of us like to listen to music, right? There are several motivations why we
choose to listen to music: it can provide a good pace/rhythm for exercising, it
can soothe the soul, it can help us be more creative, it can even affect an
unborn baby as well, and the list could go on.
to music helps me deepen my relationship with God. A few years ago, when I got
very frustrated, I would get in my car, and blast the song, “Lord,
I need you” by Matt Maher, until my frustration dissipated and his
words became my words as well.
times, I heard God in the “still small voice”, like Jenna Woods sings in “Still
small voice”, or in “The Wind” by Cat
Stevens when he sings: “where I’ll end up, well, I think only God really knows.”
Singing songs from Taizé does the same for me.
I recently heard: “Set a fire”
by Will Reagan. The song says it all: “so set a
fire down in my soul that I can’t contain and I can’t control. I want more of
To be able to preach in a way that
sets the world on fire with God’s love, like St. Catherine of Siena said,
starts with recognizing the fire of God’s love in us, and then, we can spread
can help us tune our ears and hearts to God. It can move us into a direction
that helps us discover God’s desire with us. I asked a few sisters, “What song would you choose
to describe religious life?” Here are a few responses:
the World” by Michael Jackson, because it is about making the world
a better place, and as vowed religious, we also are missioned to do so.
God’s…” by Danielle Rose, because it inspires us to bring God’s love
- “Where You Lead”
by Carole King, because God is calling us to follow God wherever God leads us,
knowing that God will always be with us along the way.
- “Thankful” sung by
Josh Groban, because religious life provides so many people and opportunities
to be grateful for, especially those who call, encourage, and support me to be
the person God wants me to be.
- “The Same Love” by
Paul Baloche, because the same Love, which set captives free and opened the
eyes of the blind to see, called me by name and keeps calling.
- “Go Make a Difference”
by Steve Angrisano and Tom Tomaszek, because it really speaks to what we do and
what religious life is about.
- “We Are
Family” by Sister Sledge, because we are family in the Dominican
Order, and it’s a song that speaks of unity.
- “Every Praise”
by Hezekiah Walker, because it has a lot of energy and it helps to motivate us.
- “All My
Days” by Dan Schutte, because it is our deepest desire to praise
you hear God’s voice in any of these songs?
songs do you like to listen to that help you tune your heart to God?