The Picture of the Soul by Ana María Rodríguez

A few days ago I was watching the old version of the film
” the picture of Dorian Grey”.
Many of you could think that
this has little  or nothing to do with faith or religion,
but it takes me to a curious reflexion that I would like to share with you all.

The main character of the picture Dorian Grey
sold his soul to the devil so he could always be
so handsome and young as he appeared in the protrait
that a famous painter had made of him.

As time went by it was his portrait the one who got older,
it showed the signs of old age,
but at the same time it also showed the signs of moral degradation,
because in the”sale” Dorian´s soul was transferred to the picture.
This turned so disgusting due to his disolute and immoral way of life
that he could hardly stood the vision of it.
He even tried to change his life to see if this had any effect on the protrait,
but he got nothing because he didn´t want to do what was neccesary to do.

As I was watching the film I wondered,
what if everyone of us could have a portrait of our souls
where we could see the degradation produced in it by our sins?
What if we can phisically see the effects of sins in our soul?

I think that many of us would want
to change our lives,  to be better,
make things different so our soul was as pure and clean
as it was the day of our  baptisms,when we were cleaned of the original sin.

Most of us don´t like to see the ugliness that lies within us,
that that only God can see.
But we have the best instrument
that anyboudy could wish to fullfil this mission:
the sacrament of confession.

Let´s go to it, ask sincerely for pardon to God,
so He can see us  pure and  impeccable,
to His own Image as He created us.

[Ana Maria  Rodríguez lives and works in Sevilla, Spain and began her blog about the same time as this one began.  Her blog is Catholic Principles]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to The Picture of the Soul by Ana María Rodríguez

  1. ralph says:

    reconciliation- the most unused sacrament that we need more than anything else!

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