Today, the 14th of October, my church diocese celebrates St. Cecilia. Cecilia, mom, music, movement, the blind – I said, “Of course! I see another pattern, another gift!”
St. Cecilia is the patroness of music and blindness Music because legend has it that she sang to God when forced to marry against her will, and also as she lay dying a martyrs death. Cecilia is also patroness of the blind as her name means blind, dim sighted. The name itself? It comes from Caecilius, an old Roman name.
The name Cecilia resonates with me. It is my mom’s name, and she is also part of her church choir. Cecilia and others sing and the music that they are part of opens the ear of my soul in ways that mere words cannot. Music has a special gift that helps cure the blindness that we all suffer from in one way or another, it is a language for the inexpressible.
Music speaks to me, and moves me, and I respond as I dance, the hidden language of the soul. It is because of the gift of music that I am able to dance, and teach dance, and play music for others to dance. On this day that my church diocese celebrates the gift of music ministry, I remember and am grateful for my special Cecilia – my mom – who has given me and many others this gift. And for all those others who are part of the gift of music – church and non-church: singers, authors, players of instruments…
[Another two facts that may be of interest. The official feast day of St. Cecilia is November 22nd, and Cecilia is one of seven women named in the Canon of Mass, not counting Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.]