St. Julie's Catholic High School Chaplaincy

Thoughts from the Chaplain

Jun 20, 2018

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018

Wednesday Reflection

I was wracking my brains last night trying to come up with an idea for Wednesday Reflection.  Do you ever get times when you feel you have nothing to give?  Do you ever sit looking at a blank screen or piece of paper and think "I don't know where to start with this!"?  Do you ever think that your head is scrambled and clarity of thought has long since been overwhelmed by a myriad of bits of data, events, interactions, words, conversations, images which you can't seem to compartmentalise?  

Well that was definitely me last night.  After much agonising, I thought I'd just go back to basics and do what I know I can do and play a song.  But then doubts came in and the prospect of which song added to the thoughts.  I knew I needed something to draw me closer to a feeling of God's presence but whatever I played just came out as chords and words and not feelings.  I need something sublime and somehow a conversation with Mr Harvey just popped into focus.  Mr Harvey and I used to have many conversations and he always inspired (and at times bewildered) me.  I should explain the bewilderment was because of the extensive vocabulary and the philsophical and historical terms which he used which he mistakenly thought I might understand.  Anyway, I do remember him saying that I should listen to Allegri's Miserere because it was 'sublime'.   I'm not sure if I followed his recommendation but something about those words must have stuck so I started searching Youtube.  My first effort was for Allegro Misere but it yielded the rigth result.  I listened to it and decided that this was what was needed - a brief introduction on who Allegri was and then just listen to it.  Researching the introduction was fascinating and brought about all kinds of unexpected twists and turns and connections including Caravaggio, Michelangelo, a Pope, Mozart, Rome and copyright infringement!   I won't go into details here but it's a story worth finding out about.  

Here, though, is the sublime, soaring beauty of an inspiring piece of music: