Maeve Louise Heaney

Merging Music and Theology

Nowhere else on earth that I would rather be…

August 20, 2013
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Today I said goodbye to San Francisco sailing under the Bay Bridge in order to see the production of the musical “My Fair Lady” at the San Francisco Playhouse. A small theatre – only two pianos to accompany the singing …

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My Hidden Name…

April 30, 2013
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April 30th, 2013. There is a bar manager in Rome, il Signor Camilo, who calls me by my middlename – Louise. That is how he (always) remembers me : by my hidden name – the one few people register. And …

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Consolation of/in the Body?

January 29, 2013
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January 29th, 2013 I have only recently started running. And I am still a beginner – I avoid hills and run, following the alleged advice of Eamonn Coughlin “as slow as I can for as long as I can”. But …

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The Sleeping Muse

November 30, 2012
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November 30th, 2012 Brancusi’s sleeping Muse… It’s not that I feel unfruitful, but I do think that besides Jesus sleeping in the boat, sometimes one’s own creative spirit needs to take a break…slow down, take a break, ruminate, let it …

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If you focus on the problem, you’ll never see the s olution

September 26, 2012
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Sep 26th, 2012 “Ad primum ergo dicendum quod finis, etsi sit postremus in executione, est tamen primus in intentione agentis. Et hoc modo habet rationem causæ.” ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologiæ I- II, 1, 1. ...my favourite (or at least most quoted) Thomas Aquinas quotation. Because it is all about where we are going. If you know where you're going, and what your aim is, then the rest will follow. So I find myself asking: where to, Lord? What next, personally and perhaps especially, lately, as community and Church? Open my heart in the direction of yours and I will be there...and I do think it is about learning to see as God sees. I watched an old but amazing film the other day: "See what nobody else sees; see what everyone else chooses not to see, out of fear or conformity or laziness. See the whole world anew... " And that's scary, but it's what I'm asking for. we have one life. Many gifts, many challenges, many lights...and one life to do it in. I pray Lord, it won't be fear or conformity that stops us. focus I’m not sure I'm looking for greatness but I do kno w we are called to great things, and that in order to do them, God needs us free and creative.

My Soul is flooded with sadness…

September 4, 2012
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Sep 4th, 2012 My soul is flooded with Sadness… and I think it’s not all mine. As the water rises, Lord, Drench memories Darken corners Drown the past with your still-breathing presence… that I may die and rise different and …

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Grace Experienced: Some things cannot be contained i n words…

November 12, 2011
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SATURDAY: NOVEMBER 12, 2011 Today I was penetrated by an experience of grace-and even hours (and a gin and tonic) later, I still can’t shake it off. It confir med who I am and why I am in this place. …

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Flying visit to Rome

October 18, 2011
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TUESDAY: OCTOBER 18, 2011 I promised I would blog more – in the midst of this busy year, full of changes and new ventures, it is hard to keep in contact with th e amazing people I meet, and those …

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