Appleton, WI

July 23: Day by Day with Father Bill


The esteemed Italian composer, Ennio Morricone, died on July 6 at the age of 91. He received many awards for his music. He was presented with an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 2009 and with a true Oscar for his music in Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.”

His most glorious work, though, was the music soundtrack for the movie “Mission,” the story of the Jesuit missionaries to Paraguay in the 18th century. If you have never seen this movie, I would encourage you to check it out!

Here is “Gabriel’s Oboe” from that movie. This is absolutely glorious music for eternity! Let this music carry you into the Lord’s Heart!

from an oboe solo
lifted by the orchestral waters
of the great Iguazu.
You are calling
Pied Piper, Cross Bearer,
to humanity ancient
only one day old.
It is here
It is not here
sacred symphony
cathedral in time.
Cross and culture
kiss one another
the music is mission
the spirit, Guarani.
Rise, oboe solo
to the great Iguazu
beyond the clouds and sky.
I hear you, Ennio.
We hear you. (Antonio D Sison, Order of the Most Precious Blood Fathers and Brothers)

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