I still miss the churches back home. Depending on the time of the Mass and the church I attended, I knew exactly what to expect.
Whether the song was Be Not Afraid, which reassures me of God’s love, or On Eagle’s Wings, which chokes me up so badly that I have to fight back the tears if I want to sing along, I’ve always delighted not only in our familiar songs but also in our shared faith.
I still believe what Sister Margaret once told us: God loves to hear our prayers and praise through the music we sing.
Yesterday Jay Masterson, music director at St. Joseph Church, emailed. (She’s pictured below with her virtuoso accompanist and longtime, beloved friend, Ben.)
Pope Benedict’s love of classical music unites him with many people. Music is truly an avenue to experience spiritually from many different aspects. His comments on Schubert add a dimension to my appreciation of the piece. In addition, he provides us with a window on how music feeds Papa Ratzinger’s soul. I’m glad he can enjoy music even though he has many concerns about the state of the Church. With Christ all things are possible.
Today, Jay added this:
Life is short, precious, and filled with challenges. Music has been the one thing that I have held in my heart since my childhood. Music has comforted and inspired me through tough times even though I have little formal training. Music transcends time and space, intersects and then penetrates the hard crust of the world system that we occupy in our daily lives.
August 20, 2015
If our hearts are given to anything else the way they ought to be given to the Lord, they remain unfulfilled like an unresolved strand of music. This is why the more we resist God, the more suffering we cause ourselves
November 20, 2015
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song (Psalm 95:1-2).
November 27, 2015
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16).
September 16, 2016
“Your body is the harp of your soul, and it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds” (Kahlil Gibran).
Links of interest… Innocuous but uninspired music at Mass… Is singing praying twice… Music has long spoken to me / provides a deeper sense of promise… Musicians perform for pope one of his favorites… New kind of music… Patronage as evangelization… Pope’s music… Ricordi Archive online… Sacred music: Echoing on earth the heavenly choir… Songs come from prayer… Spring requiems: New Catholic music for mourning… Three Catholic men, their music & mercy… “Via dolorosa” of sacred music & hope for its resurrection… Why there’s hope for Catholic liturgical music / we owe our seven musical notes to St. John the Baptist…