St. Anthony – Monthly Meditation
If Only I Could Remember…
by Deacon Dan Barone
As time continues its march onward to infinity, and beyond, I realize that there has become a need to develop certain methods to help myself remember specific events that I have either experienced or read about. My personal favorite method is to associate what I want to remember, with a song lyric. It isn’t a 100% foolproof way of remembering, but it can be rather humorous at times to say the least. And at times, just the laughing removes the mind block and the memory once again kicks in.
Personally, I read quite a lot of bible scripture. I enjoy reading about the beginnings of my Christian faith and the events that lead up to where Christianity is now. Associating certain scripture passages to song lyrics helps me to remember the events that took place according to that specific event. Here are a few examples of what I do to help my memory…
Old Testament scripture mentions a man named Joshua. What was/is Joshua known for? Most people would say that Joshua is known for the battle at Jericho, you know, when the walls came tumbling down. Well, here is the song lyric I use to remember what Joshua did…” a whole lotta shakin goin on”. Just a little twist of humor. How about this one… “goodness, gracious, great balls of fire”? That lyric refers to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. And there is this one… “enuff is enuff, we can’t go on, we can’t go on no more now”. That lyric refers to the Israelites wandering in the desert during the Exodus. And last, but surely not least, is this one… “you’re just too good to be true…at long last love has arrived.” This lyric refers to the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. Then there is this one (I said surely not least before the previous one) … “I can’t make you love me if you don’t.” One of my favorite lyrics. Refers to the gift of “free will” that we are given by God the Father at our moment of creation. We choose, during our lifetime, to love Him or not…or to follow Him or not.
Whether it be by using song lyrics or by using some other method, the important thing is that we become familiar with the words of scripture. At least familiar enough with the words to make that decision “to love Him or not…or to follow Him or not.” Who knows…you may even find yourself humming along to your own choice of song lyric…?
Deacon Dan Barone
St. Anthony Catholic Church