Best Ignatian Songs: Gabriel’s Oboe

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One of my favorite movies is The Mission, a film inspired by the Jesuit missions in South America in the eighteenth century. One of the many memorable features of this movie is the splendid soundtrack by the Italian composer Ennio Morricone.

The scene below shows a Jesuit, played by Jeremy Irons, making contact with Indians who had killed a fellow Jesuit and were likely inclined to kill him. The contact comes through music, an extraordinary scene that moves me every time I see it.   The tune the Jesuit plays is called “Gabriel’s Oboe”  written by Morricone.

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Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is Ignatian Spirituality A to Z. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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