Posts Tagged ‘Music’

I have never been able to get through this song without crying.  This awesome rendition by Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill is no exception.  Watch especially the reaction of the members of this audience, who are mostly from the Country music world, a part of the entertainment world where Christians are still welcomed and appreciated.  Seeing these big names being moved by this hymn is touching.  So be prepared to thrill, weep and rejoice!

How Great Thou Art 

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Aggie Catholics has posted a video that is awesome-epetus!  It’s has a trio of favorites of mine:  the fantastic musician Matt Maher at Franciscan University joined by Dr. Scott Hahn, making a guest appearance on guitar.  Of course, my readers already know that Dr. Hahn plays guitar.  Michael Barber told us.

Did I mention that it is awesome?

Click here to see the video.

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I have written about this song before, but now that the Sanctus Real album has dropped, I’m blown away by it all over again, and I am compelled to post it again.

Men?  Do you want to know what your wife needs?  Listen to this song. 

Women?  Do you know what is missing from your marriage?  How to ask for what you need?  Listen to this song.

You cannot have a solid marriage if God isn’t right in the middle of it with you.  Make prayer time together a new and fantastic habit.  Pray for each other throughout the day.  Bless your spouse.  Give thanksgiving daily for your marriage and family.  Ask God to lead you.  The most important people in your life may be secretly dying for lack of your leadership.  Ask for help.  God will strengthen you.

As I said the last time I posted Lead Me, if Sanctus Real does nothing else in their careers, they have done a great ministry just by writing and recording this song. 

Lead Me by Sanctus Real

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You can find Him when you seek Him

Well, the streak of bright sunny days that I mentioned yesterday has come to an end — eight fantastic days of hope and happiness.  The first thing I noticed when I woke up today was that the sun wasn’t pouring into the room from the east facing window.  I had gotten used to it!  Clearly, the forecasters were right, rain overnight and overcast today.  But I was surprised to find the weather still wonderful; after all, it is above seasonally warm, and we had periods of sunshine.  Besides, if there were no rainy days, we wouldn’t have life, would we? 

Our blessings are near to us, and grace fills us, even when we are unaware, or can’t see it.  A very good lesson for me, because I am not always able to see where the good is, I just have to trust God that it is there.  I am learning to trust that God is always near, even those times when it seems He must be very far away.

Here is the song that started my day on a good foot (click the link).  It popped into my head as I stepped out the door and has stayed there all day.  It’s from those four Christian brothers whose band I love – Remedy Drive.

Sunshine Above the Weather.

..and the lyrics:

Outside the thunder crashes
And the storms are gaining fast
Though it’s raining in my heart
I know that you are

The sunshine above the weather
Always and forever
Your love will remain
My rock and mighty fortress
I’m walking in your promise
Your love will remain

When everything is broken
And the darkness closes in
You are never far from me
Deep inside I see

I fade out
I run away
But through it all you stay
The sunshine – it’s breaking through when I need you
Your love will remain

 Have a happy, blessed and rainy/sunny/cloudy/snowy/blustery/seasonal/unseasonal day!

Photo:  Alex

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It’s yet another lovely day in southeast Michigan.  It must be some sort of record: we have had bright sunny skies for 8 days in a row, and today it reached the upper ’50s.  Cause for a nice long walk and chat with God.

I find that physical activity like hiking, walking, running, swimming and skiing are the best times for me to pray.  I am focused and I have a better ability to be still and listen.  Where do you like to be to pray?

Here is a delightful video of kids prayers with a surprisingly appropriate John Mayer soundtrack, Say What You Need to Say.

 God is good.

h/t  Msgr Pope

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Important reminder:

Please keep praying for Haiti. 

Since the situation on the ground does not allow us to jump on a plane to Haiti, roll up our sleeves and do our Christian work in a hands on fashion, to do charity work there means to find reputable charities and donate good hard cash.  United in Prayer that Cory Heimann at Likable Art is involved with is supporting Catholic Relief Services.   Watch his video here. And you can download a great cd of Catholic musicians for your donation at AfterMass, too!  Please support this great cause by clicking here now.  The album is fantastic!  I support Catholic musicians; you should too.

Another truly fantastic charity is Food for the Poor.  One of their priest missionaries came to our parish and in a moving and sometimes very funny ways, painted a grim picture of the need in Haiti even before the earthquake.  Food for the Poor is an ecumenical charity, though it appears that it is mostly Catholic and it has the astronomical efficiency rate of 97%–meaning that 97 cents of every donated dollar goes into food, shelter, education, etc. for the poor the charity serves.  Those Christian missionaries all have vows of poverty and unlike SOME charities, the head of the charity isn’t making 6 figures and flying from one big fundraising black tie event after another.  (No, I’m not looking at UNICEF, what gave you that impression?  there are …so many from which to choose, sadly.)

On a related note, the Detroit Free Press recently published that Michigan Catholics have donated over $1 mil dollars to Haiti.  Way to go, fellow Mitten Catholics!

Catholics in southeastern Michigan have raised more than $1 million so far for the victims of Haiti’s earthquake, officials said today.

The Archdiocese of Detroit has been collecting donations from local parishes in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Lapeer and Monroe counties. As of Monday, the total passed $1 million, said Archdiocese spokesman Joe Kohn.

“After the earthquake happened, Archbishop (Allen) Vigneron expressed his confidence that the people of the Archdiocese would offer their support by way of prayers and financial support,” Kohn said today. “His confidence was well placed. Given the economic situation we’re in, it’s encouraging to see people step up and show this kind of generosity.”

The archdiocese has been collecting donations on behalf of Catholic Relief Services.

Haiti, which has a Catholic-majority population, suffered enormous losses in the Jan. 12 earthquake, in which Port-au-Prince Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot died.

Haiti’s government said today 230,000 people died.

To donate to Haiti through the Archdiocese, visit:


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The talented Cory Heimann at Likable Art let me know about an awesome project to help Haiti that lets you get help to Haiti AND support Catholic musicians – a double win!  The project is called (I think) United in Prayer and Cory has done another remarkable video (embedded below).  Cory’s video is a download–along with a dozen great songs from Catholic musicians–on Sampler Platter II from AfterMass Records.  Musicians include Rich Dittus who (as you know) I LOVE.  What a great way to try out some artists with whom you may not be familiar.  Iguarantee in a non-binding legal agreement that you’ll love Rich Dittus and the other musicians too.

So, donate money through your credit card or PayPal, get a full mp3 album of great music and videos, and help Catholic Relief Services on the ground in Haiti.  If you are unable to donate at this time, there is a link for becoming united in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. 

Please support this great cause by clicking here now.

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