Our Lady and Sheen

Sheen and Tolkien

As St. Augustine said, “Whatever we are, we are not what we ought to be.” The origin of this conflict has been told by medieval and modern theologians through the analogy of music. Picture an orchestra on a stage with a celebrated conductor directing the beautiful symphony he himself composed. Each member of the orchestra is free to follow the conductor and thus to produce harmony. But each member is also free to disobey the conductor. Suppose one of the musicians deliberately plays a false note and then induces a violinist alongside of him to do the same. Having heard the discord, the conductor could do one of two things. He could either strike his baton and order the measure replayed, or he could ignore the discord. It would make no difference which he did, for the discord has already gone out into space at a certain temperature at the rate of about 1100 feet a second. On and on it goes, affecting even the most distant shore, so this discord affects even the stars. As long as time endures, somewhere in God’s Universe there is a disharmony, introduced by the free will of man. (Go To Heaven, Fulton Sheen, p. 28-29)

I am so glad that I read Tolkien’s “The Silmarillion” before I read this book. The first chapter of Tolkien’s work speaks greatly to the beauty of God’s creation, and more importantly “why God gives us free will.” It is almost as though Sheen and Tolkien were responding to the same deep call of Music to help explain the universe.

From Wiki:

The first section of The Silmarillion, Ainulindalë (“The Music of the Ainur”[6]), takes the form of a primary creation narrative. Eru (“The One”[7]), also called Ilúvatar (“Father of All”), first created the Ainur, a group of eternal spirits or demiurges, called “the offspring of his thought”. Ilúvatar brought the Ainur together and showed them a theme, from which he bade them make a great music. Melkor — whom Ilúvatar had given the “greatest power and knowledge” of all the Ainur — broke from the harmony of the music to develop his own song. Some Ainur joined him, while others continued to follow Ilúvatar, causing discord in the music. This happened thrice, with Eru Ilúvatar successfully overpowering his rebellious subordinate with a new theme each time. Ilúvatar then stopped the music and showed them a vision of Arda and its peoples. The vision disappeared after a while, and Ilúvatar offered the Ainur a chance to enter into Arda and govern over the new world.

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