Fr. Pablo Straub - Praying the Seven Sorrows of Mary with St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori - Catholic CD Review

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Little Lamb Music has produced another winning CD with Praying the Seven Sorrows of Mary with St. Alphonsas Maria Liguori, led by Father Pablo Straub, C.S.s.R. Those who have ever heard the voice of this widely popular Redemptorist priest know the story. Fr. Straub., a favorite on EWTN, is a storyteller, “par excellence,” and he brings his great talent to this CD.

However, the major point of interest of Praying the Seven Sorrows of Mary with St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori is that all the music, lyrics, meditations and text are by St. Alphonsus, taken from several of his written works. Fr. Straub’s deep, passionate voice brings rich emotion to the words of the saint. A perfect backdrop of strings and melodic voices accompany the narration.

Praying the Seven Sorrows of Mary with St. Alphonsas Maria Liguori starts with the song, “Aspirations to Maria.” The instruments and voices create a holy, reverential atmosphere, perfect for contemplating the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Fr. Straub then offers unique “short stories” on each of these Seven Sorrows, and the listener is led through the prayers that accompany each sorrow.

Fr. Straub interjects the phrase, “Oh my Mother, enable my heart to share your sorrow for the death of your Son.” This beautiful CD will enable the listener to do just that – allowing one’s own heart to “accompany” Blessed Mother Mary through Her Seven Sorrows.

You can purchase “Praying the Seven Sorrows of Mary with St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori” through Little Lamb Music at www.littlelambmusic.com.

Reviewed by Annie Karto

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Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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