- David Brensinger
- Apr 15, 2013
- Blog Feed
Many years ago, I began keeping a file of quotes, quips, passages of poetry and prose, excerpts of articles that, I thought, had something significant to say, etc. Over the years, that single file has grown to several, over-stuffed folders!
I recently pulled one of those file folders and came across the following. It is an excerpt from an address to a group of Episcopal musicians given by Richard Wayne Dirksen who served for many years as Organist and Choirmaster of Washington National Cathedral. He said:
“Louis Pasteur wrote: `The Greeks understood hidden power of things infinite. They bequeathed to us one of the most beautiful words in our language—the word enthusiasm—en Theos—a God within. The grandeur of human actions is measured by inspiration from which they spring. Happy is he who bears a God within and who obeys it. The ideals of art, of science, are lighted by reflections from the infinite.'
“My succinct perspective is this: when people perform music together, that enthusiasm within each engenders a community-wide awareness of those reflections of the infinite. The sharing of `a God within’ through making music puts us in unison touch with the infinite God, and intensifies our knowledge of and enthusiasm for God. Collectively, therefore do we embody and live our theology.”
What a great discovery for me: the root of the word enthusiasm! I hope it is a great discovery for you, too. May our lives, and our common worship and prayer, reflect our God within: our enthusiasm!