The Hungarian Eugene Ormandy was a conductor
and violinist, an exceptional musician. He
put so much zeal in his performance that
someone once commented, "I was impressed
several years ago when I read the Eugene
Ormandy dislocated a shoulder while directing
the Philadelphia Orchestra. I do not know
what they were playing, but he was giving
all of himself to it! And I have asked myself
sadly, 'Did I ever dislocate anything, even
Many of us never give all of ourselves
anything. Mediocrity could easily be
second name! This is sad. Each one
is an actor in a drama with eternal
And each one of us has a distinctive
to play in that drama.
This profound conviction about the
of every human life is what allowed
Paul II to say in Fatima on May 13,
-- one year to the day after he was
down in his front yard, St. Peter's
"In the designs of providence,
are no mere coincidences."
Nothing is just "coincidental."
Everything counts. Everyone counts.
culture that tempts us to think of
as disposable when they become burdensome,
or troubling, or inconvenient, we have
keep believing that there are no "disposable"
people. Every human life has infinite
There are no "ordinary" people.
Everyone we have met in your life --
we shall meet in the years ahead, even
-- is someone with a dignity beyond
Going though a Carmelite mailing, Cincarm
- CIN Carmelite Spirituality, on the
I once read this impressive testimony.
is somewhat long but really moving.
"Hello to All!
My name is Melanie. I joined this list
to find a spiritual community here
net. I'm a children's librarian with
wonderful daughters. My faith has always
been important to me, but my experiences
over the last year have challenged
my faith in ways I would not have imagined.
My son, Zachary, was diagnosed with
"water on the brain"...the
is much enlarged because of all the
inside, when I was fourteen weeks pregnant.
We chose to continue the pregnancy,
we knew he would die at or shortly
Through the next six months we tried
to terms with his condition and prepare
and our children for what was to be.
more frightened than I can express
he would look like, how he would die,
whether or not I could love this broken
The night he was born, though, was
imagining. I was surrounded by love
and filled with an amazing sense of
presence. It was a night of joy, not
as all my doubts and fears melted away.
I held and loved my little son as he
from my arms to God's and KNEW, at
that God can and does love me in all
brokenness and imperfection. I'm sending
on something I wrote a couple months
Zachary's birth that expresses a little
what he meant to me.
I thank you, Lord, for my son, Zachary,
has enriched my life in so many ways
has been my teacher in the ways of
- because he taught me that love is
- because he showed me how love can
cast out fear
- because he, in his innocence, showed
that you don't have to be perfect to
- because he taught me lessons in loving
and letting go that have helped me
to better mother my preadolescent daughters
- because he brought me new friends
- because he taught me to reach deep
myself for strength I did not know
and how to reach out to others and
when even that was gone
- because he taught me that death is
always the enemy, but the path that
to our true home
- because he taught me to celebrate
we have with those we love, for they
never come again
- because he taught me that children
be shielded from death, but must be
to accept it as a part of life
- because he showed me that funerals
be celebrations of love
- because he showed me that in my husband's
eyes lies the promise of eternity
- because he helped me find an extra
of compassion for the suffering, an
bit of patience for my children and
sense of the wonder of all creation
- because he taught me that God's greatest
miracles are not those in which He
the physical world in accordance with
wishes, but those in which He transforms
and heals our hearts
- because he was, is and always will
own beloved child
Born and died July 19, 1996"
Touching, no? And yet so true.
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