A couple of weeks ago, my girls performed at their dance recital. They were fabulous. They worked hard during the whole year and particularly over the last several weeks preparing for their recitals. Public occasions for paternal pride don’t come very often, but when they do come, it’s important for fathers to be there and express their enthusiasm and appreciation for their children. My kids have a great love for dance and art, and they excel at both. In fact, they excel at most of the things they apply their talents to. They consider their efforts important and they don’t want to disappoint their parents…or God. They have a keen appreciation that all of their efforts ultimately reflect on their love for God. Amazingly, even for their ages, they have a very “Escrivian” view of their work (even though they don’t even know it) – that it ultimately is a gift and a means of making them holy.
The arts can be perverted and brought down to base hedonism or they can be used to elevate the heart and the mind to the eternal. A friend of mine who had the opportunity to watch the recital performance remarked to me what a difference this one was compared to the one he witnessed the previous week which was about about sex and “me”. This recital was not about sex and “me”. It was about purity, beauty, and the Lord.
Tonya Pacheco (6) left side in the back in first clip; Clarissa Pacheco (12) and Emma Pacheco (10) in subsequent clip
Clarissa Pacheco (12) back right and Emma Pacheco (10) back left; Sophia Pacheco (4) on the left side
Tonya Pacheco back left
The Finale with Clarissa leading it off….