weave
To make us as one
You know it makes me want to cry, cry, cry -

Wished I could be in your heart
To be one with your love
Wished I could be in your eyes
Looking back there you were, and here we are.

Isn't life strange
A turn of the page
A book without light
Unless with love we write;
To throw it away
To lose just a day
The quicksand of time
You know it makes me want to cry, cry, cry -

Wished I could be in your heart
To be one with your love
Wished I could be in your eyes
Looking back there you were.

Oh and as a postscript...guess what present we were unable
to find when we went shopping before Mass?

A Lodge 7 qt Dutch Oven

so that our friends (L&L) could enjoy
making the No-Kneed Italian bread
that my sister Sue gifted us
with last week.

We brought L&L two fresh loaves
baked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi
Friday morning

straight from our Lodge.

Isn't Life Strange?...yup, and beautifully mysterious too!

Thanks for the gift John!

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

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