My daughter Laura texted me with the news that the British band Mumford & Sons has released a new album, saying “It’s awesome,” so I checked it out. M&S take spirituality seriously. (Their song “After the Storm” was a Best Ignatian Song last year.) Themes of faith, hope, forgiveness, and prayer weave their way through many of the songs on their new album. There’s no cheap grace with M&S. In “Holland Road,” faith comes hard, amid darkness:
But I’ll still believe though there’s cracks you’ll see,
When I’m on my knees I’ll still believe,
And when I’ve hit the ground, neither lost nor found,
If you believe in me I’ll still believe.