Sacred music has a large part to play in our Catholic lives. Every one of us can surely name some religious song that lifts our spirits, be it “Ave Maria” or “Here I Am, Lord.”
But even music that is not specifically religious can have a spiritual side to it. Any beautiful melody can orient our thoughts towards God, the source of all creation – and that, in itself, is a kind of prayer.
In this series, I’ll highlight five pieces that, while not ostensibly “churchy,” are nonetheless very powerful at getting me into a prayerful, contemplative frame of mind. Sample them here, or make a playlist for your own quiet moments.
“The Rain” by Joe Hisaishi (on the album Blanc)
I was playing this in my classroom before school started once, and a student told me it sounded “sad.” I think I’d call it “reflective” (and it does get slightly more up-tempo at the end). Whatever it is, it’s beautiful, especially as played by Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau.
Which secular songs get you in a prayerful frame of mind? What would you add to the list?
Copyright 2016 Ginny Kubitz Moyer