This morning before Mass began I prayed that I would just rest on Jesus’ Heart and ask Him what he needs today. I am always asking Him for things so I thought it would be a nice change of pace to just embrace Him , and we could just enjoy each other’s company instead of my constant asking and talking about my needs.
Of course that lasted for all of about five minutes when my wondering mind went elsewhere. I started to ask for the grace to be filled with something new, something that would linger with me today.
At mass I felt Him telling me trust my Mother , have faith like her and she will lead you to me, have faith Diane. Rest awhile.
After Mass I put on Catholic Radio. Jesus always knows how to find me through podcasts, radio and music. On the radio was Cardinal Dolan interviewing Dino Dimucci. Of course he would reach me through an Italian. This Brooklyn man spoke wisdom to me. He is 80 years old now but still wise as Solomon. Let me share with you what stayed with me from that interview.
Dino shared that as a young man he would go to Mass in the city and a local Bishop would always grab him with a guestion. Dino what does that song mean” Rebel without a cause”; Bishop you know the song . Yes but should’t it be A Rebel for the truth. Hmm! Next week the Bishop asks what makes a man happy? Dino answered a nice car, a big house, a pretty lady in my life. etc ;he went on about all the pleasures in life that would make Dino happy. No! the Bishop answers Virtue makes a man happy. Dino had to look up what is virtue. He was not familiar with that word.
Do we live for success, honor, glory, wealth prestige? Dino thought at first that would make him happy, but then he read from St. Thomas Acquinas. If we have God in our lives and put him first our wealth will be used to serve God and wealth will not serve us, our virtuous living will be Godly living. It will free us from the excesses of life. Then Dino quotes from Bruce Springsteens song, “Everybody got a restless heart.’ Dino told Bruce you know that is from St. Augustine,” Our hearts are restless until it rests in thee.”
Dino than went on to talk about his good friend Ralph Martin who wrote Fulfillment of all Desire. That is really the point of it all he told the Cardinal, Jesus, is the Fulfillment of all our hearts desire.
The Cardinal was astonished at how Dino remembered the questions and answers from his local bishop after many years . This encounter Dino had with the Bishop was when he was a young man searching. This Bishop met Dino where he was in his faith and now 80 years later Dino is preaching it and living it in his music and in his life.
I am thankful to You Dino and for Jesus answering my prayer through an interview on Catholic Radio. My heart Rests only in your O Lord.
Jesus is in all things, where will you hear him or find him in your Restless Heart today?