Songs

Listen to these beautiful songs by talented artists who encourage a discerning heart and Gospel action. See God's goodness in and around you.

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Jesus Wept by Ralph McTell

03/29/2020

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity spotlight Ralph McTell’s song Jesus Wept. It is a modern, folk hymn built on the phrase from John 11:35, the shortest verse in the Bible. He is an English singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar player who has been an influential figure on the UK folk music scene since the 1960s. McTell is best known for the Streets of London which has been covered by over two hundred artists around the world, and for his tale of Irish emigration, “From Clare to Here”.

Do People Bloom by Ezra Holbrook

02/27/2020

In the Lenten springtime Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity encourage you to listen to Do People Bloom by Ezra Holbrook. Find encouragement that we all can find growth and goodness amid the challenges of life. Ezra Holbrook grounds himself in a deep earthy similie to sing a song of hope and redemption in all of relationships.

Twenty Something by Katie Trotta

01/04/2020

Perceptively exploring the concerns and challenges of ’20 somethings’, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are grateful to feature Katie Trotta’s song 20 Something. Katie’s own words invite further dialogue. "Living in a world where we get a front seat view into other people’s lives through things like social media can make the pressure to figure out who you are and what you are doing with your life feel so much heavier than it should. Your twenties are supposed to be a time to test the waters, dive deep into exploring what makes you tick as a person, and come out the other end going “Wow, I know who I am and what I want!”. Or, at least that’s what I thought your twenties were supposed to be. I wrote ‘Twenty Something’ when I was 27. If someone had told me when I was a teenager that at 27 years old, I would still be single, struggling with my career, and still wondering how everything was going to work out… I would have laughed in your face. At 27 you are supposed to have it down! You are supposed to be living the life you dreamt about! You are supposed to have a handle on things! I mean, just look at the 27 years old on Facebook! They know what they’re doing! Enter the question: Is it just me? Am I the only one who feels this lost? Through writing ‘Twenty Something’ and playing it at shows, I have learned one of the best and most important lessons of my life. Everyone feels lost at times. No one feels like they have a completely firm grip on their life. We are all taking it day by day. And that is okay. Your twenties are such a beautiful, chaotic, wonderful time in your life. If you don’t have it all figure out by the end of it… don’t worry. You are not alone." – Katie Trotta

Pace e Bene by Brother Al Mascia OFM

10/02/2019

Pace e Bene inspired by the manner in which St. Francis greeted his fellow human beings no matter who they were. Brother Al Mascia OFM has been working with our sisters and brothers in need for many, many years including by establishing a Catholic Worker House for indigent persons with AIDS in Chicago back in the 1980’s until today by means of a great big vehicle called the Care’avan. He is also co-founder of the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace which promotes ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, reconciliation, peacemaking and education through Music, Art, organic farming and compassionate acts of community service. http://www.brotheral.org/brother_al/home.html

When Your Heart Breaks Through by Sam Brenner

08/21/2019

I love an audience. Always have. I’ve been pretending to play to sold-out crowds since I was a little kid. When I was 12, my parents bought me my first guitar—an acoustic Yamaha FD01S. That gift was enough to fuel a big dream. I pursued that dream with fervor and started playing my music in clubs, coffeehouses, and colleges all around the country. During my time on the road, I was fortunate to share stages with talented artists such as Lifehouse, The Verve Pipe, Steve Moakler, Andrew Ripp, Jesse Ruben, Lee DeWyze (American Idol winner), Griffin House, Joshua James, Barnaby Bright, and Brooke Annibale. Thousands of miles, hundreds of shows, dozens of broken guitar strings, and two studio albums later, I decided music will always be an important part of my life but it didn't need to be my full-time gig. http://www.sambrenner.com/

Come Holy Spirit

06/05/2019

This anonymous piece comes with wind and the gifts of the Holy Spirit as we celebrate Pentecost every day.

Jubilate Deo by Sister Renée Mirkes OSF

04/12/2019

To celebrate the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sesquicentennial, Sister Renée Mirkes wrote this score. The choristers are high school student members of the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Omaha, NE. The organist is Christopher Candela, the music director at St. Peter's. The recording technician is Clete Baker who records the Omaha Symphony. Another gentleman, Art Coate, used his music software program to help produce the finished score. The text of the verses combines the 3-fold theme: we recall (remember), we rejoice, we respond with text from the poetry of the Franciscan, Jacapone da Todi, 14th century. The refrain is the Latin phrase, Jubilate Deo--Sing Joyful Praise to God. The verses pick up tempo, imitating the quick steps of St. Clare, the slower, march-like tempo of the refrain imitates the preaching march of the friars throughout Umbria.

Song of Bernadette by Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen and Bill Elliott

03/06/2019

"Song of Bernadette" is a song written by Jennifer Warnes, Leonard Cohen and Bill Elliott, and first recorded on Jennifer Warnes' 1986 album Famous Blue Raincoat. The title refers to Bernadette Soubirous, a young French girl in the mid-19th century who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary on several occasions. She was canonized by the Catholic Church and proclaimed Saint Bernadette after her death.

Impermanent Things by Peter Himmelman

03/05/2019

Impermanent Things , a song that pleads for seeing life with new eyes, Peter Himmelman , multi-faceted musician and Emmy nominated film and television composer, offers this timely reflection suggesting movement to action,

Here I Go by Jayme Dawicki

03/05/2019

Nominated WAMI’s (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Album of the Year and Pop Artist of the Year, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity bring back by popular acclaim Jayme Dawicki’s “Here I Go”. Are you ready for your life to change?