Today I received an e-mail blast from Mike Mangione and the Union, the musicians that team up with Christopher West on the “Fill These Hearts” tours. It was written by Patrick, one of the band members, and relates a conversation between himself and Mike. I’d like to share it with you.
“I remember one night last April I was driving the band through Texas in the middle of nowhere around three o'clock in the morning. Everyone else was asleep, except Mike, who was sitting shotgun and fighting to stay awake with me to make sure I didn't crash. In order to spark a conversation he asked me, "What makes a show a good show?" While my response was not noteworthy, Mike's response, when I turned the question on him, meant a lot to me, and still does. "Communion," he said. "When there is communion between the performer and the audience, that's when you have a good show." I instantly understood him and knew that he was right. During a performance we, the performers, give the audience something. We give energy, music, beauty (hopefully), and an experience. When the audience is receptive to that and are able to take it in, they end up giving that energy right back to us, and we are then able to return it two-fold, and so on, in an ever-growing cycle of giving and receiving. It's a beautiful thing.”
Communion is a beautiful thing! Reading and studying Pope John Paul II’s teaching on the Theology of the Body helps us not only to see this more clearly, but to experience it in our own lives.
Deacon Gary Thrun