Ah, music. How I love your notes, melodies, lyrics and all that jazz (pun intended). A lot of us have that one thing that we really feel passionate about, something that makes us really excited or happy or a whole bunch of emotions. For me, that thing is music.
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Music is something that completes me. Without music, I feel my life would be like the minions without their boss in the Minions movie. I know, way out there reference.
And on another level, music adds so much to my faith life. To hear people express their love of Christ, Mary, the saints, the Eucharist and many other faith-based topics in music is beyond amazing.
Now I know that the Mass is not all about music, but the music selection has the potential to add so much to it. Whenever I hear certain songs, like I am the Bread of Life or The Supper of the Lord (both of which I heard last Saturday), I feel so alive. I get that spine-tingling, heart leaping joy that helps me realize that God is there with all of us in the ceremony. We have another way to listen to God’s word, through song!
And you know the great thing about singing in the pews, who cares what you sound like? In the pews, everyone’s voice blends together into this sound of awesomeness. Even if your voice isn’t perfect (like mine) you can still let out your emotions and feelings for Christ in the Eucharist in a very special way. I mean, it isn’t a Gospel choir, but it is something special.
I remember one time when I felt very connected to God through music. I was playing guitar a retreat during adoration, performing songs that I loved and hoped everyone else would love as well. I looked up for a good look after a few songs, and I saw some people kneeling with their eyes closed, singing their hearts out. I saw some sitting in the chairs with their hands out. I saw some standing hanging on to the chairs in front of them. Right there, I saw it. I saw that the music united people in their love of Christ. Needless to say, I had an amazing time performing music at that adoration.
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Bottom line is, I really hope that you find that something that makes you really feel connected to Christ. If it is music, then yay! Join the Newman Musicians and I at Virginia Tech! If it is poetry, be poetic! If it is painting, paint God a masterpiece! If it performing random acts of service all day, surprise us! Do whatever positive and morally sound act makes you feel connected God! I am sure he will be pleased with whatever work you make out of it!