Posted by: fvbcdm | October 24, 2011

Feast of Saint Anthony Mary Claret (24 Oct 2011)

Here in our priory we have a good number of recordings and DVDs which we can enjoy when we have the time.  Last night, after the duties of a typical Sunday were over, several of us listened to the recording of the wonderful musical “Hello, Dolly!” I was struck by the lyrics in the song called “It Only Takes a Moment” sung by two young people who reflect upon how quickly they fell in love and how permanent that love will be.  The lyrics say, in part,  

“And that is all that love’s about
And we’ll recall, when time runs out,
That it only took a moment to be loved a whole life long.”

Think about that a little. “We’ll recall, when time runs out . . .” Can you remember how you felt about your future when you were a child? The days and years ahead stretched far into the world of tomorrow, as if they might never end at all.  “When time runs out” seemed very distant indeed; we could say that or think it with some amusement and incredulity.  But now, I as sit in my retirement and listen to those words being sung very nicely in a musical movie, they take on a totally new meaning.  My time is running out right now.  More than eighty-one years ago, I was an infant and was brought to the baptismal font where the sacred water of baptism conferred upon me a sacramental “character” as we say, never to be effaced.  It only took a moment for God to adopt me into his family—the family of the Mystical Body of Christ.  And this relationship of the newly baptized with God, which began in just a moment, will last a whole life long until “time runs out.”  And then, please God, there will be eternity for which baptism and God’s love are destined and to which they admit us.

So, as our adult days pass one by one.  Time is running out, and we are recalling with joy how it only took a moment to be loved by God a whole life long. Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.



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