The Bishop’s Wife

Friday, December 23, AD 2016

 

A fine Christmas movie is The Bishop’s Wife from 1947.    David Niven is an Episcopalian bishop of a struggling diocese;  Loretta Young (ironically one of the more devout Catholics in the Hollywood of her time) is his wife;  and Cary Grant is Dudley, one of the more unimportant angels in Heaven, sent by God to lend the Bishop a hand.  The film is a graceful comedy which effectively and quietly underlines the central importance of faith in God as we see in this little scene when undercover angel Dudley, Cary Grant, uses his powers to summon a tardy boy’s choir for an unforgettable rendition of O Sing to God:

 

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  • It never fails. When ever you present a clip from a movie from long ago and far away I inevitably go to the next one and the next and on. This is one movie I have long remembered and it saddens me not to see it presented on TV, especially during the Christmas season. Heart warming, refreshing, affirming reminder of how important the birth of The Child is, but so sad to see how commercial such an important day has become, beginning as far before as Hallowe’en. It is true that three wise men brought gifts, tokens appropriate for their time, but look at what has since happened; we prod children to compose wish lists, ask adults what they want. We were not put on earth to grant wishes. It has gotten so easy to just ‘buy’, often with little thought, finery and goods and toys that will eventually be long forgotten and sometimes not much appreciated. To give is a beautiful thing, I do it gladly, but I believe that gifts made by our hands with our hearts to God, promises to help make life sweeter and easier for another, are so much more meaningful, no matter how small, genuinely expressing personal thoughtfulness and love for the receiver. It saddens me each year to observe what we have done to Christmas, how we celebrate Jesus’ birthday.

  • Bravo, Anna ! Live long and prosper !
    Timothy

The Bishop’s Wife

Wednesday, December 16, AD 2009

As we get closer to Christmas I am going to do a few posts on some of the more obscure Christmas movies I have enjoyed.  First up is The Bishop’s Wife from 1947.    David Niven is an Episcopalian Bishop of a struggling diocese;  Loretta Young (ironically one of the more devout Catholics in the Hollywood of her time) is his wife;  and Cary Grant is Dudley, one of the more unimportant angels in Heaven, sent by God to lend the Bishop a hand.  The film is a graceful comedy which effectively and quietly underlines the central importance of faith in God as we see in this little scene:

 

The film is a gem and it is a joy to watch at Christmas time.

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