Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Fellowship of Saints and Sinners


Mental Health Break—The Nunsense of Praise Music

The average age of the Dominican Sisters of St Mary is 28, and the order is growing in young new members— so much so that it is opening a new convent in Texas. Yesterday marked the album's release, now available on Amazon.

The average age of the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary is 28, and the order continues to add to its members— so much so that a new convent is opening in Texas. Yesterday marked the album’s release, now available on Amazon.

Yesterday NPR featured the “singing nuns of Ann Arbor, Michigan.” The Dominican Sisters of St. Mary have produced a debut album, Mater Eucharistiae, following on the heels of two separate albums by Catholic nuns that rocketed to the top of classical charts just this year.

The sacred beauty of the music stopped me in my tracks driving home from a long day of work and chauffeuring children around; it was a plaintive invitation to enter into the restful spaciousness of God’s presence. (You can sample the recording here.)

But then there is also the wonderful irony behind the phenomenon: two, now possibly three, bestselling albums by Catholic nuns in a year that has witnessed more efforts by the church hierarchy to silence its women of the cloth. The lesson? Maybe, that if you’re being pressured into silence by the powers that be, you should use your voice to belt out beautiful praise music to God; maybe, that if you’re not heard the first time, or second or third time, you should add your voice to a chorus and try singing in unison; maybe, that if you’re denied a pulpit, you should make a really good album.

Funny how the Spirit blows where She wills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Previous Posts

Thoughtful Christians—They're Around, Via Fare Forward
The cover story from the latest (July/August) issue of Christianity Today offers a refreshing antidote to all the gloom and doom that often accom

posted 2:39:15am Aug. 27, 2014 | read full post »

New Job, New Book
You may have noticed that I've not shown up at this intersection during the last week or so.  A new job, and, with the new job, the promise of a new book projec

posted 2:49:05am Aug. 25, 2014 | read full post »

Mental Health Break—The Wittenburg Door
If you're not already familiar with the online humor magazine The Wittenburg Door, now you are: think The Onion marries Reformed Christian theology and they have a wickedly funny child with an aptitude for making you laugh at most things religion-related in this world.  A "thank you" to saint and s

posted 11:41:16am Aug. 16, 2014 | read full post »

What You Are Saying Re: Driscoll
My last post generated some helpful, constructive input from fellow saints and sinners who read it.  Thank you, all. Saint and sinner Bruce writes:  You know I respect you and appreciate your writing, but I think this is a pride issue, not an evangelical issue. The Catholic Church, Lutherans, P

posted 2:49:05pm Aug. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Mark Driscoll's Fall: A Day of Reckoning for Evangelicals?
[CORRECTION NOTE: An earlier version of this article suggests Mark Driscoll has in fact now resigned; this is in

posted 10:46:15am Aug. 13, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.