Saturday, August 27, 2011

The picture of the soul

A few days ago I was watching the old version of the film "The picture of Dorian Grey".
Many of you could think that this has little or nothing to do with faith or religion, but it takes me to a curious reflexion that I would like to share with you all.
The main character of the picture Dorian Grey sold his soul to the devil so he could always be so handsome and young as he appeared in the protrait that a famous painter had made of him. As time went by it was his portrait the one who got older, it showed the signs of old age, but at the same time it also showed the signs of moral degradation, because in the "sale" Dorian´s soul was transferred to the picture.
This turned so disgusting due to his disolute and immoral way of life that he could hardly stood the vision of it.
He even tried to change his life to see if this had any effect on the protrait, but he got nothing because he didn´t want to do what was neccesary to do.
As I was watching the film I wondered, what if everyone of us could have a portrait of our souls where we could see the degradation produced in it by our sins? What if we can phisically see the effects of sins in our soul?
I think that many of us would want to change our lives, we wanted to be better. Make things different so our soul was as pure and clean as it was the day of our baptism, when we were cleaned of the original sin.
Most of us don´t like to see the ugliness that lies within us, that that only God can see.
But we have the best instrument that anyboudy could wish to fullfil this mission: the sacrament of confession.
Let´s go to it, ask sincerely for pardon to God, so He can see us  pure and  impeccable, to His own Image as He created us.

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1 comment:

  1. I was just talking about the movie with another priest at World Youth Day. The most moving time for me was celebrating the sacrament of reconciliation wirh English-speaking pilgrims from all over the world.

    I would like to repost this post sometime in my spirituality blog:

    I will, of course, give you all the credit and put a link from my sight back to yours.

    Fr. Paul Wharton