As we savor the Christmas season, here’s some musical accompaniment, in the form of a rock take on the carol “The Little Drummer Boy.” Merry Christmas!
I once read that the music we listen to becomes the soundtrack of our life. I just love that sentiment! As in a movie with a great soundtrack, music can transport us in time and evoke in us emotions we had thought were long gone. Have you ever noticed how certain songs bring you right back in time? For me, “The Servant Song” is one of those songs. I remember singing this song in my […]
There’s something thoroughly Ignatian about finding God in music. St. Ignatius’s spiritual approach mostly bypasses the concepts and ideas stuffed into our heads and strives to touch the heart directly. That’s what music does too. Music is literally beyond words. There’s a scene in the movie The Mission that shows what I’m talking about. A Jesuit, loosely based on the missionary and martyr St. Roque Gonzalez, comes into the jungle to make contact with the […]
St. Robert Southwell, SJ, wrote a poem called “The Burning Babe,” describing a vision of Christ on Christmas Day. Here the poem is set to music and performed by the musician Sting. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video The Burning Babe.
Today we have a musical break. The artist is Paul Melley, and the song is based on the Suscipe, or “Take, Lord, Receive” prayer. Free Electronic Press Kits template from ReverbNation.com If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to listen to “Take, Lord, Receive.”
On this Christmas Day, enjoy “The Wexford Carol” as sung by the Ignatian Schola, a Manhattan-based vocal group. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video “The Wexford Carol.” Merry Christmas!
On this Christmas Day, enjoy “The Huron Carol,” written by the Jesuit martyr St. Jean de Brébeuf. He wrote it in the language of the Huron/Wendat people of Canada. This video has a beautiful rendition, but to hear the song in Wendat, French, and English, watch “Jesus Ahatonhia.” If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video “The Huron Carol.” Merry Christmas!
I recently discovered the haunting ballad “Mercy Now” by the roots singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier. It’s a lovely, heartfelt prayer: Yeah, we all could use a little mercy now I know we don’t deserve it But we need it anyhow We hang in the balance Dangle ‘tween hell and hallowed ground Every single one of us could use some mercy now Every single one of us could use some mercy now Lyrics here. (Go here to […]
This Best Ignatian Song comes from Kristi Gonsalves-McCabe, director of University Ministry at Regis University in Denver. She writes: I’ve lived in Colorado for 9 years now—and you can’t be here too long without falling in love with some of John Denver’s music. So in that spirit (and hoping my age won’t be too obvious), I want to nominate John Denver’s Annie’s song as a “best Ignatian song.” It’s a love song to God—almost a “finding God […]
Reader Nancy Walton-House nominates this week’s Best Ignatian Song. It’s a lovely piece: “Holy Darkness” by Dan Schutte, one of the St. Louis Jesuits. Nancy writes: This song is about desolation and consolation. I’ve used it very successfully with Ignatian spirituality small groups that I facilitate. Listening deeply leads to great reflection, prayer, journaling, and conversation. The lyrics are inspired by St. John of the Cross.