St. Augustine once said, “A Christian should be an ALLELUIA from head to foot.” Being an alleluia is not always easy, especially when we hear daily news about suffering and violence, natural disasters and other tragedies in our world. We also grapple with difficult situations in our personal lives. Expressing a joyful “alleluia” seems almost impossible at times. But it is often in those dark places where our awareness of God’s love grows deeper. We experience it in the kindness of others, in spotting the first spring buds on a tree branch, in the spontaneous laughter of a child, or in the beauty of a rainbow. Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager who hid in an attic with her family to avoid Nazi persecution, wrote in her diary, “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” Perhaps that belief alone is a good reason to sing ALLELUIA!
By Mary Weidner, OSB