Thursday, February 5, 2015

Madonna House Movie IV: A Place of Life and Excitement

Once again it is Thursday on the blog, and so movie day. This is the fourth instalment of short films on MH life and spirit that we made last year. This one is one of my very favourites, since it is on that aspect of MH that initially attracted me most powerfully, namely, the spirituality of Nazareth. Here it is:

Noteable Quotes

“Sanctity is found in ordinary, everyday things. You don’t have to be extraordinary in anything. Just do what you’re supposed to do, do it well for the love of Christ and for your neighbour and your family, and you will be a great saint.”

“I’ve learned at MH that saying prayers is good… but we're rooted on the land, and there’s a lot of work to be done. It's so important to become a prayer.”

“Christ is present in every person, in every moment, in everything that we’re doing. Whether I am fully physically able, whether I am mentally challenged, whether I am chronically ill or at the point of dying, it doesn’t matter. None of that takes away my value and my worth, my dignity.”

“A lot of times we feel, ‘well, I’m not doing anything important, so what’s my purpose?’ But our purpose is to live our life fully. And for me, it’s that spirituality of ‘no matter what I do, no matter where I am, no matter who I’m with, that this moment is full of life and excitement because God has made it happen.’”

“The whole idea of Nazareth is to live a divine life or a divinized life, a life with God, a life lived in an awareness of being a creature of God, being created by God, being given this life by God in whatever you’re doing, anywhere, and it’s for everyone.”

Well, I don't have too much to add to all of that. I would say, though, that besides the wonderful words of my brothers and sisters on the deep spirit to which we have given our lives, there is also in this video a succession of truly beautiful images, footage of our living our ordinary Nazareth life, with great joy and love evident in it all. 

This is what I believe has the power to transform the world, and why I wish I could communicate the vision of MH life and spirit to every human being. I honestly believe this is the answer to so many of our questions, problems, divisions, sorrows. But... all I can do is offer it up for whoever stumbles by this blog, hoping that this little film and my little words may kindle a spark of faith and love and (who knows) bring about the bonfire of faith and love that the world needs, lest it die of the cold.

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