Music Nurtures and sustains Our Spirit! Pop, Jazz, Folk, Instrumental

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. Victor Hugo

Music can change the world because it can change people. Bono

If music be the food of love, play on. Shakespeare

I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me – like food or water. Ray Charles

Contemporary music is rarely associated with music in a church or religious setting. Yet, like the psalms and hymns of old, it expresses the heart and soul of those who composed it and those who sing it, listen to it and dance to it.

While it can certainly mean more or less than what the composer intended, each person who listens may feel that certain lyrics and sounds express how they feel or think about some aspect of their life in relation to another or to the world around them.

I believe that the act of Sacred creation, which is an evolving universe of matter and spirit-atoms and energy- includes that which was intended for the development of our human consciousness as we attempt to live our lives with meaning and purpose.

“In my beginning is my end.”, wrote T.S. Eliot. He meant something specific about circularity and the spiritual journey he was undertaking, but the line has more than one application, and some find it works to designate certain tactics or challenges that poets may employ to jump-start their imaginations. One such is to begin with a last line and then write the poem that leads up to it.

“The Omega Point is a supposed future when everything in the universe spirals toward a final point of unification. The term was invented by the French Jesuit Catholic priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881–1955). Teilhard argued that the Omega Point resembles the Christian Logos, namely Christ, who draws all things into himself.” Castillo, Mauricio (March 2012). “The Omega Point and Beyond: The Singularity Event”

While Teilhard was writing from a Catholic perspective, my interpretation would describe the Omega point as the fullness of our human consciousness. Many women and men have arrived at that point and so inspire us to keep living with the hope and determination that is needed to fulfill our dreams and aspirations thus making the world a bit better for everyone.

“What a great song makes us feel is a sense of awe… A sense of awe is almost exclusively predicated on our limitations as human beings. It is entirely to do with our audacity as humans to reach beyond our potential.” Maria Popova

All truth is comprised in music and mathematics,” Margaret Fuller proclaimed as she transfigured the cultural and political face of the 19th century. Her contemporary and admirer Walt Whitman considered music the profoundest expression of nature, while Nietzsche bellowed across the Atlantic that “without music life would be a mistake.”  Maria Popova https://www.themarginalian.org/2019/01/24/nick-cave-music-ai/

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This page will contain the music that I find meaningful in some way. I might add the lyrics or an explanation of the song if I believe it will help you understand why I chose it in relation to this website. Also, I’ll add some Sacred Scripture quotes that relate to the overall message or meaning of the song.

This song, Losing My Religion, expresses why and how I feel and think about the Catholic Church. I substitute the pronoun “you” with the “Catholic Church”. Actually, the term “losing my religion” is an expression from the old south which means a person is losing their confidence in a personal relationship. When one relationship ends, another can take its place or grow more intense. After many years (74) as a practicing Catholic I came to realize that my loyalty to the Church was overshadowing my loyalty to Jesus. The power, fame, and fortune of the Catholic Church is not what Jesus intended. Read Luke 4:1-13 to verify that Jesus rebuked power, fame, and fortune.

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

Currently we live in the age of lies, mocking, and “alternative” facts. This causes many to lose their confidence in their religion and spirituality due to the confusion of not knowing who or what to trust. That confusion may cause people to avoid being true to themselves and just follow the crowd. You can’t follow Jesus without being honest to yourself and others. Spiritual well-being is built upon sincerety, discipline, conviction, and unconditional love. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Mt 7:21

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.” Proverbs 28:6 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Mt 11:28

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” Jn 14:6 Sometimes the group, the crowds, the Church can eclipse Jesus! When there is a lunar eclipse, the sun’s rays are blocked and darkness results during the day. The “Light of Christ” can be blocked by organized religion.

I listen to this every time I feel discouraged, lose my determination, get frustrated about life. Jesus is real to me when I remember he said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light..” Mt 11:28-30

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it….The Light has come into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the Light because their deeds were evil.” Jn 1:5

We must speak up, speak out when we confront evil: mockery, bulling, abuse, lies, racism, hatred, and other deeming attitudes and comments. What else can you add?

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Mt 11:28

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” Jn 3-8

Many times we ask, “What is love?” or we can be confused by what others say is love. Love can mean almost any kind of love yet we think of it as all the same. The ancient Greeks had many different concepts of love. Human love can be erotic (eros), brotherly (philia), familial (storge), love of self (philautia) and unconditional love (agape). God’s love is unconditional but we tend to think of it as conditional as this song implies. We can put conditions on our love or only love those who are nice to us, generous or caring. This song can help you think and pray about the kind of love you show to others and why.


“God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” Eph 2:4-5

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 Jn 4:8

A person’s love can be deceitful, manipulative, or even worse, as this song indicates. We must be aware of “toxic” people who use or abuse us. We must also realize that others like being a victim because they have a poor image of themselves, think they deserve being used or abused, or they want our empathy, our attention or just want to inflict pain upon themselves because that’s what they find that it gets the sympathy of others. Some think that Jesus wanted to be scourged, whipped, and crucified because of the Church’s teaching that his death was a sacrifice or atonement for our sins. I disagree! Franciscans never believed that “blood atonement” was required for God to love us. John Duns Scotus (1266-1308), said Christ was Plan A from the very beginning (Colossians 1:15-20, Ephesians 1:3-14). Christ wasn’t a mere Plan B after the first humans sinned, which is the way most people seem to understand the significance of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Great Mystery of Incarnation could not be a mere mop-up exercise, a problem solving technique, or dependent on human beings messing up. Adapted from Richard Rohr’s reflection: I AM That Which I Am Seeking 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 1 Cor 13:4

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled God’s Will. Romans 13:8

Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Cor 16:14

The Original Blessing It is said that the great psychologist Erich Fromm once said: Why is it that the human race prefers necrophilia to biophilia? WHY do we prefer missiles to celebration? Power-over to power with? Greed to letting go? “You have made all your works in wisdom.” Ps 104:24 “Every creature is a word of God, and is a book about God.” Meister Eckkart

 

Spiritual Well-Being doesn’t rely on possessions. Spiritual Well-Being cannot be stolen or destroyed by others. Spiritual Well-Being is the result of the Spirit of the Sacred that resides in your very being, your soul, your Self!

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” Mt 6:19

“Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.” James 5:3

Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your lifeSince you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.  For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.  But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Lk 12: 22-34

You cannot permit this cynical world to rob you of your dreams. Don’t let the naysayers win by giving in like that. “Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I am doing. He will do even greater things than these….” Jn 14:12

It was Winston Churchill who remarked that having enemies was a good sign that you stood up for something, sometime in your life.  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

“By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Gen 3:19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mt 6:19-21

“Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.” Ps 149:3-4

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