Having been there many times in my life, as i’m quite certain, you also have been there. At this stage in my life, my country is bleeding for, oh, so many reasons not least of which we are standing on the eve of a very possible civil war, one which has been in the making for decades. In the face of it all, we go through the day to day emotions, tension, despair, dread and yes, even laughter.
Right now, I am painfully aware of a well known Roman saying: “Nero, “fiddled while Rome burned, Nero, of course was Rome’s emperor at the time, he was considered decadent and unpopular. The expression has a double meaning, because, not only did Nero play music while his people suffered, but he was an ineffectual leader in a time of crisis. One can only hope, that at one’s own time of crisis, it will be as a Daniel who was quite fearless while enduring the potentially volatile situation of being incarcerated inside a den of lions, rather than as a Nero.
Ever since I had heard this Irish Priest, who is well into his sixties, sing this particularly beautiful song, with its lilting words, it has inspired me. I would like to share it with the readers of my content who may also be praying in his or her own “Garden of Gethsemane” while reading this piece, may you also take courage from this unpretentious Priest’s rendition of it.