“Some people pray, some people play music,” Bruce Springsteen once said, but it’s pretty obvious that Bruce prays with much of the music he makes. He went to St. Rose of Lima Elementary School in Freehold, New Jersey. Catholic imagery often appears in his music. One critic calls him the greatest Catholic poet of our time.
But there’s more to it than imagery. Springsteen appears to be a man of real spiritual depth. This comes across powerfully in his great meditative ballad “Jesus Was an Only Son.” The song is about the relationship of mother and son and it flows from Springsteen’s feelings about his children. The lyrics are here. I also hear it as a imaginative contemplation on the scriptures of the kind Ignatius practiced. Here is a concert performance with Portuguese subtitles. I was very struck by what Bruce says to introduce the song.