Monday, December 3, 2007
Christmas Movie/The Bishop's Wife
The Bishop's Wife may not be as well known as It's A Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story, but it is a simply wonderful Christmas movie. David Niven plays a harried bishop who is worried about raising money to build a great cathedral. He has been so absorbed in his work that he has neglected his wife, Loretta Young, and his little daughter, Debbie, portrayed by the girl who was Zuzu in It's A Wonderful Life. But before we even meet this family, we see a man help a blind man cross the street, and save a baby in its runaway carriage. We sense pretty quickly that he is an angel, played by the always excellent Cary Grant. He becomes the answer to the bishop's prayer for guidance, though not in the way the bishop expects.
This is the loveliest of movies; black and white, a skating scene, an adorable child, a rumpled old professor, a boy's choir. Everything is here. And it works. We believe in this Angel. We welcome his miracles. And we are moved by his longing to be human. I don't want to say more in case you haven't seen it, but I will say, please try and rent it or buy it this holiday season. Welcome it into your life.
Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most, and then let each put in his share: loving kindness, warm hearts, and the stretched out hand of tolerance - all the shining gifts make peace on earth.