Benedictine Monk and Music Professor: Shen Yun ‘You won my heart and my deepest respect’
ZURICH— Father Theo Flury, a Benedictine monk from the Swiss abbey Einsiedeln, a professor at the Pontificuim Institutum Musicae Sacrae Roma (Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music) in Rome, and a composer and organist, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s performance at the Kongresshaus, March 25.
Performers Dedicated to Promoting Traditional Culture
Father Flury said: “It is something most shocking that one attempts to destroy the roots and the history of a people. It is similar to cutting a plant and stopping it from blooming.
“Therefore, I’m most grateful to this group of performers and advocates of the [Chinese] culture. Recognizing this effort strengthens me on my path to my own roots.”
With Divine Support, the Good will Eventually Prevail
“The show represents the deep awareness of divine support in times of need,” he said, “This is rare in these modern times and finding that made me sigh with relief.
“Today, we are either spiritual, that is, being completely spiritually minded, or we follow the path of intellectualism, which is biased against anything that is not based on materialism and hedonism.
“On the other hand, a show such as Shen Yun presents the beauty of the spirit, intrinsic values, and links to personal qualities,” he continued.
“The Chinese culture also advocates that humans and nature must live in harmony. One needs to respect the divine to come to accept one’s fate.”
“For me, it is of great importance that such values are actually brought to the public, not through intellectual discourse, but in leading by example through beauty, benevolence and forbearance.
“I think that during this period of time we are in dire need of such people who advocate spirituality as an alternative to today’s way of life. By this, I’m not pointing at China alone, but at the entire Western hemisphere.”
On departing Father Flury said to the Shen Yun artists, “You won my heart and my deepest respect for what you are doing. I’m telling you this as a Christian monk. I wish you all the best. Thank you.”
March 28, 2012