Father Ralph to little Meggie, The Thornbirds---Wickipedia
I love this book. In fact it is my favorite classic for reasons that reasonate beyond my own childhood. In the early 80's when the movie came out on TV, I was so happy to watch the entire series nightly.
Several times, I have gone to the library to rent the entire 8 hour saga and once, I stayed up all night to look at the movie all in complete format.
By inspiration of this novel, I have designed a few of my thoughts on the Celtic theme of Sweet Meggie and Father Ralph.
designed by Feathers in the Nest
inspired by The Thornbirds novel
colors of choice
linen of choice
The larger heart is mixed in blue and red, and the 2 gold crosses represent the torn relationship between Father Ralph's love for God and his love for Meggie which conflicted and was a choice throughout the movie, so very hard for Father Ralph to articulate.
“There are no ambitions noble enough to justify breaking someone's heart. ” from The Thornbirds novel by Colleen McCullough ---sampler verse condensed from this quote.
Along with this quote are a few of my other favorites:
Ralph, our God has given us freewill. And with that freewill comes the burden of choice.
It is time, far past time that you took up that burden, because until you do, you cannot go on~~~the Archbishop in the Thornbirds to Father Ralph
This is the best review of the novel that I have read in a long time. There are many, many central themes to this book which I think we all can relate to in one way or another. If you would click here to read a blogger's summary, I think this writer really had some interesting takes on the novel.
Rachel Ward is a great actress in this movie. The book has many themes in it including relationships to God, to a life partner, to mother/daughter connections and many more.
And little Meggie grew up, but the relationship of love never left her for Father Ralph. In fact, it just deepened as they both changed courses in their lives and when their paths crossed over the 60 year period.
I hope you enjoy my ramblings and thoughts for Tuesday.