Music and Faith



A Message from the Editor


Several of the people interviewed in this issue have commented on how music can bring us closer to God, and their comments are very incisive, They made me recall a course in Epistemology that I took about 60 years ago at Loyola University Chicago, in which the epistemological reflections of God are the One, the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, which are somewhat also relative in Platonism. Essentially, this reflection on the Beautiful means that all beauty is a reflection of God, and the greater the beauty, the closer we are to God, Therefore, the more beautiful the music, the closer it reflects and beings us closer to God.


I worked in the Ukraine for a few years and cared deeply for the people. Please say a prayer to protect the people of Ukraine.


A Quote to Remember


"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” by Ludwig van Beethoven


Prayers


Prayer to St. Cecelia for Musicians


Dear St Cecilia, heroic martyr who stayed faithful to Jesus your divine bridegroom, intercede for us for faith to raise above our persecutors and to see in them the image of our Lord.


We know that you were a musician and we are told that you heard angels sing. Inspire musicians to gladden the hearts of people by filling the air with God’s gift of music and reminding them of the Divine Musician who created all beauty. Amen.

by Word Press

Prayer for the Murdered Father Luke Adeleke of Nigeria

Good and gracious God,


One of your beloved men/priest was murdered It happened on an evening getting ready for the celebration of your birth. It was an unknown gunman. He was on his way to celebrate Mass with the congregation. Bless this generous and kind priest, dear Lord, help him to realize the path of your ways. Bless his congregation and his friends. Help him realize that although his time on this earth was short he brought the goodness of your life to his people

by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism


Prayer for Suresh Lazar


Dear God,


Welcome your loving servant Suresh into your arms and let him rest in your infinite love. Comfort his wife Anitha and his daughter Athira with the remembrance of how much he loved them. Help provide for them now that he has gone and remind them that one day they will all be together with You in heaven.

by Gordon Nary Profiles in Catholicism


Prayer for abused children


Lord we have seen and heard the children cry and pour out their

suffering and their pain,

They cry to you to rescue them from the abusers and the shame,

That is unjustly heaped upon them as if they were to blame,

while the abusers walk free and unsullied is their name.


Lord bring the abusers to justice and give the children closure, peace and freedom,

May they know they are the most important in your friendship and your kingdom.

To receive a child you said is to welcome and be one with you ,

Inspire us Lord to fight for their dignity and their rights

and give healing and a life that is wonderful and new.

Amen.

by Father Shay Cullen Profiles in Catholicism


A Prayer to Prevent Antisemitism


Lord God, through the covenant you established with the Jewish People, we Christians have been grafted into this covenantal tradition according to St. Paul. But very often throughout history, we have shown ourselves ungrateful for this gift given us through Jesus who imbued in his teachings this Jewish covenantal tradition through acts of antisemitism. We join with Popes St. John Paul II and Francis in confessing our sins of antisemitism past and present. Through this prayer, we commit ourselves to the elimination of any remaining anti-Semitic teachings in the Catholic community and pledge to add our public voice in denouncing any manifestations of antisemitism in contemporary society. We ask your blessing so that we may have the strength to fulfill this pledge we make in your presence.

by Father John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, Profiles in Catholicism


A Prayer Amid an Epidemic


Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages "curing every disease and illness." At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.


Heal those who are sick with virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.


Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.


Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.


Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.


Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.


Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.


Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.


Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.


Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.


Jesus Christ, heal us.

by Kerry Weber America Magazine


A Prayer to Prevent Burnout in Health Care Workers:

“Resurrection”


Dark ringed eyes, hollow cheeks, marks where my mask was,

Blurry eyes, stumbling a bit, not sure if I can go in or stay at home,

Either way there is a lot to do at work, at home, wherever I go,

Time consuming tidying, shopping, cooking, cleaning, we are almost

Lost going home, going out, falling asleep, dreamless, sometimes

Separate from our families and friends, hoping against hope that work Will soon be over and we can go home, lie down, go to bed and sleep.


What about the hours? Conditions? Teams? The beds? The money?


Lord! Do you hear me?! Are you with me? What can be done to help?


Maybe I can sit in the Chapel, quietly, in between shifts, wondering

If I need to ring in sick, stay a bit in the Church, sleep on in prayers?


Then I find myself, not wandering around, but slumped at the foot of The cross, beneath your feet, my back against the wood upon which

You are nailed, immobilized, but moving, struggling to breathe.


Where did you find the energy to stay until the end: to stay alive until

It was impossible not to die, your Spirit not driven from your body But given up, simply, as the very last breath bore your life to the Father, finished, completely accomplishing the work of our salvation?


From where does it spring, this life of yours, bringing in the Resurrection: a secret known to you in the morning of being risen, Exploding into life, leaving a trace unlike any other trace on the very Cloth of burial, standing free of the tomb and walking in the garden To be taken as a gardener, and so discovered by love-in-the-waiting?


Rising from the foot of the cross, having met you in the garden, going

Out into the world’s demands, the busyness of the streets, the clamour Of home and work, family and activities, striding away from that Meeting in the garden, running back into what I left behind so Lifelessly, leaving all behind and living in the hope of being back, Again and again, oh Lord, for a time out of time, beneath your feet.

Let us pray: let us seek the prayers of your company and let us live

And live life to the full, breaking out of breaking down and begging The Father to breath that Spirt into us, not alone and exhausted, but Into all of us, cared and cared for, caring only not to be careless with The care you give us, poured out, pressed down, drop and final drop, Sparing nothing, exhausting everything, drawing from dry wells the

Water of everlasting life, spilling out and around and rising upwards!

by Francis Etheredge, author of the now published!!!

Within Reach of You: A Book of Prose and Prayers:


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