Field of Dreams: if you build it, they will come!

Field of Dreams
December 20, 2010, 10:39 am
Filed under: Opinion | Tags: , ,

Many visitors to this Blog will have realised that the title is taken from the Kevin Costner film of the same name, based on the book “Shoeless Joe” by W.P.Kinsella. In the story, Ray Kinsella, an Iowa farmer, hears a mysterious voice in his cornfield, whispering “If you build it, he will come.” Ray somehow understands that “it” is a baseball field, and “he” is the long-dead baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson, who with his team mates was banned from the game for life, after an allegation of taking bribes. Ray builds a baseball diamond in the corn, and the ghost of Shoeless Joe appears with his friends, though only Ray, his wife and his daughter can see them. Ray receives further messages, to involve others in his vision, and he struggles to prevent the re-possession of his farm by the bank. The film ends with thousands coming to visit the “field of dreams”, and, even more importantly, Ray is reconciled with his dead father, who also returns to play baseball with his son, as they had not done in life. Quite a weepie!

I have seen the Ordinariate project as also a “Field of Dreams”, and with the appointment of an Ordinary in a few weeks’ time, we may say that “Shoeless Joe” is about to appear (with the Five Bishops as his team-mates)! But there is still further work to do, and further struggles to endure, before reconciliation with the Holy Father. In the Bristol area we have made a start with the John Henry Newman Group for those interested in the Ordinariate. There will be an important meeting on January 20th (at Holy Nativity, Knowle), and a further meeting on February 17th. Both meetings will begin with Mass at 7.00 p.m., so please keep these dates free if you want to be involved, or even just informed.

I shall also be glad to host on this Blog news of any other Ordinariate related activity in the West of England. Just let me know via the Comments link below.


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